The Denver Waldorf School
- 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 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|
|Total Students||363 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 23%
|Students 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||
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Leigh Rhysling|
|Total Sports Offered||4 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Country, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketball, Cross Country,
Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball,
- 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.
- School Location Miles Grades Students
DenverGrades: PK-12 | 265 students
12000 Zuni Street
Denver, CO 80234
DenverGrades: NS-8 | 236 students
2040 South York Street
Denver, CO 80208
DenverGrades: PK-8 | 136 students
2341 E 78th Ave
Denver, CO 80229
ThorntonGrades: K | 103 students
12121 Pennsylvania St
Thornton, CO 80241
DenverGrades: NS-8 | 700 students
55 Clermont St
Denver, CO 80220
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.
- Posted by Parent - nroy
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.
- Posted by Parent - cmt
Amazing way to navigate middle school without drama, with kindness. Academic standards exceptional.
- Posted by Parent - Kelly
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.
- Posted by Parent - elimb
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.
- Posted by Parent - fake