The Waldorf School Of Garden City

The Waldorf School of Garden City (WSGC) provides a rigorous, college-preparatory education, using an innovative and multisensory approach to learning. Our teachers possess unique insight into child development and the sophisticated integration of subjects in our curriculum creates an educational experience that inspires our students to evolve into confident, creative thinkers who are strongly connected to humanity and the environment.
Founded in 1947, WSGC is part of a global community of teachers and child development professionals who have come together for the purpose of educating, supporting and inspiring children.
With 100 years of proven curriculum experience, Waldorf education has nearly 2500 schools and kindergartens in over 60 countries.
Over 94% of North American Waldorf graduates gain admission to a post-secondary school of their choice; 50% go on to a Ph.D. or Masters.

Upcoming Events and News

  • Waldorf Junior Wins Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement - 05/12/2021 - Yale Bassett Award winners demonstrate a record of creative leadership and public service, academic distinction, interdisciplinary problem solving, and experience addressing societal issues that might include, but need not be ...morelimited to, race and racism. hide
  • Waldorf Kindergarten: Opening Pathways to Critical Thinking - 05/03/2021 - Social education and the education of the body that takes place in kindergarten are foundational for academic achievement. Waldorf students grow, stretch, expand deepening their inner roots while they stretch ...moreout into the world of learning. Our Kindergarten doesn`t prepare children only for first grade; our Kindergarten program prepares children to be life-long learners. hide
  • Waldorf School News Blog - 05/09/2018 - Learn about our student and faculty accomplishments and school events by reading the Waldorf School of Garden City News Blog!

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1947

Student Body

Total Students305 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade The Waldorf School Of Garden City Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers75 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(neat, no logos)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$27,850
Tuition Notes2021-22 tuition range: $14,500-nursery - $31,500-high school Visit:
Admissions DirectorAnn Mulvehill
Admissions AssociateCarol Proctor


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Mountaineering, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFencing,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.19 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
ACT Prep, Baking Club, Gymnastics & Acrobatics Club, Homework Club, Math Club, Model UN, SAT Prep, Soccer Club, Spirit Club, Tennis Club, Yoga Club

Arts and Music Programs:
A Capella Group, Chorus, Eco Orchestra, High School Musical, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Tri M Music Honor Society

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Soccer Club

School Notes

Why Waldorf

Choosing a school is one of the biggest decisions you will make for your child and your family.

Parents choose The Waldorf School of Garden City because of:

  • rigorous academics enlivened by fine and practical arts, languages, music & drama
  • excellent teacher-parent relations
  • emphasis on community
  • expertise in child development 
  • a strong reputation for environmentalism and promotion of social justice issues

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
Fortunately, to attend the Waldorf School of Garden City from K-12, I served on Student Government and participated in year-round Athletics. The curriculum, caring faculty, and individualized approach to learning helped me to evolve into the woman I am today. Upon graduation, I was well-equipped to handle college-level courses. The love of learning I fostered at Waldorf helped develop an inquisitive spirit that continues to light my path wherever I go. I enjoy returning to Waldorf for community events such as Alumni Sports Days and the Fall Festival and reconnecting with my peers.
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My two sons have attended WSGC since the Parent-Child program and are now in 5th and 3rd grades. Our entire family has had the most rewarding, nourishing, and inspiring experience possible since the moment we joined the community. My children are blossoming into intelligent, creative, curious, and engaged people thanks to the amazing, holistic Waldorf educational philosophy. They are developing capacities in all dimensions of their being, not just academics, although they are definitely enthusiastic learners in the classroom as much as in the garden, orchestra, woodworking, or on the nature trail. Each of their teachers have gotten to know my children thoroughly as individuals and have cared for them deeply in both their educational and personal development and well-being. WSGC is a very close, involved, diverse, and nurturing community that welcomes every family to be themselves and to participate and contribute in a myriad of ways. Our whole family feels fortunate to be here!
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This is a fabulous community for the whole family. The teachers truly care about each individual child and work to support their full development. There is equal emphasis placed on academics and building character. All through the pandemic the Administration has been transparent with the changes made for safety. Everyone at the school turned on a dime to keep the students educated — and to keep the building open for education as much as possible.
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I attended The Waldorf School of Garden City from K-12 and I can confidently say that those 14 years set a great foundation for my future. The curriculum`s emphasis on experiential learning provided me with a holistic education. For example - in addition to studying the History of Africa in a seminar style main lesson, we practiced an ethnic African dance. This immersed me more deeply and gave me an appreciation of the African culture. Active learning allowed me to internalize my education and I know these experiences will stick with me for the rest of my life. Waldorf prepared me for college-level work. I am very well versed in class discussion and participation. Additionally, Waldorf academics and athletics taught me valuable time-management skills essential for college and beyond. The smaller intimate community provides an invaluable network of parents, faculty and alumni willing to offer advice and support during college years and beyond. Waldorf molds students into well-rounded problem solvers and independent thinkers. I was taught to have opinions, ask questions and strive to make a difference, with purpose, gratitude, and respect.
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Not only does my daughter receive a wonderful education, but our whole family is enriched by participating in the community. The teachers are caring, thoughtful and outstanding in how they care about each child as an individual.
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My son, now 29, started at the Waldorf School of Garden City in the Nursery program and stayed right through High School. When we originally enrolled him, we expected it would just be for the superior Early Childhood programs and then he would move to the Garden City public schools. But once we experienced this amazing community of teachers and this remarkable education, we could not imagine our son being anywhere else. So why did we chose to invest so heavily in his early education -- when there were perfectly fine public schools available? Because we quickly recognized that Waldorf education would teach our son how to think, not what to think. The capacity for critical thinking and independent problem-solving is vital for success in today`s world. My son`s Waldorf education developed those skills and capacities in ways that I couldn`t have imagined. As a result, he is succeeding today at the highest levels of management consulting, while also pursuing his MBA at an elite university. But here`s the best part he is a really wonderful human being, and I attribute much of that to his Waldorf education as well. Simply put one of the best decisions his father and I ever made was to enroll our son at the Waldorf School of Garden City.
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Both my son and daughter have gone here from nursery to 8th grade. We are so happy with their love for learning and the balanced life we live because of this small and specialized community of educators. We will continue through the high school.
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I am from Shanghai China and my daughter hope to study in your senior high school. She want to get information about how to apply and how much be to pay. Thank you so much.
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My son went to Waldorf school in Garden city last year and he was K. I strongly recommend this school especially their younger child education. It's a lovely environment with caring and knowledgable teachers. Our teacher is Mrs. Helwig and she's a great teacher.
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