Portland Waldorf School

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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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
AdvancED
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1982

Student Body

Total Students267 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
9%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Portland Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers34 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size26 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
% on Financial Aid
30%
Admissions DirectorMary Beaton
Admissions AssociateShanti McCarter

Sports

Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
Volleyball

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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School Reviews

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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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