Admissions

Whistler Waldorf School Admissions

Admissions Process

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. We evaluate each student based on interviews, teacher recommendations, observation of participation during the school visit, previous school reports and evaluations.

Whistler Waldorf School accepts applications on a rolling basis.

We encourage you to apply at any point during the year and will be happy to consider your application.

Admissions decisions are made based on space availability and the school’s ability to meet the needs of the child. Our goal in 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.

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.

1. Schedule a Visit

We encourage you to visit Whistler Waldorf School so that you can experience the Waldorf approach to education in action. You are welcome to attend one of our admissions events or you can schedule a visit  with our Admissions Manager.

All prospective high school students are invited to experience the school for a day. Visitors will be paired with a student ambassador and have an opportunity to attend classes as well as meet students and teachers.

Please contact the Admissions Manager at admissions@whistlerwaldorf.com to arrange a visit.

2. Submit an Application Package

Playschool / Kindergarten Application Package:

  • A completed application form
  • A recent photo of your child
  • Current immunization record (or written confirmation parents have chosen not to immunize)
  • Signed legal residency form
  • Copy of child’s birth certificate
  • $100 application fee per student

Grade School / High School Application Package:

  • A completed applicationform
  • Copies of two most recent school reports per applying student
  • Copy of child’s birth certificate
  • A signed legal residency form
  • A $100 application fee per student

 

International Student Program Application Package

  • A completed application form
  • Copies of two most recent school reports per applying student
  • Copy of child’s birth certificate
  • A signed legal residency form
  • A $100 application fee per student
  • A letter of support from parents or guardians
  • A letter of reference from a teacher
  • Copy of TOEFL test (or equivalent) if applicable

Payments may be submitted by e-transfer to admissions@whistlerwaldorf.com, or paid by cash, cheque, or credit card at our Reception desk. Please make cheques payable to Whistler Waldorf School.

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

3. Admissions Interviews

Individual interviews with parent(s) & child and the Class Teacher and Faculty Chair or designate will be scheduled upon receipt of a completed application package. The interview is approximately one-hour in length and is an opportunity for WWS to learn more about your child and for you to learn more about our school. A numeracy and literacy assessment will be requested as part of the process.

For out-of-province applicants, admissions interviews can be conducted via Skype.

4. Class Visit

Applying students in grades 4-12 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.

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

5. Notification of Acceptance

The admissions decision is communicated to parents in writing within a week following completion of the admissions process.

Acceptance is determined by our Director of Education, Faculty Chair, and faculty and is 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.

6. Wait Pool

Any child who has been granted admission after the class has reached maximum enrolment 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.

7. Questions?

Further questions? Please contact our Admissions Manager at 604-932-1885 or admissions@whistlerwaldorf.com