Minnesota Waldorf School

5.00 5 1 (9 reviews)
Tel: (651)487-6700
  • Located on eight acres of green space with areas of prairie and oak savannah restoration, wetlands, an orchard and more, our school is a haven for curious minds, active bodies and open hearts.
  • The Waldorf curriculum skillfully weaves the core subjects of math, science, language arts, and humanities, with music, art, movement, foreign language, handwork and horticulture, creating lifelong learners who are curious, motivated and conscientious.

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs Supportedplease inquire
Year Founded1981

Student Body

Total Students195 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by GradeMinnesota Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio16:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesPlease see our tuition page for cost.
Admissions DirectorVaara Ostrin


Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Soccer, VolleyballBasketballSoccer,

School Notes

  • Waldorf Academics: At the Minnesota Waldorf School, our curriculum is comprised of a strong core of humanities and sciences, which is carefully and creatively integrated with art, handwork, foreign language, music and movement.
  • Preschool & Kindergarten: In our charming kindergarten, nurturing teachers gently guide children trhough creative play and imagination-- laying a firm foundation for academic work in the grades. Teachers lead children through a day of play and work, story and song, nature and movement-- awakening and celebrating each child's innate sense of joy and wonder. Grinding wheat to make bread, washing and carding wool, collecting eggs from the coop, and watercolor painting create an awe-filled, intelligent foundation that sets the stage for academics to begin in 1st grade.
  • Parent-Toddler Class: Share in a cozy morning of cooking, toy making or seasonal crafts, then join in the comforting rhythm of circle time and a healthy snack. Each morning session ends with a parents-only discussion with a trained Waldorf teacher, to help you explore joyful ways to parent with warmth, rhythm and understanPrivate Schoolsding.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
5  11/25/2016
My two children have attended Minnesota Waldorf School for four years. We made the decision to have them attend a Waldorf school after seeing a friend's (now adult) daughter's experience in a California Waldorf school. Both children have thrived at MWS and are happy and excited to go to school every morning. MWS is a great community. I love being part of a community of families with shared values (no/limited screen time for young children, outdoor play, art, music, recess, natural and organic foods, tolerance, emphasis on reduce, reuse, recycle). The support of its teachers, staff, and other parents has been invaluable.
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5  5/17/2016
I have two children attending MWS and I cannot imagine them ever attending anywhere else. The faculty and staff are supportive, warm and very committed to the success of each child. The focus is on meeting your child where they are at on a personal, academic and social level to develop your child's unique gifts I highly recommend MWS.
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5  9/19/2015
All it took was one visit to know this was the right school for our daughter! We share the idea that time spent outdoors in kindergarten (and later), enhancing their imaginations and being creative seem more appropriate than "pushing" academics and homework too soon.
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5  8/1/2015
My son attended Minnesota Waldorf School from 4th - 8th grade (graduated June 2015) and it was a wonderful experience. The teachers at the school are very passionate and care deeply about the students well-being and development. Subjects are brought in a very hands on way that captures a wide variety of learning styles. They start academics and homework a bit later than some schools, but by the upper grades they are approaching very challenging materials with confidence. I would wholeheartedly recommend this school to any family in the Twin Cities!
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5  5/28/2013
My daughter just finished her last year of Kindergarten at the Minnesota Waldorf School and will be going on to first grade in the fall. We could not be happier with the teachers, classrooms, community and curriculum at MWS. It is a warm and loving environment, the academic schedule is based on neurological studies of how the brain develops and the optimal time to introduce math, science and reading. And of course we love the emphasis on connecting kids to the outdoors and limiting media exposure. This is a fabulous school and must be experienced to really understand its uniqueness and beauty. Do yourself and your child a favor: call to set up a visit.
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5  5/18/2013
My children are getting a well round and inspiring education. We love the curriculum and the community.
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5  5/18/2013
Our children are very happy and enthusiastic about going to school here. Compared to other schools we looked at, the environment is calm, respectful and fun. The children are very well rounded academically, artistically and athletically. What a great place to learn.
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5  5/9/2013
Sending our children to the Minnesota Waldorf School--best decision ever!
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5  7/9/2012
Excellent, community oriented school. Broad curriculum does not leave out the arts, music and physical education along with sold academics taught in a developmental manner.
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