New Amsterdam grows strong, loving, spirited human beings who know who they are and love what they do.
We provide a classical curriculum that is experiential, inquiry-based, and academically rigorous through a modern Waldorf approach.
Our students exercise individual freedom and self-initiative while developing meaningful, long-term relationships, building the resilience and skills they need to effect meaningful change in the world.
Founded in 2006, New Amsterdam School's East Village campus is a warm community that nourishes children and their families through parent-child programs, mixed-age kindergarten, and elementary grades 1-5.
Teachers integrate art, movement, and music into the daily life of our students, igniting the imagination and awakening a life-long joy in learning.
New Amsterdam School is an independent, nonsectarian school dedicated to educating a diverse community of children and their parents.
As a member of WECAN (the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America) and Associate Member of AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America), our school is part of the well-established Waldorf movement that today includes over 1000 schools and 1600 early childhood programs in 58 countries.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: Waldorf School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Yearly Tuition: $35,900
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

School Type
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details
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Student Body

Total Students
Student Body Type

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
13 teachers
Average Class Size
16 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%

School Notes

Parent-Child Seedlings
  • Seedlings is a warm welcome to Waldorf education and is a nurturing program for both parents and children. Our group classes support healthy physical, social, and emotional development through activities specially designed for stages of the very young child, including songs, games, and finger-plays, and baking. Each class also includes time for conversation and parenting support.
Maples 2-Year-Olds Program
  • Maples is a wonderful introduction to the Waldorf early childhood classroom curriculum and our school community. Led by an experienced Waldorf teacher, the children take part in free play, bread-baking, snack preparation, and circle time with nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays, and stories. Parents have the opportunity to work on simple crafts and to engage in the study of child development. Children, parents, and teachers enjoy a nutritious organic snack and outside time together. Parents will stay with their children in the classroom until their child is ready for a bit of separation.
Mixed-Age Kindergarten
  • Children ages 3-6 enter our kindergarten class find a sanctuary where they can confidently move, play and explore in a nature-based environment with experienced educators prepared to support their development with a peaceful, caring approach. Held nearly entirely outdoors in our "outdoor classroom" community garden, our kindergarten offers a nurturing rhythm that is balanced between lively and quiet activities, and that reflects the child`s need for active play, meaningful social interaction, and attentive focus. Free play, songs, movement games, snack preparation and cleanup, circle, nature exploration, seasonal crafts, doll-making, storytelling, and puppetry weave the pattern of the day.
Grades 1-5
  • In our elementary school, New Amsterdam students follow a curriculum that integrates the sciences and humanities with art and practical activity. In grades one through five, practical, hands-on experiences in areas such as farming, carpentry, cooking, and buying and selling provide a rich basis for both the mathematics and language arts curricula. Children create their own textbooks, complete with drawings, diagrams, and text. Vocabulary and comprehension are consciously built through repeated exposure to high-level literature as well as the teacher`s own stories, and math skills are developed through activities that encourage pictorial, flexible thinking, and creative approaches to problem solving. Each child develops the will to face increasing challenges through their daily practice of the arts, physical activity, and project work.
  • We teach the core subjects in daily main lesson blocks in which we discover and delight in one topic for a two-hour-period over the course of four weeks.  This generous rhythm allows students the time and opportunity to penetrate each subject, whether history, biology, mathematics, or geography, thoroughly and with purpose. The schedule is arranged to ensure plenty of free play outside each day, time for eating and rest, and time for experiencing the complexity of healthy social life.
Profile last updated: 07/22/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
Our daughter was two when she first attended parent child at New Amsterdam School and we have been a part of the community for the past 7 years. It has been her second home where she feels safe, free, respected and loved. The teachers are committed in their work to understand each child. The neighborhood garden and local parks is where the children play and enjoy a bit of nature twice a day, every day. Our daughter has grown to be a strong and caring person who experiences school life in a balanced, wholesome way, where she works diligently in all academic subjects and plays vigorously with friends whom she has developed strong relationships with through the years. NAS has provided support for us as we navigated parenthood. During these trying times of COVID, NAS has been open for full day learning. The small class sizes allowed for appropriate social distancing, where our daughter can attend school in person. It is important to experience the social aspects of learning and we feel truly grateful she continues to.
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My son who is 8 and daughter who is 5 currently attends New Amsterdam School and I am grateful for the care and attention that my children receive as individuals. This school looks at the whole individual child and nourishes their unique development. An emphasis is placed on learning with natural materials such as wood and beeswax. My children are currently learning Japanese and Spanish. New Amsterdam has mastered balancing learning with intention and focus with outdoor play and movement. This balance understands that a child is a child who yearns to move and play while harnessing a love to learn and focus.
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Our girls have attended New Amsterdam School for four years now and we are delighted with the school! The teachers are truly caring and extremely skilled. The school feels like a beautiful second home to us. The children get plenty of outdoor time every day; they bake bread and make soup; they enjoy story telling, singing, movement, second languague, and pupet shows on a daily basis.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: Waldorf School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Yearly Tuition: $35,900
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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