Pasadena Waldorf School

Pasadena Waldorf School is a community for those who think deeply about the world and their place in it.
It is a conscious approach to parenting and education founded on the wisdom of Rudolf Steiner who opened the first Waldorf School in 1919.
Steiner recognized that every child is gifted; he inspired teachers to know each student individually and to meet them authentically, with a rich, holistic and experiential curriculum that has been thoughtfully developed and intentionally structured with the healthy development of the child at the center.
The results are confident, talented, grateful and conscientious individuals who know they are capable of achieving whatever they can imagine and they graduate with a great capacity for imagination!.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedOrganizational support for High School Students with IEP or 504 plan
Year Founded1979
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students360 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Pasadena Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size25 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
( No logos or media-inspired clothing)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 20 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$19,750
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $13,100 for part-time preschool to $25,380 for high school. Check our website for current rates.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$10,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDiane LaSalle
Admissions AssociateLeslie Stevens


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballFlag Football,
SoccerTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:
choir, drama (integrated into curriculum at age appropriate grades), eurythmy, knitting, line drawing, music ensembles, orchestra, painting, pentatonic flute, photography, sculpture, string instruments, weaving, wind intruments, wood working

School Notes

  • Japanese and Spanish languages both taught from first through 8th grade
  • Mandarin and Spanish are offered to 9th through 12th grade
  • Stringed instruments (cello, violin, viola) are taught beginning in third grade and a wind instrument is added in fifth grade
  • High school students can choose a music path: orchestra with strings or wind instruments, guitar or percussion ensembles.
  • Instrumental and vocal music are taught from first through twelfth grade
  • Painting, drawing, modeling are integrated into the curriculum
  • Cursive writing is taught in third grade
  • Eurythmy/movement is taught from Kindergarten through 8th grade.  
  • Outdoor games and physical education are offered in everygrade
  • Competitive Sports; volleyball, track, flag football, soccer are offered from fifth grade through high school .
  • Manual arts handwork (knitting, cross stitch, felting, weaving, sewing), woodwork, leather work and crafts are taught beginning in first grade and continue through the grades
  • Camping, class trips, day field trips and excursions occcur throughout the year 
  • Class plays are performed beginning in first grade
  • Festivals and seasonal performances are incorporated into the fabric of the school's social life.  These occasions provide opportunity for reverence and joy.
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  • Pasadena
    Grades: K-12 | 858 students
    4 miles
    1030 E California Blvd
    Pasadena, CA 91106
    (626) 396-6300
    4 K-12
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    Grades: K-12 | 1236 students
    28.9 miles
    23620 Mulholland Hwy
    Calabasas, CA 91302
    (818) 591-6580
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  • Pasadena
    Grades: K-8
    2.5 miles
    1005 Armada Drive
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    (626) 795-9314
    2.5 K-8
  • Pasadena
    Grades: PK-12 | 359 students
    3.7 miles
    67 W Bellevue Dr
    Pasadena, CA 91105
    (626) 792-5940
    3.7 PK-12
  • Pasadena
    Grades: 4-12 | 500 students
    4.6 miles
    324 Madeline Dr
    Pasadena, CA 91105
    (626) 799-1153
    4.6 4-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
I am consistently impressed and touched by how much time the teachers take to prepare lessons for their specific group of kids. There is a huge amount of crafting that goes into making the learning here meaningful and relevant to the students. Every school day for my kids had real meaning, real challenge and I can see their growing sense of purpose. Sure, it's still school- with things they like and things they don't.... but in that context it is the best I can imagine for them.
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This place is great. The teachers care about the kids. Curriculum is appropriate for each grade and builds on prior years. Students are taught to communicate, be respectful and care about the world they live in. The facilities are top notch, lots of room for kids to play and be imaginative. The music and arts programs are the best. Science is taught through observation and experimentation, which is the way it should be. The administration cares about each child and really supports parents in their educational journey. I highly recommend PWS.
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Great School, wonderful and engaged parent community. Caring and committed teachers, unusual but very effective and time tested curriculum.
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All three of our children are going to or have gone to this exceptional school from kindergarten through high school. Our eldest is now in her second year in college in Chicago and she credits her Waldorf education on a regular basis on helping her navigate her new life in a strange city and a challenging institution with confidence.
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The average private school tuition in California is $11,712 for elementary schools and $20,099 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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