Wildcat Canyon Community School

Wildcat Canyon Community School Photo #1 - Working in our expansive organic garden gives our students a hand-on experience with the natural world, the cultivation of food, and practical skills to be self-sufficient. And time to have fun!
Wildcat Canyon Community School Photo #2 - Sitting on 91 acres, the East Bay Waldorf School is an oasis in the busy East Bay. Just 20 minutes from Oakland, Berkeley, Orinda, or Vallejo, families come from all over the East Bay to prepare their children for life with a Waldorf Education.
Wildcat Canyon Community School Photo #3 - Imaginative play is the foundation of our Preschool and Kindergarten programs, supported with practical skills, art, and lots of outdoor time! Our magical early childhood program lays the essential foundation for academic learning, a healthy body, emotional health, and the self-regulation needed for a successful life.
Wildcat Canyon Community School Photo #4 - The Waldorf curriculum and methods have a 100-year track record of success. We recognize multiple intelligences and use a variety of methods to connect students with what they are learning. At East Bay Waldorf, learning is truly joyful!
Wildcat Canyon Community School Photo #5 - 5th and 6th graders enjoy an in-depth study of the Classical world -- Ancient Greece and Rome, but also ancient India, Persia, the Middle East, and Egypt -- as part of our "liberal arts" curriculum.
Wildcat Canyon Community School Photo #6 - Our math specialist brings innovative methods and individualized approaches to the study of math -- one way we make sure our Middle Schoolers are ready for whatever high school they choose -- public or private, college-prep, artistic, or alternative.
Wildcat Canyon Community School Photo #7 - Waldorf is the original "maker" school -- with handwork, woodwork, gardening and practical skills woven throughout the curriculum. Parents enjoy honing their maker skills as well!
Wildcat Canyon Community School Photo #8 - Did you know that proximity to nature improves academic outcomes? Our 91-acre campus sits next to Wildcat canyon where our students can enjoy hands-on learning of botany and zoology, as well as recess and hikes from PreK-Grade 8.
Wildcat Canyon Community School Photo #9 - Music is an important part of life at East Bay Waldorf. From singing to recorder to our String Orchestras -- in which all students participate beginning in 4th grade -- music has important academic and personal benefits!
Wildcat Canyon Community School Photo #10 - Festivals are a big part of the academic year at EBWS. Students (and parents) feel part of a community that knows them. Together we celebrate the seasons, the passage of time, and our students' capacities as they grow from little children to teenagers.
The East Bay Waldorf School offers a developmentally-appropriate, experiential approach to education, integrating the arts and academics for children from PreK through 8th grade.
We cultivate the spark of individuality in each child helping them grow intellectually, physically, emotionally, and creatively.
The Waldorf curriculum is challenging, experiential, and comprehensive.  What others consider "extracurricular," we consider "essential" to becoming a well-educated and well-rounded human being. As part of their regular classes, all students study foreign language, singing, recorder, orchestra, fine arts, games, movement, handwork, woodwork, gardening and drama.
Waldorf education is celebrating it's 100th Birthday this year -- with 1000 schools around the globe. We are the educational alternative with a proven track record of success.
Families come from Oakland, Berkeley, Lafayette, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Richmond, El Cerrito, Vallejo, Pinole, Benicia and of course, El Sobrante to give their child the firm foundation of a Waldorf PreK-8 education.
Our graduates go on to high schools that reflect their interests -- public or private, competitive academic, artistic or alternative. They are ready for anything and high schools appreciate their interest and engagement.
The aim of Waldorf education is to inspire life-long learning in each student and enable them to fully develop their unique capacities.

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1980

Student Body

Total Students159 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Wildcat Canyon Community School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(non-distracting & free of logos)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,500
Tuition NotesNeed-based tuition adjustment available.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorKatie Alemio


Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsBasketball, VolleyballBasketballVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:
Drama Club, Music Ensembles

School Notes

  • In addition to reading, writing, math, the humanities and the sciences, our students have regular lessons in a wide variety of subjects, including:
  • Spanish
  • Handwork -- e.g. knitting, sewing
  • Fine arts
  • Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Games and Sports
  • Eurythmy (Movement)
  • Gardening
  • Woodworking
  • Outdoor Education
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • San Pablo
    Grades: 2-12 | 78 students
    2.3 miles
    4138 Lakeside Dr
    San Pablo, CA 94806
    (510) 262-1500
    2.3 2-12
  • El Cerrito
    Grades: PK-8 | 494 students
    3.2 miles
    960 Avis Drive/2060 Tapscott Ave.
    El Cerrito, CA 94530
    (510) 809-9000
    3.2 PK-8
  • El Sobrante
    Grades: K-12 | 85 students
    0.9 miles
    431 Rincon Rd
    El Sobrante, CA 94803
    (510) 223-9550
    0.9 K-12
  • Berkeley
    Grades: K-8 | 105 students
    7.6 miles
    2722 Benvenue Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94705
    (510) 549-0605
    7.6 K-8
  • Berkeley
    Grades: PK-8 | 296 students
    6.6 miles
    1310 University Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94702
    (510) 665-8800
    6.6 PK-8

School Reviews

We have been happy at this Waldorf school from early childhood into middle school now. You cannot beat the campus setting - it is an integral part of the East Bay Waldorf education that makes the kids here so terrific. The amazing teachers, Waldorf curriculum, multiple subjects and outdoor gardening and hiking all combine to make this a really special Waldorf school. We drive the 20 minutes from Berkeley because it's worth it. The students are relaxed and happy and love learning. They have inner motivation. This school truly preserves childhood while giving the children a terrific, multi-faceted education.
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