Whidbey Island Waldorf School

  • 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.
  • 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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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1985

Student Body

Total Students154 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
5%
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade Whidbey Island Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$12,250
Tuition NotesWIWS 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 DirectorKarina Bergen
Admissions AssociateLori Barian

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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School Reviews

  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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