Olympia Waldorf School

  • 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).

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1985

Student Body

Total Students145 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Olympia Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
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Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$11,190
Tuition NotesPrice 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
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorLori Lively

School Notes

  • 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.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Olympia
    Grades: NS-8 | 363 students
    5.7 miles
    4706 Park Center Ave NE
    Olympia, WA 98516
    5.7 NS-8
  • Yelm
    Grades: PK-12 | 144 students
    11.9 miles
    13036 Morris Rd Se
    Yelm, WA 98597
    11.9 PK-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
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!
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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!
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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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The average private school tuition in Olympia, WA is $9,818 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Olympia, WA is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).