Santa Fe Waldorf School

Based on the pedagogical principles of Rudolf Steiner, the mission of the Santa Fe Waldorf School is to cultivate the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities of the developing individual through an age-appropriate early childhood through twelfth grade curriculum.
We educate the whole child in a balanced and healthy way.
Our students engage in rigorous academics and gain a fundamental connection to the natural world, an appreciation of themselves and others, and the ability for moral discernment.
Waldorf graduates become thoughtful, fulfilled citizens who think imaginatively, communicate effectively, relate compassionately, and initiate healthy change in the world.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Independent Schools Association of the South West (ISAS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1983

Student Body

Total Students216 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 52%
Students by Grade Santa Fe Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score521
Average ACT score25
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$16,000
Tuition NotesPreschool/Kindergarten: $10,133 Grades 1-5: $14,211 MS: $15,980 HS: $19,536Grades 1 -5: $12690 Grades 6-8: $14275 High School: $17450
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$7,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJen Warren


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Archery, Basketball, Dance, Snowboarding, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballAlpine SkiingArchery,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

School Notes

  • For nearly 100 years Waldorf education has provided a unique model for instructing and inspiring children of all ages. The Waldorf curriculum is broad and comprehensive, structured to respond to the developmental phases of childhood. Vibrant teaching methods inspire students to engage fully in each educational experience, inspiring a life-long love of learning.All academic classes are infused with art to encourage creative thinking, inspire self-discipline, and deepen the students' understanding of subject matter. Courses such as painting, drama, chorus, movement and orchestra support the academic lessons while practical arts-- weaving, woodwork, and metal work-- foster self reliance and a genuine engagement with the world.At the heart of the Waldorf approach is the recognition of the spiritual nature of the human being. Children are encouraged to remain open to the interconnectedness of life, and the entire education is crafted to support them in their growth as globally aware and socially-responsible individuals. With more than 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide and about 250 Waldorf schools and initiatives in North America, Waldorf education is the fastest-growing educational movement in the world.
  • In 1983, a group of parents who believed strongly in providing Waldorf education for their children and for the Santa Fe community, established the school with a Kindergarten and grades 1-3. Over the years, Santa Fe Waldorf has grown to become the only private school in Santa Fe offering the complete educational journey including Parent Infanct classes, preschool, elementary, middle school and high school. Since our modest beginnings, our enrollment has grown on our 13 acre campus in southeast Santa Fe. SFWS is an independent, nonprofit organization with accreditation through the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA).Additionally, our school is a full member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and the New Mexico Athletics Association (NMAA).  We welcome and serve students from a variety of social, economic, ethnic, cultural and international backgrounds.

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