Admissions Process

Considering Waldorf

The best way to learn more about a Waldorf education is to visit our school. We offer regularly scheduled tours and observation mornings which provide an opportunity to see this education in action. Open houses and curriculum evenings are also scheduled throughout the year and provide a more relaxed atmosphere to tour the building and meet the faculty, parents and students.  

From Infancy through Adolescence

Our Early Childhood programs feature weekly classes for parents and their children as young as three months old.  Nursery school begins at age 2.9 and is offered for two, three and five mornings each week. Kindergarten school begins at age 4.6 and is offered four or five mornings a week. The Lower Grade School enrolls children in first through fifth grade while our Middle School offers grades six through eight.

Aftercare is available until 5:30 p.m. for Nursery, Kindergarten and Lower Grade School students.

If you are applying for Fall 2013, please use the admissions checklist. New students are welcome to join the school in early childhood or the grade school. If you are interested in immediate or mid-year enrollment, please contact our Admissions Director. (Please note there are some classes currently with a waiting list).

Admissions Acceptance Criteria

New students are accepted based on their ability to successfully access and engage in the curriculum through a solid and healthy partnership which includes student, teachers, parents and the school. Cape Ann Waldorf School bases enrollment decisions on criteria that best serve the healthy development of the child and the social health of the class. Please refer to our “Making a Commitment to Waldorf Education” section for more information. If at any point in the admissions process it is determined that these criteria are not able to be met, our admissions director will be in touch to end the process.

Enrollment Consideration

  1. Our school’s suitability for his/her age, ability or special educational needs.
  2. Whether the acceptance of the applicant is compatible with the efficient education of the children already placed in the school.
  3. Whether we have the resources to meet his/her needs. Children who are not doing well in other schools may flourish in our school but there are learning and disciplinary problems that are beyond our scope. We aim to have a ‘healthy constellation’ of pupils in each class. In some cases children may be accepted on a trial basis. Initially a new child might need some extra tutorial in certain areas, for example in foreign languages.
  4. Although we especially welcome pupils from other Waldorf/Steiner schools, the normal admission policies still apply.