The Denver Waldorf School

5.00 5 1 (5 reviews)
2100 S. Pennsylvania St.
Denver, CO 80210
Tel: (303)777-0531
  • Founded on Rudolf Steiner’s humanitarian curriculum, The Denver Waldorf School awakens and inspires students’ critical thinking, emotional intelligence and artistic expression, preparing them to bring relevant contributions to the world.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded 1974

Student Body

Total Students 363 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade The Denver Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 25 students
Average SAT score 1270
Average ACT score 24
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $12,500
Tuition Notes Tuition varies from pre/k - high school
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Leigh Rhysling


Total Sports Offered 4 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,

School Notes

  • The Waldorf approach works with human nature and recognizes that capacities emerge in students at fairly predictable stages, while also allowing room for individual rates of maturation. This appreciation for the metamorphosis of comprehension underlies both the organization of the curriculum itself and the changing methods of teaching throughout the grades.For the Waldorf student, music, dance and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about, ingested and tested — they are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate a lifelong love of learning as well as the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child: The heart and the hands, as well as the head.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
5  11/25/2016
We have three kids at the Denver Waldorf School and so far have been really happy with the education our kids are receiving. It's a humanitarian curriculum with a broad range of subjects, not just academics. It's an exciting way to learn and our kids love school, which is so important to us! We don't want them to think that learning is a chore. I have had moments when I've worried about whether or not the academics are rigorous enough, because our eldest child is gifted, and he sometimes complains about being bored in the more academic subjects, but he has the opportunity to become more well-rounded. We appreciate that, because he's going to cultivate his own gifts naturally, but he's not going to seek out the experiences that are hard for him, but ultimately balancing and character building. Also, I think he's more tolerant of others' varied abilities, because no subject is valued above another. Every gets to shine at something. I don't worry about him not being "pushed" to excel anymore, and I have not doubt that he'll be prepared for whatever he wants to do in life.
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5  11/25/2016
The quality of teachers at DWS are unmatched in the way they attend to their students and their lessons. All information is taught in a very living and relevant way, based on where a class is in their development. Children in the ECE are taught through doing and imitation, the grades are taught through their feeling life with emphasis on beauty, art, story and rich language, for this is what speaks to them at this age. It is in the middle school and high school that information is taught to their intellect, when they are living in their thinking. By approaching education this way, children find the joy in learning and do not experience stress and burnout because they are being asked to do work with which they do not feel connected. The teachers are not only great educators, but the most outstanding human beings with whom I've ever been acquainted.
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5  11/25/2016
Amazing way to navigate middle school without drama, with kindness. Academic standards exceptional.
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5  10/26/2016
We started our daughter at Denver Waldorf School in sixth grade. She came from a Douglas County public school. She was at the top of her class when we switched schools. It was the best change we ever made. Our daughter is learning with greater depth, she is more challenged, and her education now not only includes traditional academics but it is enriched with woodwork, Spanish, and handwork. Her teacher knows each student well and knows his or her strengths and weaknesses. He is able to shore up each student's weaknesses while encouraging and strengthening the areas he or she excels in.
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5  7/24/2015
Love this school. My children (twins) just got accepted to Stanford, and I could not be more happy with the education that they were given at DWS.
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