Denver Waldorf School

Founded on Rudolf Steiner’s humanitarian curriculum, The Denver Waldorf School awakens and inspires students’ critical thinking, emotional intelligence and artistic expression, preparing them to bring relevant contributions to the world.

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded
1974

Student Body

Total Students
376 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
9%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
Denver Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
25 students
Average SAT score
1270
Average ACT score
24
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies from pre/k - high school
% on Financial Aid
12%
Acceptance Rate
95%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Leigh Rhysling

Sports

Total Sports Offered
4 sports

School Notes

  • The Waldorf approach works with human nature and recognizes that capacities emerge in students at fairly predictable stages, while also allowing room for individual rates of maturation. This appreciation for the metamorphosis of comprehension underlies both the organization of the curriculum itself and the changing methods of teaching throughout the grades.For the Waldorf student, music, dance and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about, ingested and tested — they are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate a lifelong love of learning as well as the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child: The heart and the hands, as well as the head.

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  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  
This as an incredible school. The philosophy hits the critical areas to develop the whole of the kids rather than just teaching to a test. Problem solving, collaboration, creativity are all ingrained and intertwined in what and how the kids learn. I don't think I could be providing a better education for my 3 kids.
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5  
We have three kids at the Denver Waldorf School and so far have been really happy with the education our kids are receiving. It's a humanitarian curriculum with a broad range of subjects, not just academics. It's an exciting way to learn and our kids love school, which is so important to us! We don't want them to think that learning is a chore. I have had moments when I've worried about whether or not the academics are rigorous enough, because our eldest child is gifted, and he sometimes complains about being bored in the more academic subjects, but he has the opportunity to become more well-rounded. We appreciate that, because he's going to cultivate his own gifts naturally, but he's not going to seek out the experiences that are hard for him, but ultimately balancing and character building. Also, I think he's more tolerant of others' varied abilities, because no subject is valued above another. Every gets to shine at something. I don't worry about him not being "pushed" to excel anymore, and I have not doubt that he'll be prepared for whatever he wants to do in life.
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The quality of teachers at DWS are unmatched in the way they attend to their students and their lessons. All information is taught in a very living and relevant way, based on where a class is in their development. Children in the ECE are taught through doing and imitation, the grades are taught through their feeling life with emphasis on beauty, art, story and rich language, for this is what speaks to them at this age. It is in the middle school and high school that information is taught to their intellect, when they are living in their thinking. By approaching education this way, children find the joy in learning and do not experience stress and burnout because they are being asked to do work with which they do not feel connected. The teachers are not only great educators, but the most outstanding human beings with whom I've ever been acquainted.
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5  
Amazing way to navigate middle school without drama, with kindness. Academic standards exceptional.
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5  
We started our daughter at Denver Waldorf School in sixth grade. She came from a Douglas County public school. She was at the top of her class when we switched schools. It was the best change we ever made. Our daughter is learning with greater depth, she is more challenged, and her education now not only includes traditional academics but it is enriched with woodwork, Spanish, and handwork. Her teacher knows each student well and knows his or her strengths and weaknesses. He is able to shore up each student's weaknesses while encouraging and strengthening the areas he or she excels in.
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Love this school. My children (twins) just got accepted to Stanford, and I could not be more happy with the education that they were given at DWS.
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The average private school tuition in Denver, CO is $12,024 for elementary schools and $13,996 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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