From our beautiful 7.2 acre campus in Milwaukie, our mission is to work out of the insights of Rudolf Steiner to educate children for the whole of life.
We nurture the imagination, cultivate the intellect, and recognize the spirit of each child.
In this way, children are strengthened individually and socially to meet the challenges of life.
Portland Waldorf School offers a broad education that includes, in addition to a full range of academic subjects, foreign language instruction, music, art (fine and applied), drama, movement, and physical education for all students.
Teachers introduce subjects when possible through imaginative and direct experience and movement, which appeals to the different ways children learn. Graduates are known as independent, interdisciplinary thinkers with an enthusiasm for learning.

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Portland Waldorf School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Oregon for:

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded
1982

Student Body

Total Students
267 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
9%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
Portland Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
34 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
26 students

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
% on Financial Aid
30%
Admissions Director
Mary Beaton
Admissions Associate
Shanti McCarter

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Student Ambassador Program - High School, Student Government - High School

Arts and Music Programs:
Advanced unicycling - Grades 4 - 6, Circus arts - Grades 4 - 6

School Notes

  • Portland Waldorf School was founded in 1982 as the Morning Song School. In the years since, it has steadily grown and moved through several locations in the Portland area before settling on our Milwaukie campus in 2002. In 1999, a dedicated group of faculty came together to grow Portland Waldorf High School, and today we are proud to offer a Waldorf education that spans early childhood through 12th Grade. PWS is a proud member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

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My child attended the Portland Waldorf School from Kindergarten through his senior year in high school. We could not ask for a more nurturing and supportive environment for our child. He was accepted to all the colleges that he applied to and offered scholarships by most of them. We feel very fortunate to have found such a wonderful - nurturing school for our son. The bonus is the rich applied arts programs that are missing in most public high schools. His portfolio was rich with woodworking, metal smithing, fiber arts and fine art!
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