Whistler Waldorf School Admissions

We’re here to help you make the right decision

At Whistler Waldorf School, we are looking for curious, engaged and creative students who want to challenge themselves academically and be a positive force in the global community.

The admissions process is to ensure a good fit for students and their families, in support of our school’s Mission, Vision and Values. We aim to assist prospective students in making an informed decision concerning their enrolment.

Here are some quick facts to consider which makes the process go smoothly:

  • We accept applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply at any point during the year.
  • Enrolment decisions are made based on space availability and the school’s ability to meet the needs of the child.
  • We review each student based on interviews, teacher recommendations, observation of participation during the school visit, previous school reports and evaluations.
  • Students accepted into Whistler Waldorf School will 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. 

    Please note: International students 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.

  • 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.

    Please note: Class visits are waived for international applicants at the discretion of the Director of Education and Faculty Chairs.

You’ve toured the school and now want to apply! 

A $100 non-refundable application fee includes all of the processing of registration/school documents, a 1 hour private interview with the teacher and admissions staff and a 2-3 day school visit for your child/youth (applicable for Grade/High School students).

Application fee payments – can be submitted by E-transfer  or paid by cash, cheque, or credit card at our Reception desk upon arrival for your private interview. Please make cheques payable to Whistler Waldorf School.

Application packages – can be submitted digitally, brought to reception at the school or mailed to: Whistler Waldorf School – P.O. Box 1501, Whistler, BC V0N 1B0.

Tuition Fees & Financial Support Programs

2020-2021 Tuition Fees and Schedules

The fee schedules include dates for tuition payments, registration policies and any extra details you need to know about rates and fees.

Financial Support and Discounts

The 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.

  • 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. Learn more about the specifics of the Tuition Adjustment Program.

  • Sibling Discount

    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 Program

    Whistler Waldorf offers a flexible monthly payment plan option to help spread out tuition payments.

*Please note: Our Licensed Group Childcare programs are not eligible for Tuition Adjustment and/or Sibling Discounts, but Kindergarten – 12th Grade students qualify.

Enrollment Process & Waitpool Guidelines

Notification of Enrollment Availability

An enrollment offer is communicated to parents in writing within a week following completion of the admissions process.

It is determined by our Enrolment Team including the Director of Education, Faculty Chair, and specified faculty and is generally based on the prospective student’s academic competency, social and emotional development, and the parents’ willingness to support Whistler Waldorf School’s Mission, Vision, and Values.

Please note: At the time of enrollment 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 Whistler Waldorf School 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 enrolled in our Parent and Tot program for at least one term.

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