Swallowtail Waldorf School
5.00 (5 reviews)
Tel: (503) 846-0336
Swallowtail Waldorf School Photo #2 - Mr. Eddie leads a circle time story in one of our beautiful kindergarten classrooms.
Swallowtail Waldorf School Photo #3 - Our full time biodynamic farmer leads the children in education groups about planting, harvesting, understanding the natural world and caring for the earth.
Swallowtail Waldorf School Photo #4 - Image from a Grade 6 Artistic Geometry block. These students are learning Geometry through the use of compasses and protractors. They must learn how to do their math correctly without the assistance of computers.
Swallowtail Waldorf School Photo #5 - Even on our main campus, students spend much of their day outside, in all kinds of weather. Our 6 acre campus has open field space, garden areas, trees to climb, a covered basketball court, and traditional play structures.
Swallowtail Waldorf School Photo #6 - We give fewer assignments but expect higher quality work, encouraging students to take their time and bring depth to their understanding of the various academic concepts.
Swallowtail Waldorf School Photo #7 - Academic subjects are brought in diverse ways to meet every child's learning style - through artistic renderings, written work, stories and presentations, and acting out scenes. This day the students are studying the government structure of Ancient Rome.
Swallowtail Waldorf School Photo #8 - In the 3rd grade measurements block, students learn about various measurement systems throughout history and around the world. Here they measure our hallways in cubits. Whenever possible, movement and physical experience are incorporated into the learning.
- Bringing a balance of academic, artistic, and practical activities
- Instilling confidence and self-reliance Presenting appreciation for truth and beauty
- Imparting clear thinking with a compassionate heart Developing the capacity to work creatively with life's challenges
- Fostering a sense of social and environmental responsibility Viewing ourselves as members of a wider community, where differences are celebrated and connection prioritized.
- Providing a vibrant school community of caring teachers, staff, parents, and children
|School Type||School with Special Program Emphasis|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||Association of Waldorf Schools of North America|
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
|Grades Offered||Grades Nursery/Preschool-8|
|Total Students||138 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 22%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||11 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||13:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||15 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
(We advise that children be dressed in plain, sturdy clothing that refrains from supporting cartoon or media characters or brands.)
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Jan. 31 / rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$12,450|
|Tuition Notes||Income-Based Tuition Assistance Available|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$4,000|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Jessica Foster|
- We offer a robust Waldorf Education at our 6 acre main campus and we utilize our 26 acre farm campus to enahnce our Waldorf curriculum and keep a strong focus on environmental education that goes back to the founding vision of the school.
- Our main classroom academics are supplemented with subject areas of Spanish, handwork, movement, and music.
- The Waldorf approach to education nurtures the child's whole being. It is experiential education that allows students to cultivate their social, emotional, physical, and spiritual capacities. They enter adulthood with confidence, a strong sense of self, and a desire to be of service to the world.
- The arts are incorporated into all academic disciplines, to enhance and deepen learning. Swallowtail students learn to paint, draw, sculpt, weave, sew, knit, and much more.
- Music is brought to students of all ages, starting with singing and advancing to wind and string instruments.
- At Swallowtail we have a strong focus on the development of character and community. Families celebrate together at events and festivals throughout the year and share their talents to support the mission of the school.
- Our preK-8th Grade curricula ensure readiness for high school academic excellence while also teaching what can't be taught in textbooks or measured on standardized tests - things like perseverance, cooperation, kindness, confidence, accountability, and creativity.
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- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Beaverton Grades: K-12 | 215 students
14605 SW Weir Road
Beaverton, OR 97007
(503) 524-8000 12.4 K-12
- Hillsboro Grades: NS-8 | 83 students
770 NE Rogahn St.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 844-7766 4.7 NS-8
- Banks Grades: NS-8 | 114 students
39085 Nw Harrington Road
Banks, OR 97106
(503) 324-2182 5.6 NS-8
- Hillsboro Grades: NS-K | 16 students
681 NE Regan Ct.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 648-3566 4.5 NS-K
Swallowtail is a wonderful school! Instead of spending the day walking from class to class with 4-minute transitions and 30-minute break/lunch, students spend their day in a much more relaxed environment with 30-minute outdoor recess (plus another recess, plus lunch), non-Common Core instruction that leaves plenty of time to enjoy Music, Dance, Art as well as unstructured interactions with peers. Teachers and administration create a stress-free, welcoming, inclusive atmosphere that helped my daughter quickly bounce back to her normal self after a very bad experience at her previous school. We highly recommend this school!
- Posted by Parent - Julia
Like so many parents, we were excited and nervous when our daughter started first grade at our local public school. But we also became concerned and disheartened at the unnecessary bureaucratic nature of school culture that influenced the class. We wanted more a place of warmth, play, learning through wonder, and a like-minded community. No question- we found that at Swallowtail School! That was ten years ago and our daughter moved through the grades and middle school to arrive at our local public high school well-adjusted, comfortable in her own skin, academically successful, and a genuinely well-rounded person. Her younger sister is still at Swallowtail and enjoys the middle school, which provides art, music, movement, practical science (they actually get to do stuff, to include time at the 30-acre farm), Spanish language, handwork, theater, a lot of the usual reading/writing/`rithmatic coupled with PLAY! If you are looking for something different for your child, an environment that cultivates learning while addressing the whole child then do check out this amazing school!
- Posted by Parent - ErickaG
The main thing I really like about this school is how much the teachers truly care about the students and the teaching that they are doing. They are really invested in it, and it`s apparent they are working from the heart, caring truly about each child`s wellbeing. I would say this goes for the office staff as well, they care about all the children and parents that they are involved with. I have noticed improvements in my sons behavior and social growth since being at this school.
- Posted by Parent - Amber G.
The teachers are inspiring and engaging, students love to learn at Swallowtail School! My son loves having art, music and foreign language integrated across all subject; this helps him stay focused and interested in his learning. He looks forward to school each day!
- Posted by Parent - e.fla
Swallowtail has been a wonderful experience for my family. The teaching style is hands on. The teachers really care about the kids and spend a lot of time getting to know and connect with them. Children learn by doing, experiencing and creating. There is music and Spanish and even handwork! The school is small, cozy and welcoming. They were wonderful about working with us on financing. They want to make this school accessible and that has truly been my experience.
- Posted by Parent - lotus
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