Linden Waldorf School

Linden Waldorf School, the only Waldorf school in Tennessee, serves grades Pre-K through 8th and holds the coveted dual accreditation by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.
Centrally located in vibrant Nashville, Tennessee, our campus rests on twelve verdant acres.
Linden Waldorf School`s mission is to provide education that honors the developmental stages of childhood, cultivates a love of learning, and addresses the whole child through the head, hands, and heart. Community is the fabric of a Waldorf education.
Life at Linden feels comfortably familiar, even to new arrivals. We think it might be because, in the midst of today's bustle and noise, our goal is to bring joyful reverence to the education and keeping of every child entrusted to us. The rhythm of annual festivals and events fills these young lives with confidence and security.
A dedicated community strives to hold our diverse student body in an embrace of inclusivity.
While teaching support of the environment through sustainable practices, we strengthen the message that children and adults can collaborate to be good stewards of the earth. Alongside rigorous academics, a Waldorf school revolves around bringing a depth of meaning and the richness of discovery to every facet of the social education it provides.
Simply put, Linden Waldorf School's aim is to prepare the whole child for the whole world.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1997

Student Body

Total Students204 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 16%
Students by Grade Linden Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers24 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(No logo apparel, closed-toed shoes; modest and comfortable apparel appropriate for freedom of movement.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$16,850
Tuition Notessee website:
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorMari Beth Sartain, Enrollment
Admissions AssociateMiriam Mimms, Outreach


Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsArchery, Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Flag Football, Gymnastics, Intramural Sports Only, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, WrestlingArcheryBadminton,
BasketballCross Country,
DanceFlag Football,
GymnasticsIntramural Sports Only,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball Club, Crosscountry Club

School Notes

  • The only Waldorf school in Tennessee, Linden Waldorf School is part of a global community of Waldorf schools celebrating 100 years of education in 2019. Set on twelve verdant acres in the heart of Nashville, Linden Waldorf School serves children from early childhood through the eighth grade. Our teachers are committed to developing students' intellectual flexibility, independent judgment, and moral courage. Waldorf educators work with the conviction that childhood is sacred; that children learn naturally when the curriculum meets their developmental needs; that children's imaginations need to be nurtured and protected; and that students should be engaged through active, curious participation in their learning. Our faculty emphasizes the importance of a children's ability to find joy in learning and to experience wonder and awe in the world around them. Come see this dynamic education come alive at our Windows on Waldorf tours for adults. Reserve a spot at For information about our school, please contact Outreach Coordinator Miriam Mimms at
  • Our Vision: We envision a thriving intergenerational and diverse community of lifelong learners dedicated to fostering the ideals of Waldorf education with the intention of cultivating the intellectual curiosity, moral consciousness, and physical well-being of our students, families, and the greater community.
  • Our Mission: Linden Waldorf School`s mission is to provide education that honors the developmental stages of childhood, cultivates a love of learning, and addresses the whole child through the head, hands, and heart. 
  • We Value: Waldorf education and participating in its evolution; building on the foundation of Rudolf Steiner`s insights into child development and actively working to keep the education relevant to our time and place. Education that is developmentally appropriate, addresses the whole child, is academically challenging and fosters a lifelong love of learning. A thriving community built on the ideals of peace, joy, cooperation, collegiality, financial responsibility, diversity, integrity and respect. A deep connection with nature that nurtures wonder and reverence for the world around us. We value bio-dynamic agriculture and other forms of environmental stewardship that create a sustainable path into the future. A welcoming learning environment where faculty and staff strive to bring students to an understanding and experience of the common humanity of all the world`s people - transcending stereotypes, prejudices, and divisive barriers. 
  • LWS At a Glance:
  • Linden Waldorf School
  • 3201 Hillsboro Pike
  • Nashville, TN 37215
  • 615.354.0270
  • Office Hours M-F 8:00am to 3:30pm
  • Year founded: 1997
  • Accreditation:  
  • Member, Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)
  • Member, Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN)
  • Member, Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
  • Status: Non-sectarian, coeducational, 501(c)(3) nonprofit
  • Serving: Parent-Child, Early Childhood, Grades 1-8
  • Classroom Teacher-Student ratio: 1:10
  • Average Class Size: 17
  • Full or part-time faculty: 61
  • Percentage of students receiving tuition assistance in 2017-18: 31%
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Linden Waldorf School welcomes families who are interested in committing to the pursuit of a Waldorf education for their children in grades pre-school through eighth. By eighth grade, students will have completed a rigorous academic curriculum, rich in global and cultural contexts, science and math (physics, chemistry, math, pre-algebra or algebra I), language arts, both Mandarin and Spanish, chorus, instruction in a musical instrument (orchestral stringed instrument, recorder, flute, Orff), woodworking (grades 4 and up), handwork (all grades), movement, games, and group sports, and abundant outdoor time on a 12-acre campus. Individualized placement counseling is offered to assist eighth graders with successful matriculation to high school. For admission, adherance to LWS Family Handbook and Policies and Procedures is required. Families are asked to restrict or limit screen time for students at home. Students may not have cell phones or digital devices at school. Adherence to dress code is required. Students participate in seasonal school festivals as part of the curriculum. Participation in music and movement classes is mandatory. Linden Waldorf School is designed to meet the needs of children with an average and above average range of intellectual, emotional, and physical needs who do not present significant or persistent learning differences or challenges. While our approach appears to offer benefits to students with learning challenges (education through multiple modalities and emphases on art and music), it has been our experience that the children who thrive in our environment are those who enjoy learning, do well in an auditory learning environment, are responsive to artistically rendering what has been presented orally in the lessons, can work independently and collaboratively in groups, and can accept responsibility. Other school requirements as specified upon enrollment.   
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