The Waldorf School

A holistic, artistic, nature-based curriculum that addresses the Whole Child.
The Waldorf School of Tampa Bay serves age 3 through Eighth Grade in a developmentally appropriate way.
Early Childhood children are shielded from overstimulation and forced academics, and experience days filled with rhythm, imagination and plenty of time outdoors.
Grades students experienced learning and the world of academics with their Whole Self -- every things is taught using the Head, the Hands, and the Heart.
German, Spanish, Handwork, Art, Movement and Music are taught weekly.

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Top Rankings

The Waldorf School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Florida for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Mild learning differences
Year Founded
1998
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
150 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
28%
State avg.: 46%
Students by Grade
The Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
95%
Average Class Size
15 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
no logos, tank tops, short shorts

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Step Up and other financial award accepted
Summer Program Cost
$250
% on Financial Aid
30%
Acceptance Rate
60%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Kate Garland

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
After School Enrichment Program, Pentathlon, Ukelele Club, Violin Lessons

School Notes

  • The Waldorf School of Tampa Bay is a 22-year-old private, independent Waldorf school located on the Gulf Coast of Florida just minutes from beautiful beaches and wildlife preserves. We are less than 20 miles from the Tampa International Airport, and 25 miles from downtown St. Petersburg.
  • We serve Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade, with our Parent and Child classes offered for children as young as one year old. Class size is of critical importance to us, therefore we are committed to holding classes with a maximum of 18 students..
  • In addition, Nursery and Kindergarten classes each have two, full-time teachers.Our school year runs from late August through late May, and we are a rolling admissions school.
  • Our Annual Tuition & Policies Package for the 21-22 school year can be viewed here. We do not offer a VPK program, but accept Step-Up, Family Empowerment, McKay and Gardiner Scholarships from the State of Florida for children five years and older.
  • We strive for diversity and inclusiveness by attracting and enrolling families of all races, religions, ethnic and economic backgrounds.Currently,46% of our students and faculty identify as members of a cultural or ethnic minority.
  • We believe the Waldorf Difference is more than the transformation of education -- it is a lifestyle for the entire family.
  • We are a thriving community of active parents, grandparents, caregivers and friends who are passionate about Waldorf education, and enthusiastically participate in school events.
  • Like all Waldorf Schools in the world, we are a media-free campus and only introduce technology in the Eighth Grade. We ask all our families to practice media mindfulness at home.
  • There is no standardized or state testing at our school. Students work collaboratively, not competitively. Teachers frequently evaluate and assess the students in a qualitative way, providing a complete picture of each child`s progress and communicating closely with parents year-round.We are not a special needs school.
  • We are committed, however, to serving every child we can with our existing curriculum. Please contact our Enrollment Director to learn more.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Waldorf School cost?
The Waldorf School's tuition is approximately $13,000 for private students and $250 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of The Waldorf School?
The acceptance rate of The Waldorf School is 60%, which is lower than the national average of 84%. The Waldorf School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Florida with low acceptance rates.
Does The Waldorf School offer a summer program?
Yes, The Waldorf School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does The Waldorf School offer?
The Waldorf School offers 10 interscholastic sports: Archery, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Flag Football, Gymnastics, Soccer, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee and Wrestling.
What is The Waldorf School's ranking?
The Waldorf School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Florida for: Lowest average acceptance rates and Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees.
When is the application deadline for The Waldorf School?
The application deadline for The Waldorf School is Dec. 31 / rolling (applications are due on Dec. 31 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  
There are many beautiful things about this school, art fills the halls and no matter where you are on campus you will hear music filling the air (from violins to flutes). Especially in the early years, Waldorf is magical, when learning about math gnomes were used to explain the difference between division and multiplication. Waldorf is a rather specific style of teaching that involves using little technology and focusing on well-rounded learning (which means children learn math and science but also knit and sew).
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5  
A good school for early childhood. The environment is warm, the teachers of these grades are lovely. But the class size drops off precipitously in upper elementary. Middle school is rarely more than a few students. One has to wonder why families leave the school just as academics become more intense...
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5  
This school has a wonderful enviorment for any child. It is a private education that focuses on teaching through the creative arts, stories, and hands-on curriculum. Waldorf schools are international private non-profit schools. This school is helping to reform education all over the world. Many Google and Apple executives send their children to Waldorf Schools. The school does not assign homework because they feel the children should enjoy their quality time at home. Children that attend this school grow up to love school because of the way they are taught here. My daughter jumps out of bed in the morning excited because she can't wait to get there. Read more on the schools website suncoastwaldorf.org.
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5  
When my daughter started complaining that she didn't want to go to her Westchase school anymore - we knew she was getting bored. We looked at private educations and liked the way that the Waldorf schools taught in ways that gave children a love for learning. My daughter started the mixed age Kindergarten which includes ages 3-6 years old. The teachers are loving and nice and it took my daughter about 2 minutes to adjust to the new setting. Research the school, visit their website and then visit the school for yourself - you will quickly see it is unlike any other school.
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5  
This school is what we''ve been looking for all along. Finally, a place that's not all about forcing things down kids'' throats, but about letting kids be kids and teaching them a lifelong PASSION for learning. When your child asks you when summer vacation is over so they can go back to school - you know they''re doing something right. My children have never been happier, learning things with their heads, hearts and hands. Love, love, love the school!
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5  
My daughter has attended Suncoast Waldorf School for five years. I chose Suncoast Waldorf, because it was the first time that I felt my daughter was treated like a child not a number. She is valued for her gifts and her creative spirit is fostered. She loves school and is excited about learning!
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