Whatcom Hills Waldorf School

  • The Whatcom Hills Waldorf School was established in 1986 and is approved by the State of Washington. It is a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).
  • While many schools experiment with programs, our curriculum has stood the test of time.
  • Waldorf Schools have employed an arts-infused academic education for 100 years.
  • The Waldorf curriculum educates the whole child: head, heart, and hands.
  • Our students enjoy Spanish, Orchestra, Band or Choir, Handwork, Movement and recess twice a day in addition to their academic classes. Students also experience Woodworking and Gardening during the year. Our highly trained faculty have additional certification in Waldorf Education.
  • In most cases the same class teacher moves with their class from the first through the eighth grade.
  • As teachers progress with the children through the grades, their understanding of each child's developing individuality grows.
  • There is an active and involved parent body and parents participate in Parent Council, festival celebrations, study groups and parent/teacher meetings, as well as fundraising and promotional events.

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1986

Student Body

Total Students231 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
13%
State avg.: 23%
Students by GradeWhatcom Hills Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers18 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio13:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size20 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesPreschool: 3 Day $4600, 4 Day $5900, 5 Day $6500Kindergarten: 4 Day $6350, 5 Day $7150 Grades: $10500
% on Financial Aid
40%
Admissions DirectorBecky Brownlie

School Notes

  • Imagine your child excelling at a school where they are enjoying a balanced and rigorous education in a beautiful setting.  Where they, along with their parents, develop close social connections as their class moves through the grades. Our preschool and kindergarten students thrive in a play based classroom where imagination and developmentally appropriate activities abound.  They paint, bake, build, run, craft, and play together indoors and outside. Each day they have focused "circle time" with their teacher filled with movement, games and stories in order to develop literacy, social, and motor skills, all set within beautiful imagery. When your child moves into the grade classes a rich and developmentally sound curriculum awaits their exploration. From number concepts in the First Grade,  Projective Geometry in the Sixth through to Algebra in the Eighth Grade, we provide a thoughtful approach to math that forms the solid foundation for more advanced mathematics in high school and university.  Writing, reading, and recitation are the core of language skills development which is woven into many classroom activities such as social sciences, history, and even science throughout the year. These are enhanced by students creating a play every year with their class, and illustrating their Main Lesson books.  Our students spend time in nature every day, go on adventures, play a musical instrument and have the opportunity to maintain their enthusiasm and creativity while in a school environment. This provides resilience and a capacity for a continued love of learning into adolescence and adulthood. Come take a tour and experience the difference that education in a Waldorf School could make for your family.

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  • Bellingham
    Grades: NS-8 | 203 students
    3.3 miles
    1600 E Sunset Dr
    Bellingham, WA 98226
    (360)733-7303
    3.3 NS-8
    203
  • Bellingham
    Grades: PK-5
    5.9 miles
    567 E. Kellogg Road
    Bellingham, WA 98226
    (360)738-8248
    5.9 PK-5
    n/a
  • Bellingham
    Grades: NS-8
    4.6 miles
    1509 E. Victor Street
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (360)733-1750
    4.6 NS-8
    n/a
  • Bellingham
    Grades: PK-8 | 204 students
    3.6 miles
    2116 Cornwall Ave
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (360)733-6133
    3.6 PK-8
    204
  • Bellingham
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    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-6 | 57 students
    4.1 miles
    2114 Broadway
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (360)714-1762
    4.1 PK-6
    57

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
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As a retired NYS teacher (cert. K thru 12) and a grandparent I am amazed at the dedication and quality of this school.
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Our three daughters attend this amazing school. We have watched them blossom, grow and learn in incredible ways. Reading, comprehension and language are at extraordinary levels. Math is fully engaging and fun using physical games and story telling as teaching methods in early grades. Artwork, music, language (spanish) and rich academics make this school a truly integrative learning experience.
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WHWS provides an organic approach to educating the whole child. Every aspect of the child is nurtured while learning takes place in a caring and encouraging environment that promotes independent thinking within a rich social context. I am a public school teacher and I wouldn't want my children to be anywhere else!
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