Washington Waldorf School's mission is to educate and inspire our students to develop a life-long love of learning based on the balance of academic, artistic, and practical skills; a clear-thinking mind with a compassionate heart; an appreciation of truth and beauty; a practical, creative will; a respect and love for humanity and nature; and a confidence in the ability to make a positive difference in the world.
Together, parents, teachers, and alumni strive to fulfill the impulse of Waldorf education by promoting a culturally, socially, and economically diverse school, extending this initiative to the wider community.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 263 students
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
263 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade
Washington Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
45 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
18 students
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Range 10,920 to 33,970
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Lezlie Lawson
Admissions Associate
Torie Gorges


Total Sports Offered
5 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
12 extracurriculars
Amnisty International, Bike Excursions, Blacksmithing, Drama, Gardening, Jazz Band, Newspaper, Photography, Portfolio, Roots & Shoots, Tennis, Yearbook

School Notes

  • Parent-Child Classes
  • Preschool & Kindergarten
  • 1st - 12th Grade
    Rolling admissions available when there is space in a class.

    At the Washington Waldorf School, we prepare young people for the future by developing their full capacities for creative imagination, critical thinking, and active engagement in the world.WWS educates the whole child. Our curriculum is designed to develop our students academically, emotionally, and physically. In addition to a strong grounding in core academic skills - WWS students have many opportunities to engage in the arts, music, and drama, as well as textile arts, metalwork, woodwork, and more. The arts aren't simply extra classes - they are woven throughout the curriculum. Waldorf students all participate in a variety of movement, physical education, and outdoor education classes. Our approach puts a focus on the benefits and skills developed through extensive exposure to the natural world. WWS is one of more than 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide. 
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    Our Core Values
    These core values guide our choices, define our courses, and establish our direction as an institute for learning.
    • The healthy development of children and adolescents
    • A balanced, dynamic curriculum
    • Meaningful teacher-student relationships
    • Exceptional teaching
    • A diverse and inclusive community
    • A respect for nature
    • Moral discernment
    • An active spiritual life
    Lezlie Lawson, Enrollment Director
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
Our daughter has thrived at the Washington Waldorf School since joining the first grade in the Fall of 2020. The educational experience offered by WWS has nurtured all aspects of our daughter's life and personality. The emphasis that WWS places on skills beyond basic reading, writing and arithmetic has been critical to her growth as a person and increased confidence in herself and abilities (both mental and physical). The basic curriculum is certainly taught - and taught well - but the use of movement, arts and crafts, music, and outdoor activities to teach and enrich has made all the difference. WWS's guiding principle is the education of the whole person; as our daughter experiences the highs and lows of life, we feel this will serve her well. We are excited to watch our daughter's progress as she continues her education at WWS.
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The Washington Waldorf school is truly an extraordinary place! The dedication and commitment of the staff and faculty is unmatched. I'm continually amazed with their tireless work to create an inspiring and loving environment for all the kids (and parents!). Whenever I tell my friends and family about my experiences, they are in awe (and a bit jealous too :)). We've been attending classes since our son was 6 months old - starting with the parent/child classes. He's now attending his second year of Waldorf in the Woods, which was been such a beautiful experience. It's rich traditions, cultivation of imagination and reverence for nature are touchstones needed more than ever. The way they've worked to handle the pandemic is a marvel. They planned early and worked around the summer to develop a safe school environment. Their renovations and improvements have been impressive. I`m just constantly in awe of all the work the faculty does. There a sense of unity as everyone is working toward the same mission. Many members are wearing new hats or multiple hats to adapt to the circumstances, and it just makes us feel that much more connected! The genuine connections have been countless, and I'm so grateful for this school and community!
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Our experience has been very positive with WWS. The faculty show a great deal of care for the students as people but also with respect to their progress with the curriculum. They have wonderful parent education opportunities. Additionally, the school does an exceptional job of addressing issues that rise to the surface. It is a great choice of school!
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 263 students
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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