Swallowtail Waldorf School

  • Swallowtail Waldorf School and Farm is a non-profit privateschool offering Parent-Child classes, Pre-School, Kindergraten andGrade 1-8.
  • Rooted in Waldorf Education, and we maintain an active interestin environmental education as well, faciltated on our 26-acre FarmCampus located in Hillsboro.
  • Our teachers work in freedom, to realize the global Waldorfphilosophy and program.
  • They bring a variety of experiences, training, and insightsinto the classroom, aspiring to cultivate reverence and personalmeaning, while enlivening the learning experiences for theirstudents.
  • The Waldorf approach to education nurtures the child's wholebeing, working from the hands (physical) through the heart(emotional and spiritual) to the mind (intellectual).
  • Material presented to the children is connected directly tohuman experience-observation, experimentation, and participation-sothat it awakens the student's enthusiasm and interest.
  • At Swallowtail we look toward the development of character andcommunity.
  • We value creativity in all disciplines, and present anaesthetic of simplicity.

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1995

Student Body

Total Students159 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
2%
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade Swallowtail Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio14:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
20%
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(We advise that children be dressed in plain, sturdy clothing that refrains from supporting cartoon or media characters or brands.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$11,850
Tuition NotesIncome-Based Tuition Assistance Available
% on Financial Aid
50%
Acceptance Rate
80%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJessica Foster

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Woodworking

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Yoga

School Notes

  • Swallowtail Waldorf School and Farm is a non-profit privateschool offering Parent-Child classes, Pre-School, Kindergraten andGrade 1-8.
  • Rooted in Waldorf Education, and we maintain an active interestin environmental education as well, faciltated on our 26-acre FarmCampus located in Hillsboro.
  • Our teachers work in freedom, to realize the global Waldorfphilosophy and program.
  • They bring a variety of experiences, training, and insightsinto the classroom, aspiring to cultivate reverence and personalmeaning, while enlivening the learning experiences for theirstudents.
  • The Waldorf approach to education nurtures the child's wholebeing, working from the hands (physical) through the heart(emotional and spiritual) to the mind (intellectual).
  • Material presented to the children is connected directly tohuman experience-observation, experimentation, and participation-sothat it awakens the student's enthusiasm and interest.
  • At Swallowtail we look toward the development of character andcommunity.
  • We value creativity in all disciplines, and present anaesthetic of simplicity.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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