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!.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • School Type: Waldorf School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 340 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,750
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 20 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Pasadena Waldorf School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:


School Overview

School Type
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Organizational support for High School Students with IEP or 504 plan
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
340 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
Pasadena Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
25 students
Classroom Dress Code
No logos or media-inspired clothing

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 20 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition ranges from $14,000 for part-time preschool to $30,000 for high school. Check our website for current rates.
Summer Program Cost Notes
Pricing is weekly
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Diane LaSalle
Admissions Associate
Leslie Stevens


Total Sports Offered
5 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
15 extracurriculars
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

  • Mandarin and Spanish languages both taught from 1st through 8th grade
  • HS students choose Mandarin or Spanis
  • 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, beeswax and clay 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.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Pasadena Waldorf School cost?

Pasadena Waldorf School's tuition is approximately $19,750 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of Pasadena Waldorf School?

The acceptance rate of Pasadena Waldorf School is 80%, which is lower than the national average of 84%.

What sports does Pasadena Waldorf School offer?

Pasadena Waldorf School offers 5 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Track and Field and Volleyball.

What is Pasadena Waldorf School's ranking?

Pasadena Waldorf School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Largest student body and Most extracurriculars offered.

When is the application deadline for Pasadena Waldorf School?

The application deadline for Pasadena Waldorf School is Jan. 20 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 20 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • School Type: Waldorf School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 340 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,750
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 20 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average acceptance rate in Los Angeles County, CA is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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