The Waldorf School of Atlanta

The Waldorf School of Atlanta Photo #1 - Morning Garden is a special gathering where children (1 to 3 years) and their parents, guided by a Waldorf teacher, enjoy a rhythmic morning of songs, movement, handwork, snack, and conversation. Parents learn from each other, sharing life experiences and insights, while modeling for the children the joy of meaningful activity. The program is offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings.
The Waldorf School of Atlanta Photo #2 - In sixth grade, students begin to structure and participate in scientific experiments on light, heat, magnetism and electricity while the study of mathematics incorporates business math and the principles of economics.
The Waldorf School of Atlanta Photo #3 - Cooperation - Children in all grades learn to work together to accomplish tasks they could not do on their own.
The Waldorf School of Atlanta Photo #4 - Our annual Michaelmas Festival includes a dragon chase (8th graders in costume), singing and field games.
The Waldorf School of Atlanta Photo #5 - Students experience movement classes throughout the week which help them become more aware of their bodies, while promoting teamwork and cooperation. These classes are tied directly to the academic curriculum so students can take their lessons into their bodies and limbs.
The Waldorf School of Atlanta Photo #6 - Our Spanish teacher enjoying our annual Holiday Fair with her daughter. The Fair features an artists market, live music, puppet show, and children's activities, including jump rope machines and candle-dipping. Don't miss it!
The Waldorf School of Atlanta Photo #7 - The middle school sports program includes volleyball, basketball, soccer, track and field, and tennis. Archery, fencing and "Play-Ball" are available for younger students.
The Waldorf School of Atlanta Photo #8 - Music is an essential part of the Waldorf curriculum. Beginning with the singing of songs that mark the rhythm of the day in kindergarten to learning to play the recorder in first grade, music is integrated into the program at all levels. Music increases a child's capacity for learning and also contributes to a sense of connectedness.
  • The Waldorf School of Atlanta provides a strong academic, arts-integrated, developmentally attuned curriculum based on the philosophy of educational pioneer Dr. Rudolf Steiner.
  • Established in 1986, the school offers preschool through middle school classes, and is one of more than 800 Waldorf schools worldwide.
  • Learning at The Waldorf School is a vital and dynamic process, permeated with the power of imagination and working with the intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical development of the individual within the social context. Innovative teaching methods and a rich classical curriculum provide the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Georgia Accrediting Commission
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1986

Student Body

Total Students245 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade The Waldorf School of Atlanta Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size20 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 14 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$14,600
Tuition NotesCosts range from $8,240 to $18,440 depending on the program/grade.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$4,000
Admissions DirectorStacey Alston


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Ultimate FrisbeeBasketballSoccer,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Cooking, Fencing, First Aid/CPR, Lego Engineering, Theater

School Notes

  • The Waldorf School of Atlanta embodies the ideals of Waldorf Education:   The sanctity of childhoodAn abiding sense of wonderAn evolving quest for truth.
  • Our Mission The Waldorf School of Atlanta develops in its students the will to become life-long learners by fostering in each student the ability to think with clarity, feel with compassion, and act with purpose in the world.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Decatur
    Grades: NS-8 | 171 students
    0.8 miles
    862 Columbia Drive
    Decatur, GA 30030
    (404) 373-8746
    0.8 NS-8
  • Atlanta
    Grades: NS-8 | 371 students
    4.7 miles
    2426 Clairmont Road Ne
    Atlanta, GA 30329
    (678) 302-1302
    4.7 NS-8
  • Atlanta
    Grades: PK-12 | 1313 students
    7.5 miles
    2890 North Fulton Drive
    Atlanta, GA 30305
    (404) 841-3840
    7.5 PK-12
  • Atlanta
    Johnson's Learning Center
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: PK-K | 230 students
    4 miles
    2709 Gresham Rd Se
    Atlanta, GA 30316
    (404) 243-1041
    4 PK-K
  • Decatur
    Grades: PK-8 | 133 students
    3.9 miles
    2780 Flat Shoals Rd
    Decatur, GA 30034
    (404) 241-1321
    3.9 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (10 reviews)
Our child has attended the Waldorf School of Atlanta since Pre-K. The school is truly amazing. Any visit to an assembly or school performance and not only the student's abilities in the arts is obvious, but their behavior! They all walk with their heads high, pay attention, zero cell phones or cutting up when it isn't appropriate. They play hard and work hard, their academics are quite rigorous without rote repetition and endless worksheet completion. Our child often comes home to tell us of some amazing thing they learned in history, or science - our child is reading and writing Poetry - IN SPANISH! Quite amazing - check them out.
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Our child has gone to the Waldorf School of Atlanta since pre-kindergarten. It's our experience that WSA truly offers a comprehensive curriculum (as they say, for the head, heart, and hands) while mindfully delivering an education that is developmentally appropriate. The teachers are fantastic and accomplished, and the community is incredibly welcoming.
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Dedicated teachers, strong community. Waldorf curriculum provides excellent experiential and interactive education. Our children's social development in the Waldorf community has created strong, happy, responsible individuals.
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WHat a great school! My daughter is in K, the other is Grade 3. I cannot say enough about the place. Not just for my kids, but Waldorf has had a profound effect on my familiy as well. This school is def. not your run of the mill typical private school, but the school takes on a different approach where it's all about: Chilld First. Ms.Keeney and Ms. Dilworth are true gems, the same is true of most of the staff from the specialty teachers to others as well. Words cannot di this place justice.
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The school is for your whole child. They teach your child to be self sufficient, creative and innovative in their academics. Our child comes home satisfied and tired ever day from their rigorous curriculum. Teachers are dedicated to honoring your child's childhood while shaping them to be independent, analytical thinkers.
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A fantastic school that I cannot recommend enough. The teachers and staff of this wonderful school take my breath away with their tireless work and dedication to the children's excellent development and education.
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This is the way all schools should be! We love that our daughters get plenty of art, music, handwork and exercise/play time outside along with academics. The teachers are truly committed to the WHOLE child and go above and beyond what is required. Our daughters are thriving here and I cannot imagine a better place in Atlanta to send my girls to.
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The Waldorf School of Atlanta is a caring wonderful place that both our daughters are thriving in. It touches all parts of the person and creates a community of acceptance and love. My daughters are eager to go to school every day.
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Waldorf is a school which fosters a lifelong love of learning through a curriculum that uses all subjects to provide a full spectrum of facets for the active mind. Emphasis is strong in Art, Music(chorus, stringed orchestra, flutes, drums, and other instruments), and Science used throughout the day to explore different topics based on developmentally targeted units. This school focuses on exploring how the individual can be the best they can be and also be a productive and creative member of a team or community. We have found this school to be wonderfully refreshing in that we are very creative, analytical, and active in the outdoors. Now my children are encouraged to think and create rather than stifled.
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The quality of the teaching at this school is top notch. We feel so lucky to have found this school because our kids are thriving in this environment and with this style of teaching. They are learning so much and most importantly they love school. We love WSA!
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