Richmond Waldorf School

Richmond Waldorf School Photo #1 - In Waldorf schools, each student individually creates drawings, summaries, and original compositions about the subject being studied. A portfolio is created for each subject in the student's own handwriting. Waldorf students engage in academic subjects through a variety of artistic work because the arts engage the students more deeply and allow them to express themselves more fully.
Richmond Waldorf School Photo #2 - Seasonal community festivals bring rhythm and reverence to the school year. We model for our students the importance of being part of a larger community, and bring parents, teachers, students, and our broader community together through meaningful and festive gatherings.
Richmond Waldorf School Photo #3 - Daily outdoor playtime is essential in Waldorf education. Young children in Early Childhood will spend 90 minutes in outdoor play in all seasons! Grades 1 to 8 have two 25-minute recesses each day as well. We play in all seasons and weather - rain or shine, hot or cold.
Richmond Waldorf School Photo #4 - Kindergarten and preschool is meant for the development of healthy social skills, work habits, and a strong sense of self! Through daily artistic activities children nurture their imaginations all while developing a foundation for learning. A balance of work and play is beautifully weaved with song, story, and games to promote a healthy, happy childhood.
Richmond Waldorf School Photo #5 - Waldorf students go out in the world to experience what they have learned in the classroom. For the third grade class learning about farming, house building, measuring, and weighing to develop and solidify their scientific knowledge, experiential learning means building raised beds, tending to growing plants, and visiting farms.
Richmond Waldorf School Photo #6 - Visual and performing arts are integral parts of our daily curriculum. Students draw, paint, sculpt, sing, play flute and recorder, and perform dramatic presentations as a part of their academic studies. In addition, all Waldorf students learn to knit, crochet, sew, work with wood, and play violin or cello.
Richmond Waldorf School Photo #7 - Richmond Waldorf School instills a strong sense of community in our students through seasonal festivals and events.
Richmond Waldorf School Photo #8 - Handwork classes take place from Early Childhood through 8th grade. Children learn to knit, sew, crochet, and progress through a complex series of projects during their time at RWS! Handwork promotes hand-eye coordination, the children count stitches, follow a pattern, coordinate left and right hands, and pay careful attention to the work at hand. Through these activities, we reinforce number
Richmond Waldorf School Photo #9 - Middle school sports emphasize sportsmanship, appreciation of the game, good form, and teamwork. Students in Grades 6 through 8 are eligible to participate in after-school sports. Soccer is offered in the fall and spring and basketball in the winter to any enrolled student.
Richmond Waldorf School Photo #10 - At Richmond Waldorf School, the experiment comes before the concept. Students are not confirming what they know but discovering it. Through an interdisciplinary approach that reveals the connections among subjects, students explore essential topics and questions that will help them develop the foundation for a meaningful life.
Waldorf education meets the whole child--head, heart and hands.
We take a developmental approach -- the right subjects, in the right way, at the right time.
Learning is experiential, artistic, engaging.  We believe that questions are more important than answers and that all learning grows out of meaningful relationships.
In addition to a rigorous academic program, all students take Russian, Spanish, handwork and woodworking, violin/cello, chorus, movement, biking and organized games.   Afterschool sports offerred for Middle Schoolers

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1996

Student Body

Total Students211 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Richmond Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio14:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$14,800
Tuition Notes3-day Early Childhood: $6,450 5-day Early Childhood: $9,150 1st – 3rd Grade: $14,800 4th – 5th Grade: $15,500 6th – 8th Grade: $16,075
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$4,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorValerie Hogan


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Cycling, Mountain Biking, SoccerBasketballCycling,
Mountain BikingSoccer,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Movement Arts, Orchestra, Plays and Musicals, Russian, Spanish, Visual Arts, Woodworking

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball Team, Biking, Soccer Team

School Notes

  • The right subjects at the right time in the right way- That`s what Waldorf schools do.With 100 years' experience, Waldorf schools know when students are ready for new subjects, new concepts, and new skills. Our education serves students for the rest of their lives.
  • Waldorf schools help students develop into people who will make the world a better place by offering
    • 1. a rigorous academic program that develops clear, creative, purposeful thinking;
    • 2. a supportive social environment that builds self-awareness, empathy, and the ability to collaborate;
    • 3. classes in foreign languages, music, movement, and the arts that foster self-expression, competence, and confidence;
    • 4. two daily outdoor play times that nourish and reinvigorate body, mind, and soul.
  • Come check out RWS! A 21st century education based on 100 years' experience.

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High quality academics fueled by teachers who truly care about each child and celebrate each unique spirit in a way that allows confidence to flourish and creativity to flow.The parent community is awesome, the staff has to the best anywhere, but the most incredible part of this school is the kids. It is truly inspiring to witness what a child is capable of when allowed to develop in this kind of environment.
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