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Thank you for considering our school for your student. We are committed to making the admission process a positive experience for your family.

 

We are still accepting applications for our 5 full-day preschool and kindergarten programs for the 2024-25 school year. 
 
If you would like to be notified of space availability for our half-day preschool, or are interested in grades 1-8, please email admissionsoffice@seattlewaldorf.org.

Applications for the 2025-26 school year will be available in early October and due January 16, 2025.

Application Process

Like many area schools, Seattle Waldorf School uses a web-based program called Ravenna to facilitate our admission applications. Through Ravenna, you will be able to RSVP for events and complete the core application and supplemental forms (such as teacher evaluations and parent/guardian statements) online.

Please submit an online inquiry form. This step will enable you to easily receive more information about our school and help expedite the registration process in Ravenna.

If you have not yet created a Ravenna account, please do so now. Then, select Seattle Waldorf School to register for upcoming events.

As part of the application process, you must attend at least one tour, Info Session or Open House.

In Ravenna, select Seattle Waldorf School to begin your application. 

  • Delegate your child’s teacher/class instructor to fill in a teacher evaluation via Ravenna (be sure to allow teachers plenty of time to complete this step).
  • Submit the Request for Records to your child’s current school (for applicants in grades 1–8).

After we have received your completed application, teacher evaluations, and student records, we will contact you to discuss the next steps in the admission process. Next steps may include a parent/guardian interview, a visit day for the student, and a parent/guardian and student interview (depending on the applicant grade level).

If you are invited for a visit day and/or an interview, please note the following information:

  • For preschool and kindergarten applicants, a 30-minute parent/guardian interview will be scheduled upon completion of your application. This will be done via Zoom and you will be sent a sign-up link to schedule a time. Interviews for preschool and kindergarten will begin in February.
  • For grade school/middle school applicants, upon completion of all application materials, select students will be invited to campus for a two-day visit. Students will participate in morning lesson with the class teacher, take part in all specialty classes meeting on those days, and participate in an academic assessment. After the visit day, the admission office will schedule a parent/guardian interview via Zoom with the Director of Enrollment. Visits and interviews will begin in February.
  • Initial admissions decisions have already been sent out. Applications received after March 22 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Admission FAQ

When should we begin the application process?

Families should begin their applications in the fall one year before they wish to enroll. The application deadline for the 2024-25 school year is January 11, 2024.

As part of the application process, will our student have an opportunity to visit the school?

Yes! We are hosting small, in-person tours this year at Seattle Waldorf School, and all students invited for a visit day will be able to join our current students in-person on campus. Thank you!

What should we expect in the interview?

The interview process at all levels is an opportunity for the admission team to get to know your family better. You will have time to ask any remaining questions to ensure that Seattle Waldorf School might be a good fit for your student. In the upper grades, students will take place in a group interview to allow them more agency in the decision-making process.

What constitutes a completed application?

In addition to the parent/guardian portion of the application (and student question and essay for middle school applicants), a completed application file includes a teacher evaluation (two for older students), a school transcript and/or copies of report cards as applicable, and copies of standardized test results as applicable. You must also attend one of our in-person or virtual events.

How are admission decisions made?

Admission decisions are made by our admission committee.

For preschool and kindergarten applicants, we are seeking families who value our play-based and outdoor curriculum and who seek a school that will provide a healthy, balanced, and nurturing childhood experience.

While evidence of achievement and motivation is essential, admission to the school is not just about numbers. The school welcomes individual, independent, and diverse thinkers and looks closely at each applicant, carefully weighing all facets. Seattle Waldorf School presents extraordinary opportunities for its students to thrive and achieve, and seeks students who will take full advantage of these opportunities.

When will we know if admission is offered?

Seattle Waldorf School agrees to the common admission notification dates established by Puget Sound Independent Schools. For admission to the 2023-24 academic year, the notification date will be March 17, 2023. The parent/guardian response (confirmation and deposit) is due by  March 24, 2023.

What happens when my child is placed in the wait pool?

When an applicant is considered to be a good fit for the program, but space is not available, the applicant is placed in the wait pool. Typically, we offer places to students in the wait pool within the first two weeks to one month after notification. However, occasionally an opening may occur in late spring or summer, so it is important to keep us informed of your continued interest in Seattle Waldorf and updated with any changes to your contact information. A wait pool applicant does not have a specific place in the wait pool, but will be offered an available space based on the class composition.

Is financial aid available?

Seattle Waldorf School is committed to providing need-based financial aid to qualifying families. Financial aid awards are available for families with children enrolled in pre-k through grade 12 who have submitted all required documents by the February 1 deadline. Admission decisions are made separately from financial aid awards. Please visit the Affordability page for more information.

How old does my child need to be for each grade?

For preschool, children should be 2.5 by September 1.
For the mixed-age kindergarten, children should be 4 by June 1.
For first grade, children should be 6 by June 1.

SWS Non-Discrimination Policy

Seattle Waldorf School complies with federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, disability, veteran status, age, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law.

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