Emerson Waldorf School
- Emerson Waldorf School has offered a unique atmosphere of intellectual, creative and practical excellence since 1984.
- We provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum for Pre-K through Grade 12, fostering practical, artistic and academic skills, enthusiasm for learning, healthy self-awareness, and respect for other human beings and the world.
|School Type||School with Special Program Emphasis|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||Association of Waldorf Schools of North America|
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
|Grades Offered||Grades Nursery/Preschool-12|
|Total Students||279 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 18%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||29 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||10:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||25 students|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Average SAT score||1130|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Tuition Notes||Tuition varies by section of the school, $6,400-$16,865. Tuition assistance available based on need.|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Admissions Director||Raelee Peirce|
|Total Sports Offered||5 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketball, Cross Country,|
Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee,
- developmentally-based curriculum
- music and the arts for all students every day
- cross-disciplinary approach with block scheduling
- academic excellence without high-stakes testing
- multi-sensory and experiential learning
- Waldorf Education offers a time-tested curriculum with a rich blend of academics and arts. The curriculum and methods respond to the needs of the child at each stage of development and promote creativity, critical thinking and a lifelong love for learning. We provide a strong foundation in literature, foreign language, history, geography, music, fine and practical arts, mathematics, and science - the subjects today's child needs as a foundation for tomorrow's complex and challenging civilization.
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- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Durham Grades: PK-12 | 1229 students
3501 Ridge Road
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 493-5787 6 PK-12
- Chapel Hill Grades: NS-6 | 52 students
1702 Legion Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 929-3339 4.8 NS-6
- Durham Grades: K-12 | 134 students
809 Proctor St
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 688-3040 9.2 K-12
We love the curriculum that is based on child development; the attention paid to all parts of the child as a whole human (body, soul, mind), the deep teacher relationships, and the focus on preparing them for all areas of life, rather than just test prep. Our child is thriving at EWS after really struggling at a public school.
- Posted by Parent - bacoa
I have been extremely satisfied with the education my children (5, 7, 10) are receiving at Emerson Waldorf School. The focus by the faculty to support the development of the whole child: body, mind and will; has been notable and necessary. Our family was very hesitant at first because the pace at which "learning" occurred seemed so slow compared to our then pre-school and public school experience. In truth, our younger children developed a much richer vocabulary, better self-control and skills in navigating social challenges by learning through story and play in their Nursery & Kindergarten years, as such, they are much more motivated to engage in academic pursuits upon entering 1st grade. This was the best parenting decision we have made for our family. Education and support extend to parents, as teachers are available as resources at any time.
- Posted by Parent - KatieM
As an alum of EWS, I'm grateful for the rigorous, challenging curriculum that the Waldorf school provides. I am now in a demanding role as the CEO of an award-winning technology company in California our investors include Google's Head of Innovation, and folks from Amazon, Stripe, and Adobe, not to mention top Silicon Valley VCs. The discipline AND creativity required to effectively (and joyfully) navigate this world not to mention raise a few million bucks was instilled in my by my EWS education. The curriculum and learning style is designed for real-world success they instill the best problem-solving skills I've ever seen.I can think of no better prep for a young adult than to attend EWS to be pushed to their fullest, fully engaged. WALDORF TAUGHT ME TO SOLVE REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS WHERE OTHER SCHOOLS FELL SHORT.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - ECHarris
I found EWS when my child was about 3-years old, because as a mainstream teacher I sought something different from public school for my own child. The first time I visited campus and saw a Middle School Geometry lesson in action, I knew right away it was a great community. Faculty members work together to help foster independent thinking and social responsibility, and although there is a spiritual underpinning to the pedagogy, traditions from around the world are appreciated. No direct religious instruction is given. Celebrations draw from the seasons throughout the year. Not only are arts integrated across the curriculum, but the academics have prepared my child to be right on track for college.
- Posted by Parent - TeacherMom
I believe Waldorf education is a wonderful approach to support children at every step of their education. I attended EWS preschool through 8th grade and wouldn't trade my education there for the world. I now work in education and understand the depth and breadth of what this school brought (and still brings!).
- Posted by Student/Alumni - BWolf
I will always be grateful for the nurturing education I received at EWS. They taught me to be inquisitive and to love learning. Many degrees later I am still exploring!
- Posted by Student/Alumni - Dr. A
One of the questions my wife and me often get about EWS is how well it prepares its students for college, and the experience of our three daughters has been outstanding. Our oldest, a 2017 graduate, is now a junior at Skidmore College, and frequently tells us how well EWS prepared her for college. My middle daughter, who is slated to graduate in 2020, just got accepted to Haverford College. My youngest (a 9th grader) is fast on her older sisters' heels, loving school, thirsting for knowledge and the friendships she is developing.
- Posted by Parent - Mark Hulbert
Please don't fall for it! Seems great at first, but then after they Removed you in.....This place is a cult and you will get Removeded into it if you don't do your research first.Anthroposophists believe that they are on the side of the gods, and they believe that their critics are on the side of the demonic powers.Rudolf Steiner invented Waldorf Schools and Anthroposophy.Check it out carefully before trusting your children to these crazy ass people.....
- Posted by Parent - WaldorfCritic
I am a parent of 2 children at the Emerson Waldorf School. I have a 1st Grader and a 4th Grader currently. We have been incredibly satisfied by the academic program, the emphasis on the arts, and the overall educational approach. Both of our children are happy and thriving. They are challenged in a positive way in that they do not feel stress or anxiety in regards to the academic expectations.
- Posted by Parent - noble