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Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able out of their own initiative to impart purpose and direction to their lives.
Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Education

Whidbey Island Waldorf School:
An Innovative Education for a new Era

What do you, as a parent, value in your child's education today?

There are so many skills we want our children to grow and flower - creativity, critical thinking, observation, memory and analysis, problem solving, collaboration and of course, communication. These are among the capacities we have always worked to discover, nurture and nourish in each of our students. Perhaps most importantly in these fast changing times, our curriculum is taught through a lens of social collaboration and compassion, ever moving towards understanding and wonder. Waldorf students move deeper into the world with a well-rounded education, intellectual maturity, confidence in themselves and their abilities; able to think independently and step forward in their own unique way, all the while grounded in a real sense of community and responsibility. A Waldorf education fosters socially-responsible, motivated self-starters who are resistant to peer pressure and respectful of others,
able to respond fully to the changing world around them.

Waldorf education is unique because your child is unique.
Our creative and rigorous teaching approach meets each child where they are—academically, socially and emotionally—to help your child become the best thinker, student, leader, path changer and citizen of the world they can be.

Is Waldorf right for your child? Visit us and find out.

Come for a personal tour of our school or a Walk Through the Grades, visiting three classrooms over the course of the morning. You’ll begin to see what makes Whidbey Island Waldorf School such a special place for your child to be. You’ll start to see and feel all the reasons to choose a Waldorf education. You might catch a glimpse of our Nursery students outside by the fire, playing in the mud wearing their Muddy Buddies. You might see our 8th graders practicing their Shakespeare play or any student in grades 3-8 making beautiful music together in the choir and orchestra; or perhaps you'll come across the 4th graders carving pipes and pulling drum skins as they welcome their annual Potlatch gathering, honoring WA state's history. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse the 3rd graders over at Whidbey Institute gardening or our Middle School students clearing and maintaining trails. Or, you might talk to some of our gifted and dedicated teachers, who seem to “know” your child after just meeting them.

There’s a lot to see on our beautiful campus of 100 acres of forest trust land, stewarded by the Whidbey Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit learning center serving adults, young adults, and youth.

To learn more or to come for a tour or a Walk Through the Grades, please call Enrollment & Outreach Director Karina Bergen at 360-341-5686
or email enrollment@wiws.org

We look forward to meeting you!

More about Waldorf

Outdoor Education at Its Finest
with our Sunflower & Golden Forest Kindergartens

Reverence for nature and honoring of her seasons and cycles are part and parcel of a Waldorf education. In keeping with this spirit of reverence and in accordance with our strong support of play-based Early Childhood education, our Kindergarten students enjoy significant time out-of-doors.

Our young students in the Sunflower Kindergarten begin their days inside with an art or craft, and then go outside for walks and play on the beautiful 100-acre forest preserve upon which our beautiful campus is situated. 

Students in the Golden Forest Kindergarten spend all their time outside on the land; playing, singing, moving, walking and at least one day a week, roasting potatoes round the fire in our Sunny Meadow.

To read more about Forest/Outdoor Kindergartens, please see our Nursery and Kindergarten information, under Education Programs in the headers above.
Thank you!

from our school community

"Thank you for the wonderful loving support. We can feel it. This year so far has been so amazing. Taylor absolutely loves his class. And we have enjoyed meeting everyone and building relationships. Thank you."
Sara Goss, new parent at WIWS

"Family, community, wonder, magic! The children who grow up in this school are incredibly self-aware and self-expressed, with poise and charisma that is rare. And wise beyond their years. (Attend an 8th Graduation ceremony if you can, and listen to the kids. They will blow you away, each and every one.) The amazing fabric of interwoven community not only holds up the children, but also the parents and families – a testament to the commitment of faculty, administration and parent bodies. All those involved are seen, acknowledged and respected. It's cozy, sure, and you might bump heads (you can't hide and skate through) but just like life in any tight-knit group, the challenges serve to strengthen bonds and enrich life's journey. The kids to learn to work things out, to find a place for all, to love one another as brother and sister. You get tenfold back what you put in here. And not to mention the jaw dropping setting in the forest. The seasonal events are beautiful, soulful, enriching happenings, anchoring the passage of time with heartfelt ceremonies so the feelings sink in, and stay with you for the rest of your life. Whether you're deep into the pedagogy, or just finding compatibility in the curriculum, there is no denying that the level of love, care and hands-on experience this school offers is the most potent nourishment a growing body and mind can receive along the path of self-actualization. In this day and age, one would be hard-pressed to find a school offering greater inspiration ANYWHERE, let alone on Whidbey Island. Thank you Whidbey Island Waldorf School for all you do and are. You have changed my life profoundly for the better."
Denis Zimmermann, current parent at WIWS

"I feel like I'm using my WHOLE brain!"
Middle School student who transferred from public school to WIWS

"This is one of the best places to go to school as a young student! WIWS spends time working to create intelligent, well-rounded humans instead of simply forcing students to regurgitate information on standardized tests. Students spend time learning life skills such as: sewing, cooking, self-care, physical health and independent thinking, which prepare them for life beyond elementary school."
Rachael Arand, WIWS Alum

