Richmond Waldorf School

Richmond Waldorf School Photo #1 - 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 #1 - 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 #2 - Our 6th graders embarked on a 3-day camping trip in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley together. This trip included rock climbing, caving and white water rafting! Waldorf education places a huge emphasis on creating opportunities for independence, community building and resilience through adventurous outdoor experiences! We are so proud to offer them these opportunities as they grow.
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 - First grade introduces students to the subjects they will be studying for the rest of their schooling. The fairy tales they hear explore the archetypes of the human experience; the letters they learn lay the basis for writing and reading; and the numbers and operations they explore initiate them into the world of mathematics.
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.
RWS provides a learning environment that promotes independent thinking, cultivates creativity, builds confidence, and develops practical skills. Our proven, holistic approach to education lays the foundation for a life full of meaning and purpose.
We practice a developmental approach and strive to give children the right content in the right way at the right time. We use a curriculum and methodology that takes children`s emotional and intellectual development into account so that they are truly ready for whatever they learn and do.
From the circle games of the Kindergarten through the rigorous academic assignments of the upper elementary grades, 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.

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Top Rankings

Richmond Waldorf School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:

School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
211 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade
Richmond Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
16 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
3-day Early Childhood: $7,245 5-day Early Childhood: $10,185 1st – 3rd Grade: $16,120 4th – 5th Grade: $16,480 6th – 8th Grade: $17,300
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Valerie Hogan


Total Sports Offered
4 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
11 extracurriculars
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 of experience, Waldorf schools know when students are ready for new subjects, new concepts, and new skills. Our holistic approach to education lays the foundation for a life full of meaning and purpose.
  • We help students develop into independent thinkers 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 for all ages that nourish and reinvigorate body, mind, and soul.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Richmond Waldorf School cost?
Richmond Waldorf School's tuition is approximately $16,120 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Richmond Waldorf School?
The acceptance rate of Richmond Waldorf School is 90%, which is higher than the national average of 84%.
What sports does Richmond Waldorf School offer?
Richmond Waldorf School offers 4 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cycling, Mountain Biking and Soccer.
What is Richmond Waldorf School's ranking?
Richmond Waldorf School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees.
When is the application deadline for Richmond Waldorf School?
The application deadline for Richmond Waldorf School is Jan. 31 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 31 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).
In what neighborhood is Richmond Waldorf School located?
Richmond Waldorf School is located in the Sherwood Park neighborhood of Richmond, VA.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
I am a parent of 2 at Richmond Waldorf School for over 6 years. My children absolutely love RWS. They love going to school, and they love their teachers. They have a true desire to learn as RWS creates lifelong learners who learn because they naturally crave the experience, challenge, and growth learning provides. As a parent, I have always valued the true love and compassion the teachers have for my children. Safety has never been a concern for me. The children are loved and protected by the RWS community. I truly feel the teachers know my children and truly love my children. I also appreciate the focus on the child, creativity, arts, nature, socialization, and structure. It provides a holistic environment for children to be children...and grow and develop in a way that is true to their nature, spirit, and development. This is a unique and special school, and I am so fortunate my children were able to have this experience.
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Our journey at RWS began with the parent/child Sprouts class, continued through Early Childhood, and now we're in the grades. The EC teachers created a space where my child felt welcome and loved. The daily, weekly, and seasonal rhythms changed our life. There's meaning and intention in everything. The free play introduced social skills and problem-solving. Playing outside in all weather developed resiliency. Now in the grades, my child is an avid reader, making lifelong friends, and is excited about school every single day. The field trips are incredible experiences full of memories and skills to last a lifetime. Art and beauty are woven into every subject. Every child learns to ride a bike, participate in woodwork/handwork, play instruments, and learn 2 languages, and recess is twice a day. Interacting face to face and growing relationships without screens is important to our family. The community is diverse in many ways, which I love. I am grateful for this unique, old-world, future-forward education that's developing my child as resilient, creative, collaborative, and kind.
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My child completed their first year at RWS last year and we have been very impressed. Her classroom teacher is highly experienced, employs early childhood best practices, and provides a nurturing environment for the students. I appreciate the balance of academic learning and social-emotional learning throughout the school program. In addition, I have been very impressed with the communication between our teacher and the school in general. We have also met wonderful families through the events at the school. We are now thinking about staying past early childhood into the K-8 programming. This school is a special place!
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I love that a Waldorf education engages the child's whole self: mind, body, hands, and heart. My kids run and jump and play; their independence grows as they master the ability to do all kinds of things for themselves, with their own hands, at their own speed; the stories they hear starting in the early childhood program take root in their imaginations and grow with them. Childhood, imagination, and freedom -- at RWS, all of these things are valued and cherished. We're very glad we found this school.
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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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The average private school tuition in Richmond, VA is $13,953 for elementary schools and $16,383 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Richmond, VA is 75% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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