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).
Quick Stats (2023)
- Top Ranked WA School
- Grades: Prekindergarten-8
- Enrollment: 90 students
- Yearly Tuition: $13,056
- Acceptance rate: 80%
- Average class size: 8 students
- Application Deadline: Mar. 1 / rolling
- Source: Verified school update
Olympia Waldorf School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for:
School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade
Academics and Faculty
Total Classroom Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
Classroom Dress Code
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
Mar. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
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
National avg.: 85%
- 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.
Source: Verified school update
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Olympia Waldorf School cost?
Olympia Waldorf School's tuition is approximately $13,056 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Olympia Waldorf School?
The acceptance rate of Olympia Waldorf School is 80%, which is lower than the national average of 85%. Olympia Waldorf School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Washington with low acceptance rates.
What is Olympia Waldorf School's ranking?
Olympia Waldorf School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for: Lowest average acceptance rates.
When is the application deadline for Olympia Waldorf School?
The application deadline for Olympia Waldorf School is Mar. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Mar. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).
With a son, a daughter, three cats and all that we could carry, my partner and I drove thousands of miles to get the special treatment offered by The Olympia Waldorf School grounds staff and invested families. The elder two are in College and High School and this year we graduate a second daughter that we are extremely proud of! We plan to continue the work of community with a positive focused intentional staff, administration and greater Olympia community. The self-confidence and focus of our youth reflects the interest teachers and administration place on the students in their charge. The children reflect years of life lessons learned and help us prepare for the work yet to be done. Whereas sports may be pursued outside of the curriculum, lessons in music language and community building have molded exceptional individuals that might contribute to creating "a more perfect union."
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!
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!
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.
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