Waldorf School of Princeton

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Waldorf School of Princeton Photo #1 - Imagine what your child can become with The Waldorf School of Princeton!
  • Waldorf education is the fastest growing independent school movement in the world. We ignite your child`s creativity, passion, and resilience. We instill self-confidence. We inspire achievement with a strong moral compass.
  • Waldorf students thrive and make an impact wherever they choose to go. Our curriculum uniquely combines the diligence of science with the inspiration of the arts and the values of social responsibility. Our beautiful campus and a caring community of teachers and families form the perfect environment.   Come visit us and see for yourself.

School News

  • Waldorf 100 Postcard "Pen Pal" Project - 12/13/2018 - To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Waldorf education, Waldorf School of Princeton has joined a global initiative to connect with over 1,000 Waldorf schools all around the world. The project ...moreis simple: students at more than 1,100+ Waldorf schools will come together to write and design 1,100+ unique postcards to send to each of their sister schools. Waldorf100, as the idea is known, began in 2017, and the spark is rapidly spreading from school to school.hide

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Waldorf School of Princeton places among the top 20% of private schools in New Jersey for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1983

Student Body

Total Students147 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
31%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade Waldorf School of Princeton Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
47%
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$21,893
Tuition NotesPlease visit our website to learn more about our tuition assistance program: https://www.princetonwaldorf.org/tuition-assistance
% on Financial Aid
48%
Average Financial Aid Grant$7,000
Acceptance Rate
56%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorAdmissions Coordinator

Sports

Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross CountryBasketballCross Country,

School Notes

  • The Waldorf School of Princeton, part of a rapidly growing global educational movement, offers a compelling alternative to mainstream education in central New Jersey.
  • We are dedicated to igniting each child`s unique potential and passions, instilling self-confidence, and inspiring achievement with a strong moral compass. We lead our students towards high accomplishment without forcing them into standardized norms. They become curious, caring and engaged citizens of their local and global communities - who will thrive and make an impact wherever they choose to go.
  • Our rich interdisciplinary curriculum is distinct in the way we integrate the academic, the artistic, and the practical in every lesson. The pace, priorities, and practices of Waldorf education are guided by the insights about child development first introduced 100 years ago by the pedagogical innovator Rudolf Steiner. This approach is firmly validated by neuroscience and proven to help students grow and flourish intellectually, emotionally and socially. Today, it is more relevant than ever.

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Princeton
    Grades: NS-12 | 960 students
    2.8 miles
    650 Great Road
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    (609)924-6700
    2.8 NS-12
    960
  • Princeton
    Princeton Montessori School
    Princeton Montessori School Photo - Pre-school children work on understanding and naming the geographical land and water forms using hands-on and engaging material.
    Montessori School
    Grades: NS-8 | 212 students
    1.6 miles
    487 Cherry Valley Road
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    (609)924-4594
    1.6 NS-8
    212
  • Princeton
    Grades: PK-8 | 231 students
    6.3 miles
    4101 Princeton Pike
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    (609)986-1705
    6.3 PK-8
    231
  • Princeton
    Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart
    Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart Photo - Kindergarten boys on the playground.
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: K-8 | 192 students
    1.9 miles
    1128 Great Road
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    (609)921-6499
    1.9 K-8
    192
  • Princeton
    Princeton Friends School
    Princeton Friends School Photo - Nurturing Wonder
    Alternative School (Friends)
    Grades: PK-8 | 101 students
    5.2 miles
    470 Quaker Rd
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    (609)683-1194
    5.2 PK-8
    101

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  
We absolutely love WSP and recommend it to all of our friends, family, and neighbors. The education philosophy is to help children grow holistically rather than forcing them to learn things that they don't care for. The emphasis on the child's emotions health is strong and all of the teachers and staff are emotionally strong and capable of helping students. We have both of our kids attending this wonderful school and plan on keeping them here until 8th grade. Hopefully they can build a high school by then.
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Moving my child to Waldorf Early Childhood program was one of the best decisions we've ever made. My very serious, anxious child has blossomed into a secure, resilient, joyful, creative kid who loves school. The teachers are exceptional and have taught us so much about how to parent well. From the moment we stepped on campus we knew this was the environment we wanted for our daughter. The campus is beautiful and restful. They spend a ton of time every day learning through outdoor play and engaging the natural world. Her imagination and creativity are cultivated through art and music and story-telling. The teachers do a beautiful job of building community, supporting individual needs, and teaching empathy. Every time I look into her classroom it's humming with joy and peace. I've never seen such content, grounded kids. Frankly, I wish I could spend my days there. If you are looking for a nurturing environment where your child will flourish, do yourself a favor and go tour the Waldorf School of Princeton.
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This is more than just a school. It's a unique community of like minded families who work together to build a family. The draw for Waldorf for me is the goal of building great people vs building great test takers. The gift of a Waldorf education is one that I am happy to share with my child.
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I vividly remember the day we first visited the school when my son was still new to walking. The way he srote into the yard behind the Golden House told us all we needed to know: He had come home. Words cannot express the depth of gratitude we feel for the ways the Waldorf School of Princeton and the academic community it sustains have contributed to our son's development as a student, as an artist, and as a human being and to our lives as a family. As with the notion of Ubuntu that we learn from South African Zulus, my son is who he is because of this community. We cannot imagine the person he would be now, and the adult he will become, without the nurturing cocoon the school gave him to take shape in. My son's roots reach down deep into the rich, nourishing soil the school has given him to grow in. I can imagine no surer foundation to stand on and build upon. He has been blessed, as has our whole family.
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Nearly every day I hear a story that reminds me how grateful I am for Waldorf. I am not aware of any education that does a better job of preparing children for life. Beyond doing an excellent job of teaching core academics, the Waldorf School of Princeton has taught my son to believe in his own abilities; that he can do just about anything with perseverence and time. He's hard wired for empathy; he know what he needs, and he wants to know what others need from him. Lessons always provide a perspective on context, so that by 8th grade I can see he's got a very good sense of how the pieces of the world fit together. The product: a smart, self-advocating teenager who doesn't cave at challenges, who advocates for himself and others, with strong relationships and an ability to figure out the answers to the many questions that spring from his curious mind. Visit the Waldorf School of Princeton - you might just have one of the best experiences of your life. We did.
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The Waldorf School of Princeton has given our daughter a rigorous, disciplined education where the arts and movement play an integral part making the lessons come alive. Waldorf pedagogy is based on thoughtful insights into child development (physical, emotional and spiritual) that meets students at their precise stage of development so that lessons can be deeply and completely learned. The tools of technology and media exposure are sidelined in favor of giving each child a greater opportunity to become completely immersed in the experience of their education. The product - seen at the 8th Grade graduation when each child addresses the assembly - is an unusually mature, poised and enthusiastic high-school student who invariably succeeds in whatever they do. We are so fortunate that our daughter is at this school!
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