"I think one of my oldest daughter’s favorite blocks was Anatomy & Physiology,in 8th Grade while at WIWS. She went on to become a degreed exercise scientist and is passionate about helping others move, gain strength, heal, and eat nutritiously. She’s now applying to grad schools to continue to follow her passion. She is a life long lover of learning and I know WIWS inspired her passions and motivation early on.
Kris Rodden, WIWS Alum mom

"Oh my goodness! Our family only spent a fall quarter in the afternoon enrichment Art program, but it was so life changing and left such a lasting impression on our family.
That was with only 3 days a week for an hour and a half a day. But we are missing everything about the school, the community, the teaching and learning philosophy, and the spiritual essence one feels when entering the building. We even miss the smells!
My daughters weren't even full time students. But it meant so much to us. I'm so grateful for the enrichment classes Waldorf offers home school families. They truly touched us on many levels. Not just educational, but as a whole.
I can't wait for the next time we find ourselves on the Waldorf campus. All I know is Whidbey Waldorf is everything I could ever hope for in a learning/education community and so much more.
Thank you for allowing our family to be part of your Waldorf community through your amazing programs."
Valerie Archilla Alaniz
Home schooling mother in North Whidbey
Rudolph Steiner –

An In-Depth Look

The Sounds and Rhythms of WIWS
Audio CD

Conceived, produced, recorded and edited by current WIWS parents.

Seeding the Future
Experience Belonging
A new, beautiful, short, inspiring and soulful look at Waldorf education.

Celebrating 100 years of Waldorf Education around the world. Inspirational and educational - prepare to be moved!

The Journey Begins
Waldorf Early Childhood Education at WIWS
A beautiful, wise and heart felt video featuring beloved WIWS Sunflower Kindergarten teacher Dyanne Harshman, with music by WIWS Golden Forest Kindergarten teacher William Dolde.

Produced, recorded and edited by WIWS parent Caven Keith. 

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Welcome to Whidbey Island Waldorf School

   2019-20 Academic Calendar HERE

Up Next...

Welcome to FALL and the Rosebud Parent and Child program at Whidbey Island Waldorf School!
Our FALL 2019 Rosebud runs two sessions, Early Fall and Late Fall.
Twelve (12) Thursday classes total for $300, for both Early and Late Fall.

Early Fall Schedule:
6 Thursdays
Thursday, Sept. 12 - Thursday, October 17
9am - 11am
Tuition is $150

Late Fall Schedule:
6 Thursdays
Thursday, November 7 - Thursday, December 19
(no class on Thursday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving)
9am - 11am
Tuition is $150

Questions, or to register: enrollment@wiws.org

Our Rosebud program creates a warm, nurturing, supportive environment for children (birth to three) and their parents or caregiver. Children are invited to join in free and imaginative play, circle time for songs, verses and movement and a wholesome snack.
This class will begin on the Early Childhood playground.

Meaningful Movement Dance and Yoga presents
Mindful Movers
Dance + Yoga + Mindset
An all-encompassing experience nurturing the whole child

at Whidbey Island Waldorf School
September 5 - October 10
1pm - 2:30pm, Ages 7-12, $150
2:30pm - 3:45pm, Ages 3-6, $125

Register online at:

Statement of Non-Discrimination and a Land History Acknowledgement

WIWS would like to reaffirm our commitment to creating and nurturing an inclusive,diverse and welcoming community for every student and family. 
We stand in support of each and every WIWS student and family, regardless of nation of origin, race, immigration status, religious affiliation or LGBTQIA identity. 

We love and honor all of our students and families and feel blessed to have you all in our community.

We acknowledge this place, its history, and the people—past, present, and future—upon whose traditional lands we live and work. Whidbey Island Waldorf School is located on the territory of the Lower Skagit, Swinomish, Suqamish, and Snohomish tribes—the island Tscha-kole-chy, named Whidbey Island by colonial settlers. We acknowledge that this is a timeless sacred place, where ceremonies and festivals have been held for millennia, and whose spirits are still in ceremony now, and we ask their permission to share our school life with them and all of you. 

Employment/ Address & Calendar

Whidbey Island Waldorf School

Is Now Hiring


Administrative Assistant

15 hours/week

$17.50-$19.50/hour depending upon skills and experience



Development Coordinator

10 hours/week

$19-$21/hour depending upon skills and experience



Extended Care Assistant




Afternoon Program Grades 1-2




Title I Reading/Math Tutor

$25/hour, schedule to be determined


Please see our Employment page for more information!

For additional information and to apply, email administrator@wiws.org, and visit www.wiws.org. Applicants, please submit a letter of interest, resume and 3 professional references via the email above or mail to 6335 Old Pietila Rd., Clinton, WA 98236.

Please see our Employment page for more information.

All persons interested in substituting for Early Childhood and/or Grades are welcome to apply.

See our Employment page for more information.

Postal Mail:
Whidbey Island
Waldorf School
P.O. Box 469
Clinton, WA

At Chinook:
Whidbey Island
Waldorf School
6335 Old Pietila Road
Clinton, WA

WIWS is an associate member of AWSNA, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. For more information, visit

WIWS is a full member of WECAN, the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America. For more information visit, www.waldorfearlychildhood.org.

Whidbey Island Waldorf School is a grateful recipient of the Goosefoot Grant.