Admissions & Enrolment
Helping you make the right decision for your family
At Whistler Waldorf School, we provide an extensive education for curious, engaged and creative students who hope to be a positive force in their global community. We are one of 30 Waldorf Schools in Canada, and one of only three that specialize in Waldorf High School education. Our school provides an academic and specialized education for Early years to Grade 12, with student exchanges, outdoor education and arts & music supported programming.
WWS’ admissions process will ensure a good fit for prospective students and their families, during our thorough enrolment process. This includes an understanding for a fair and inclusive process, as well as an acknowledgement of WWS’ non-profit, independent school environment and specialized curriculum programming. The end goal of the admissions process is to allow future students and families to make as an informed decision as possible, so students have the best possible opportunity to succeed at WWS.
Here are a few more facts to consider which will help make the enrollment process go smoothly:
- WWS accepts admissions on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply at any point during the year.
- Enrolment decisions are made based on space availability and WWS’ ability to meet the needs and expectations of the student and family.
- WWS reviews student and family requirements based on personal, one-on-one interviews, teacher recommendations, observation of participation during the school visit, previous school reports and evaluations, etc.
- Students may be offered a place in class if one is available or be placed in the wait pool if the class has reached maximum enrolment.
The fee schedules include dates for tuition payments, registration policies, sibling discount amounts and details about school fees and rate policies.
Whistler Waldorf School knows that the education of your children is one of your top priorities and, even with the greatest commitment, families may find it challenging to finance a Waldorf education.
With this in mind, WWS is committed to providing assistance to those who may need financial support in order to attend our school.* We offer families these tuition discounts and payment options:
*Please note: Our Licensed Group Childcare programs are not eligible for Tuition Adjustment and/or Sibling Discounts, but Kindergarten – 12th Grade students qualify.
Notification of Enrolment Availability
An enrolment offer is communicated to parents in writing within a week following completion of the admissions process.
Enrolment decisions are determined by an Enrolment Team including the Director of Education, Faculty Chair, and specified teacher and support faculty, following a thorough, fair and inclusive process using WWS’ specific Admissions guidelines.
Please note: At the time of enrolment we will require an immunization record (or a signed form saying you have chosen not to immunize; signed proof of residency and a copy of the child’s birth certificate. For playschool we also require a photo of the child for emergency records.
Wait Pool Guidelines
Any child who has been granted enrolment after the class has reached maximum capacity will be placed in a waiting pool.
Should an opening arise, you will be contacted. The child’s name will remain in the waiting pool until he or she is enrolled, or the child’s removal from the list following refusal of an opening offered. Please contact us periodically for the waiting pool status. No child will be added to the waiting pool without first successfully completing the admissions process. Generally, the school utilizes the following criteria to determine the wait pool ranking:
First Priority: Students already enrolled in WWS are offered the opportunity to re-enrol and have first priority for the subsequent year. Re-enrolment agreements, tuition deposits, and an initial payment are typically due April 1st.
Second Priority: Siblings of currently enrolled students and faculty members wishing to newly enrol their child.
Third Priority: Students who have attended other Waldorf Schools or who have been enroled in our Parent and Tot program for at least one term.