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.
- WWS is one of approximately 30 Waldorf Schools in Canada.
- One of only three that specialize in Waldorf High School education
- Our school provides an academic and specialized education for pre-k to Grade 12
- We offer a depth of educational experiences including student exchanges, outdoor education and arts & music supported programming.
- An established independent school in Whistler for over 20 years
Is WWS right for your child/youth?
There are various reasons families and students choose WWS for their schooling needs and quickly realize that there is no place else they would rather be.
On the outset many prospective families and students will notice the balanced, multi-disciplinary curriculum and supportive school environment.
However much of the difference is in how students, staff and parents feel when they are at school everyday – feeling welcomed and appreciated. It is a special atmosphere filled with deep respect and engaged members.
WWS’ thorough admissions process will ensure a good fit for prospective students and their families. This includes a fair and inclusive process, as well as an acknowledgement of our non-profit, independent school environment and specialized curriculum programming.
The goal of our admissions process is to enable future students and families to make an informed decision, so students have the best possible opportunity to succeed at WWS.
“The end goal of the admissions process is to allow future students and families to make as an informed decision as possible, so they have the best possible opportunity to succeed and thrive at WWS.”
Notification of Enrollment Availability
An enrollment offer is communicated to parents in writing within a week following completion of the admissions process.
Enrollment decisions are determined by an Enrollment Team including the Director of Education, Faculty Chair, and specified teacher and support faculty, following a thorough, fair and inclusive process using WWS’ Admissions Policy.
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
After completing the admissions process, any child who has been granted enrollment after the class has reached maximum capacity will be placed in a waiting pool. 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. 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-enrollment agreements, tuition deposits, and an initial payment are typically due mid-March.
Second Priority: Siblings of currently enrolled students and faculty members wishing to newly enroll 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.
Making a Waldorf education a reality
We know 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.
Choosing independent education for your child and family is a decision that requires much consideration, on both philosophical and financial levels. As an non-profit, independent school, we endeavor to keep our fees as low as possible.
We also actively engage in providing assistance to those who may need financial support in order to attend our school. Every year WWS will award approximately $300,000 to around 35% of our students. This level of support is extraordinary and exceeds many Waldorf schools of our size.
Our Tuition Adjustment Opportunities are a key feature of the culture and overall success of our school community who highly values Waldorf education.
Approximately 20% of the WWS annual operating budget is devoted to financial aid and 36% of our students from Kindergarten – Grade 12 receive tuition adjustment on average/year. Financial aid decisions in no way impact student admissions decisions.
The New Student Scholarship Program for selected newly enrolling students entitles recipients to $5000 annually or approx. 50% tuition support for three subsequent years. Siblings are also eligible for the Tuition Adjustment Program.
For students in K-12 who share at least one parent in common, the oldest sibling will owe the 1st Student Tuition Rate at that student’s grade level. Then subsequent siblings (in birth order) will receive a 25% sibling discount and owe the 2nd Student Tuition Rate, etc.
Playschool students (5 and under) may not eligible for sibling discounts or considered in calculations of sibling discounts, but may be eligible for Early Years financial discounts of up to $350 per month.
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.