Shining Star Waldorf School

  • A private Waldorf School offers full and part time enrollment for children 3-14.
  • We offer all the arts and music of Waldorf education, healthy education without technology, creative classic academic education, handwork, choir, instruments, gardening, German, Russian, and more.
  • Parents and teachers work together to provide rich festival and seasonal rhythm, Fridays outdoors all day in the wilds of the metro area.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Religious AffiliationOther
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded2003
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students116 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade Shining Star Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers8 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio15:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
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Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$6,100
Tuition NotesN is $3000, K is $4400, Gr 1-8 $6k including Friday Outdoor Nature Progam
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$1,200
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJulie Perko


Total Sports Offered1 sports
SportsTrack and FieldTrack and Field

School Notes

  • Preschool and K are ages 3-turning 6 years old, play and social based curriculum, stories, crafts, singing, games, imaginative play, seasonal arts and cooking
  • Grades 1-8, Gentle imaginative introduction to academics, playful and body-movement oriented, students create their own text books with their own art and writing, heavy emphasis on social responsibility, self management, critical thinking, history and story lessons, play, as the grades increase, academic lessons increase into very complex and advanced subjects by middle school, advanced math and writing but with art embedded into each block.  Science, history, culture, philosphy, problem solving, and more included in a rich educational program that moves seamlessly between academics and imagination.  Students study in blocks of 3-4 weeks, intensely each day for 2 hours, then change subjects, middle of day and afternoon are filled with subject teachers and special lessons in music, choir, instruments, foreign language, ceramics, handwork like knitting, crocheting, stitching, sewing, doll making, games and sports, eurhythmy, cooking, gardening, crafting, and much more.  Students model, draw, paint, sculpt, and use a wide vareity of mediums to convery ideas, thoughts, and concepts.  Each year several major plays are produced with student help in writing, song creation, and acting.  Our seasonal focus includes Dragonfest in September, Starry Night Lantern Walk in November, Winter Spiral of Lights, Feburary Festival of the Bees, and Merry May Day.

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