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Whidbey Island Waldorf School Photo #1 - Whidbey Island Waldorf School Morning Circle and Song together as a community
Whidbey Island Waldorf School Photo #2 - Whidbey Island Waldorf School Purpose built Waldorf School on 100 acres of forest trust land. Established in 1985. Non-profit.
Whidbey Island Waldorf School Photo #3 - Teachers incorporate movement into the everyday curriculum from Nursery through to Grade 8. Grade school students practice their math: time tables and more, with skip rope, and Bal-A-Vis. Bal-A-Vis-X stands for Balance/Auditory/Vision eXercises, all of which are deeply rooted in rhythm.
Whidbey Island Waldorf School Photo #4 - All students pick up an instrument in Grade 4 - violin, viola or cello. All students are part of the school orchestra in addition to taking music (choral) class.
Whidbey Island Waldorf School Photo #5 - Our Nursery class, for ages 1-3. Every morning ends outside in the Little Woods, just for the Nursery children. A magical, safe spot in nature where our children flourish.
Whidbey Island Waldorf School Photo #6 - Our Middle School science curriculum includes physics, organic and inorganic chemistry, astronomy, biology, anatomy and physiology.
Whidbey Island Waldorf School Photo #7 - WIWS offers three Kindergartens. This is the Meadow KG, where our 100 acre wood is the children's classroom. We offer two other Kindergartens, both of them begin indoors in a classroom and then move outside for the rest of the morning.
Whidbey Island Waldorf School Photo #8 - Forest Walking.
Whidbey Island Waldorf School Photo #9 - The Ear. A student-created middle school Main Lesson book at WIWS.
Whidbey Island Waldorf School Photo #10 - Keeping the classroom inspiring; clean, tidy, creative and well-loved, is the good work of the teacher and the students, together.
Whidbey Island Waldorf School has provided a comprehensive, whole-person, arts-integrated education on south Whidbey Island, Washington since 1985. We are blessed to be situated in the midst of a 100-acre forest preserve.
The world is changing. What today`s children need in order to thrive, both now and in the future, is based in creativity, critical-thinking, and collaboration, not memorization, testing, and competition. At Whidbey Island Waldorf School, our students learn to work with others to develop knowledge and wisdom. They learn to express themselves and their ideas clearly, confidently, and creatively. They learn who they are and how to use their strong moral character and will to positively impact the world. They learn to learn, and they love to learn.
Our early childhood, elementary and middle-school programs are designed to meet the needs of children in each phase of their development.
Our school and teachers allow for the creation of a family-like intimacy in the classroom, nurturing each child -- body, soul and spirit -- that they might bring their individual gifts into the future.
Together they journey through an artistically integrated academic program that recapitulates the social and cultural development of humankind, awakening interest in the other.
We also foster individual and social growth by working in a non-hierarchical, collaborative fashion -- Board, Parents and Faculty.
Our efforts create a healthy social life in the school, which is reflected in the activities of the children who bring to the greater community love through human service, beauty through artistic expression and inspiration to light our path into the future.

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Whidbey Island Waldorf School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded
1985
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
127 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
23%
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade
Whidbey Island Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size
10 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
WIWS offers Tuition Assistance to families from Nursery - Grade 8. Some 28% of our families receive Tuition Assistance. See our website under Admissions and Tuition for more information. Tuition varies - Early Childhood offers full days, half days, full week, part time week. Tuition reflects the varied schedule.
% on Financial Aid
28%
Admissions Director
Karina Bergen
Admissions Associate
Jean Fee

School Notes

  • We the Whidbey Island Waldorf School community come together for the education of children -- hands, heart and head. Our unique island environment and the school's forested surroundings enliven the experience of learning. Our early childhood, elementary and middle-school programs are designed to meet the needs of children in each phase of their development. The school, teachers and teachings allow for the creation of a family-like intimacy in the classroom, nurturing each child -- body, soul and spirit -- that they might bring their individual gifts into the future. Together they journey through an artistically integrated academic program that recapitulates the social and cultural development of humankind, awakening interest in the other. We also foster individual and social growth by working in a non-hierarchical, collaborative fashion -- Board, Parents and Faculty. Our efforts create a healthy social life in the school, which is reflected in the activities of the children who bring to the greater community love through human service, beauty through artistic expression and inspiration to light our path into the future.
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  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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We love Whidbey Island Waldorf School. The setting is stunning - 100 acres of forest trust land. We have a Golden Forest Outdoor Kindergarten, and all the kids are out on the land at various times over the course of each week - from Nursery all the way up to Grade 8. Our teachers are wise, giving, able to hold so much, seeing each child for the whole person they are. The community is wonderful too - supportive and inspiring and friendly. Jonah takes all the main lessons in math, english, science, geography, history, etc., and he also takes movement/games, Spanish and handwork (painting, drawing, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, leather work, wood work, clay work, etc). Each student takes music, and each student after Grade 3/4 picks up an instrument, usually violin, viola or cello. So each child is both in the choir, and in the orchestra. Deep and enriching education! Each class puts on a play every year, and there are yearly field trips, sailing trips, archery, orienteering, service and community projects... I could on and on. The education here is truly innovative and made for where we are in history now, and who we are, and who these young people can become. I feel very lucky, and very grateful, to have our child in this school.
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We LOVE this school! The setting is absolutely stunning. The community is warm and welcoming. The teachers are incredibly dedicated, and the staff is wonderful. We love our little school in the woods!
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