Potomac Crescent Waldorf School

Potomac Crescent Waldorf School Photo #1 - Welcome to Potomac Crescent Waldorf School. The only accredited Waldorf school in Northern Virginia.
Potomac Crescent Waldorf School Photo #2 - One of our kindergarten classes on Forest Day. Kindergarten children spend two days a week exploring nature.
Potomac Crescent Waldorf School Photo #3 - Our 3rd Grade classroom. A warm, nurturing learning environment for elementary students. Our elementary program offers small class sizes, individualized attention, and experiential learning. Teachers meet the student where they are and focus on developing the whole child.
Potomac Crescent Waldorf School Photo #4 - Waldorf curriculum combines strong academic work with artistic expression to facilitate a deep level of understanding and a love for learning.
Potomac Crescent Waldorf School Photo #5 - Handwork is a part of traditional Waldorf curriculum. It begins in kindergarten with finger-knitting and progresses to simple knitting and then complex knitting and crochet. Not only does this help the development of fine motor skills it helps develop mathematic skills
Potomac Crescent Waldorf School Photo #6 - The 3rd Grade spends a week on a farm in NY and regularly visits a local farm as a part of the curriculum. All children at our school spend time working in our biodynamic garden.
Potomac Crescent Waldorf School Photo #7 - Children experience carding wool, modeling beeswax, watercolor painting, helping in our biodynamic garden, preparing soup and rolls for snack time, and generous time in nature.
Potomac Crescent Waldorf School Photo #8 - We believe that time outdoors and a connection to nature is healthy and important the the development of a child.
Potomac Crescent Waldorf School is committed to educating the whole child in a nurturing, creative community.
We offer accredited Waldorf education programs: Parent-Child Programs, Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary Education for grades 1-5, summer camp, and ongoing parent education and community events.
Potomac Crescent Waldorf School (PCWS) is the only school in Northern VA that is a member of the independent Waldorf schools of North America.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Students: 94 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,505
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-5
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Cost Notes
Summer Camp is enrolled for weekly sessions. Cost for Summer 2020 has not been announced.
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
94 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade
Potomac Crescent Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
18 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
9 students
Classroom Dress Code
(No logos or flashy clothing allowed.)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
3-Day Preschool: $7,993 5-Day Kindergarten: $12,505 5-Day Elementary School: $19,083 *Tuition Assistance Available
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Jade Hines

School Notes

At Potomac Crescent Waldorf School, we believe in the preservation of childhood, the importance of imaginative play and time in nature, the integration of arts and academics, and the development of human beings who will make a difference in the world.

Waldorf schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to education. They integrate the arts and academics for children from preschool through twelfth grade. The aim of the education is to inspire life-long learning in each student and enable them to fully develop their unique capacities.

This year, we celebrate 100 years of Waldorf Education. Waldorf Education is an independent and inclusive form of education based on the insights and teachings of the renowned artist and scientist, Rudolf Steiner. Evolving from a profound understanding of the human spirit and human development, The first Waldorf school was founded in Stuttgart in 1919. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in over 80 countries around the globe.
  • Our programs at Potomac Crescent Waldorf School are true to Waldorf  educational philosophies of experiential learning, and we support age-appropriate activities that foster a lifelong love of learning.
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  • www.potomacwaldorf.org
  • information@potomacwaldorf.org
  • (703) 486-1309

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
This is the only pre-school in Arlington, that fully operates in the Waldorf tradition and teaches with head, heart, and hands. The teachers honor the true spirit of the children and receive them with love, not mechanical curricula. My child couldn't be more loved and cared for in any school in Northern Virginia. He is safe and growing, and we have peace of mind. What more can a parent ask for?
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Potomac Crescent Waldorf School is a very special place. The early childhood program provides the children with a true childhood, where they can explore imaginative play, help with work in the classrooms, and create beautiful art. In the grades, the teachers understand where each child is, and tailor their teaching accordingly. They integrate art, painting, stories, movement, and music into the learning so that the children learn their subjects deeply, and they develop many facets of themselves.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-5
  • Students: 94 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,505
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Alexandria, VA is $23,997 for elementary schools and $39,801 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Alexandria, VA is 69% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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