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Washington Waldorf School

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At Washington Waldorf School, we encourage the connections that broaden students’ experience and help them grow in new directions. Our teachers incorporate academic, artistic, and practical elements into every subject, creating memorable lessons—strong individuals and highly successful scholars—along the way.

The Washington Waldorf School (WWS) was founded as a grade school in 1969 in Washington, DC, by a dedicated group of people deeply committed to Waldorf education, including a professor at the University of Maryland, Clopper Almon, as well as dedicated professionals, Gene and Esther Smith and Roberta van Schilfgaarde. They were able to engage an experienced class teacher to come from England, Carl Hoffman, who had begun his teaching in Austria. First opening its doors in a church basement in Northwest DC with eleven families within two years they moved to Hearst Hall on the National Cathedral grounds and expanded to pre-K through 8th grade. Mr. Hoffman led the school through its infancy, mentoring new teachers. In the pioneering years, class teachers taught additional subjects such as handwork, woodwork, and art. Over many years, subject teachers specially trained in their fields have been added to the elementary grades.

Basic Facts

    Available Spots: We have between 2 and 4 spots in grades 1 through 12.

    Age Range:
    PS - Grade 12

    Years Established: 1969

    Enrollment: 280

    Average Class Size: Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1

    Tuition: $6,040 - $28,990

    Who you serve:
    Co-ed, Elementary, High School, Middle School, Preschool

    Mission/Philosophy
    The Washington Waldorf School cultivates each student’s capacity to think clearly, feel compassionately, and act purposefully in the world. We are committed to the educational movement inspired by the pioneering work of Rudolf Steiner and advanced by Waldorf teachers worldwide.

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