Olympia Waldorf School
5.00 (3 reviews)
Olympia Waldorf School Photo #2 - The Waldorf approach to early childhood is purposefully non-academic. Children are met with predictable daily and weekly rhythms during play, simple chores, and circle time. As they develop trust, they grow healthy and strong and inwardly free.
Olympia Waldorf School Photo #3 - 4th grade teacher, Shannon Murphy, instructs her class in the goals of the Science curriculum. At Waldorf, an evolving, long-term relationship with the teacher is vital to the holistic growth of the child and like all grades faculty, Ms. Murphy has moved up with her class since 1st grade.
- Olympia Waldorf School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational school serving preschool through eighth grade and is part of a worldwide network of more than 900 Waldorf Schools in 83 countries.
- OWS is a Member of The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).
|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
|Grades Offered||Grades Nursery/Preschool-8|
|Total Students||145 students|
|Student Body Type||n/a|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 23%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||14 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||10:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|Average Class Size||15 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
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Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$11,190|
|Tuition Notes||Price listed applies to grades 1-8. Go to www.olympiawaldorf.org/tuition--billing.html for Early Childhood information.|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$3,000|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Lori Lively|
- Waldorf education is a holistic and developmental approach that integrates academic, practical and artistic elements as it addresses the changing needs of the growing child and maturing adolescent. Waldorf schools engage the heart, hands, and mind, with a lively, experiential curriculum rich in literature, history, languages, the arts, the social and natural sciences. Olympia Waldorf School is non-denominational and open to children of all cultural, racial and religious backgrounds. Incorporated in 1985 as a non-profit organization, OWS owns the property of its current campus including Prairie Hall, a school building built in 1914 which is on our state's historical register, a Middle School building built in 1999, and a charming Kinderhaus on two, wooded acres. OWS is located just 15 minutes from downtown Olympia.
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Olympia Grades: NS-8 | 363 students
4706 Park Center Ave NE
Olympia, WA 98516
(360)493-2223 5.7 NS-8
Both my girls love this school. The environment is caring and encouraging. The early childhood program teaches them to be kind, independent children and doesn't focus on academics before children are ready for them. The lower grades allow children to excel in a variety of different areas, really encouraging the love of learning rather than just route memorization or standardized test prep. Kids can excel in so many more things than just reading and math, although those elements are there as well. They learn music, art, community, history, map drawing, science, and so much more. They are taught it in a way that relates so much of the material to what is around them and to the age that they are at developmentally. There is a focus here to teach the whole child rather than just academics!
- Posted by Parent - momof2
Since coming to Waldorf, my son has been able to open up in a way he never had before. This loving environment seeks out the best in each individual and allows them to thrive and shine in their own light. This school is not about memorizing facts to meet certain state standards; it is about engaging children in critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and more, while falling in love with the process of learning. It is these values that have Waldorf children thrive when transitioning into higher education. And, oh how I love our community!
- Posted by Parent - marip
There are no bored children at OWS. The teachers are very dedicated and the curriculum is very engaging! If you want your children to sit in a desk and memorize facts and learn how to google everything, sure, send them elsewhere. At OWS, they will learn how to function as human beings in this ever-changing world! It is a classically rigorous education, including music, art and ethics alongside math and English. I wish the school was more centrally located, but otherwise I am very happy with it. No school is perfect, but neither is the world they will someday experience.
- Posted by Parent - cordi
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