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Santa Fe Waldorf School Photo #1 - Students learn best through their own observations and discoveries. The Waldorf approach encourages students to observe carefully and think clearly about the world before them. Instead of presenting answers, the teacher poses questions that lead the student to insight and knowledge founded in experience.
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Santa Fe Waldorf School Photo #1 - Students learn best through their own observations and discoveries. The Waldorf approach encourages students to observe carefully and think clearly about the world before them. Instead of presenting answers, the teacher poses questions that lead the student to insight and knowledge founded in experience.
Santa Fe Waldorf School Photo #2 - Music is taught in a Waldorf school not only for its own sake and the joy it engenders, but also because it brings a strong harmonizing and humanizing force into the student`s life, strengthening the will and capacities for the future.
Santa Fe Waldorf School Photo #3 - All academic classes are infused with art to encourage creative thinking, inspire self-discipline, and deepen the students` understanding of subject matter.
Santa Fe Waldorf School Photo #4 - From a young age, students participate in a variety of performances, giving them poise, grace and confidence. Annual class plays reflect the curriculum, from simple puppet shows in Kindergarten to full-length plays in the upper grades.
Santa Fe Waldorf School Photo #5 - In Woodwork and Handwork classes, students produce objects that have a practical use with real value. This helps them understand that their work is important and brings an awareness that they have a place and responsibility in the world.
Santa Fe Waldorf School Photo #6 - Physical education, through team sports such as Basketball, Volleyball and Track & Field, and classes such as PE, Eurythmy, and Circus Arts, is an integral part of our students` healthy development and offers them the opportunity to develop self-discipline and empowerment, strategic thinking, and physical and social skills.
Santa Fe Waldorf School Photo #7 - From elementary to high school, our students experience so much more than the standard field trip or overnight class camp out. Our Wilderness Education Program offers week-long wilderness expeditions in each of the four years of high school. These outdoor experiences help ground students, teaching them to work cooperatively and to appreciate and protect the beauty of nature.
Santa Fe Waldorf School Photo #8 - Santa Fe Waldorf School. Education for a Whole Life. These five words reflect the fact that Waldorf education has a significant impact throughout one`s entire life, and also is an education system that impacts all aspects of life, bringing cohesiveness and integrity, a sense of "wholeness" in life.
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.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked NM School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 217 students
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Santa Fe Waldorf School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Mexico for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Year Founded
1983

Student Body

Total Students
217 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
15%
State avg.: 52%
Students by Grade
Santa Fe Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
98%
Average Class Size
15 students
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
1075
Average ACT score
24
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Preschool - Kindergarten 2-5 days, full or half $5,250 - $9,865 Grades 1–5 $15,550 Grades 6–8 $17,290 Grades 9–12 $20,700
% on Financial Aid
27%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$11,469
Acceptance Rate
85%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Kate Pavuk

Sports

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.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the acceptance rate of Santa Fe Waldorf School?

The acceptance rate of Santa Fe Waldorf School is 85%, which is lower than the national average of 87%.

What sports does Santa Fe Waldorf School offer?

Santa Fe Waldorf School offers 10 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Archery, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Flag Football, Snowboarding, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball. Santa Fe Waldorf School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in New Mexico for most sports offered.

What is Santa Fe Waldorf School's ranking?

Santa Fe Waldorf School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Mexico for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees, Largest student body and Most sports offered.

When is the application deadline for Santa Fe Waldorf School?

The application deadline for Santa Fe Waldorf School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Great school provides a solid academic foundation that instills creative problem solving and the skills to truly succeed. The students are educated in a more complete way with art, movement and music integrated to the core curriculum. It is all about learning and not teaching to a test. The teachers are dedicated and the community of parents is very actively involved.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked NM School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 217 students
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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