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Whidbey Island Waldorf School

  • Before- and After-Care Available
  • Early Learning
  • Independent Schools
  • Outdoor
  • Waldorf


In our unique island forest setting, Whidbey Island Waldorf School educates students through academic excellence, toward a lifelong love of learning, with the head to think for themselves, the heart to serve others and the courage to take action for the common good as citizens of the world.
Waldorf schools are based upon a deeply developmental philosophy and understanding of the nature of children and how they naturally grow and learn. Waldorf schools seek to educate the whole child, integrating rigorous academics with emotional, social and spiritual growth and physical skills.
We place a strong focus on social health and inclusion. Waldorf education is a social education.
There is so much more! Email Karina, enrollment@wiws.org, to learn more about our little school in the big woods and come in for a tour!

The Outdoor Kindergarten offers a nurturing environment in which the young child enters into imaginative and dynamic play. Children experience a typical Waldorf kindergarten day in an outdoor setting. The children begin their day in the Sunny Meadow outdoor classroom, later exploring nature on our 100-acre campus with visits to Story House, "Fritz's cozy spot", Fort Town, Granny's and more. The children walk, run, play, laugh, sing songs, hear oral story telling and eat healthy snacks including roast potatoes, quinoa and fruit. Hidden wonders abound in the forest along with all the elements nature and the seasons have to offer. Practical work and hand work take place in the Sunny Meadow across all school seasons.

We strive to meet the needs of the whole child as a thinking, feeling, and moving being upon the earth as well as recognize them as a part of a group. We place a strong focus on social health and inclusion.
Our Kindergartens run 3,4 and 5 days a week, from 8:15am - 12:15pm.

Our Butterfly Nursery class begins with outside play in their red MuddyBuddies on our Early Childhood playground. The children are transitioned inside to a Circle time of song, a healthy nutritious snack time, oral story and more play.
Snacks include quinoa porridge, bread and cheese, apple bars and oat bars, all home made by our teacher.
Our Butterfly Nursery runs Mondays to Thursdays, from 8:15am - 12:15pm.

Here our students are on one of their many field trips, this one to Mountain School.
Our grades students go on many field trips throughout their years at WIWS - enlivening their curriculum and bringing it from study into their real life to make it relevant.

Learning in a Waldorf school is a noncompetitive activity. Instead, we foster the child's inner will forces to strive always to offer one's personal best. All children learn all things: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, History, Geography, Physiology, Botany, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Fine Arts, Music, Handwork, Eurythmy, Games & Movement, Theater, etc. Each child's innate gifts and graces are nurtured in such a way that precludes labeling (such as "artist" or "athlete"). Along the way, these gifts are drawn forth from the child as the joy of learning and discovery are reinforced. Testing and grading are thus not used to motivate study. Each child's progress is carefully monitored, and teachers meet regularly with parents and write a detailed evaluation of each child at the end of each school year.

Our Grade School, Grades 1-8, runs 5 days a week, from 8:10am-2:45pm.

Additional Information:

Type: Preschools
Schools - Elementary
Schools - Middle School
Location: Whidbey Island
Website: http://wiws.org
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