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.

3-Step Easy Admissions Process

  • Tour The School

    Come see for yourself!

    Come visit our school so that you can experience first-hand the Waldorf approach to education in action and ask any questions about what you need to know most.

    Schedule a personalized tour with our Admissions Manager or by phone at 604-932-1885.

  • Submit Application for a Meeting

    Meet with the Teacher & Staff

    For all admissions requests, a completed application form & $100 non-refundable application fee is kindly requested for each applying child/youth. For Grade/High School students we also require copies of two most recent school reports. 

  • Visit The Class

    See what goes on in a day!

    Applying students in grades 3-12 participate in a 2-3-day class visit. Visits are only conducted after a completed application has been submitted, and an interview has been completed. These visits enable prospective students to participate in classes and meet WWS faculty and students.

Tuition Fees

The fee schedules include dates for tuition payments, registration policies, sibling discount amounts and details about school fees and rate policies.

Financial Support Programs

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.

  • Tuition Adjustment Program

    We have one of the highest percentages of annual budget devoted to financial aid among independent schools in the area. Approximately 20% of the WWS annual operating budget is devoted to financial aid and 36% of our students receive tuition adjustment on average/year, which is indicative of our commitment to providing affordable Waldorf education. Financial aid decisions in no way impact student admissions decisions.

  • New Student Scholarships

    In celebration of our 20th anniversary, WWS  began a New Student Scholarship Program to provide even more financial support for selected newly enrolling students. A New Student Scholarship recipient will be entitled to $5000 annually or approximately 70% tuition support for three subsequent years. Siblings are also eligible for the Tuition Adjustment Program.

  • Sibling Discounts

    Families with 2 or more children enrolled at WWS concurrently receive a 25% tuition discount for the 2nd child and 50% tuition discount for the third and subsequent children.

  • Flexible Payment Options

    We also offer a variety of payment options for families where you can choose a monthly payment program to spread out payments with no interest added. You can also choose to pay in full for the year using your credit card.

Whistler Waldorf School Admissions

How To Apply?

(1) Complete the Application

Fill out a fillable PDF application form below with some specific questions on:

  • Why you would choose a Waldorf education for your child(ren)? Your child’s prior experience in school? Medical information pertaining to your child’s mental and physical well-being, etc.

Why is this information important? We use your personal details and that of your child(ren) in the strictest of confidence, and only use these details to help provide you with a comprehensive answer on whether we would be a good fit for furthering your child’s education.

(2) Pay Fee

Payment is non-refundable and can be be paid through PayPal using a major credit card.

The $100 application fee (per child or youth)  includes:

  • Processing of all registration/school documents
  • 1 hour private interview with the teacher and admissions staff
  • A 2-3 day school visit for your child/youth (applicable for Grade/High School students).

Please Email Admissions to discuss eligibility for Bursary support for your application fee if this is a barrier for applying.

(3) Email Student Documents

The application package should be emailed including 2 recent school reports and copies of an IEP, assessments or professional reports if applicable.

  • Or they can also be dropped off at Reception or mailed to: Whistler Waldorf School – P.O. Box 1501, 7324 Kirkpatrick Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B0.

For International Applications ONLY: Along with their application, applicants must also send a letter of support from parents/guardians, a reference letter from a teacher and a copy of TOEFL test (or equivalent) if applicable. No class visit is required.

Enrolment Process & Wait Pool Guidelines

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.

Applicants are able to raise concerns by filing a formal written complaint as per the school’s Communication and Grievance Procedure to the Board of Trustees.

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.

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