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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

As a non-profit 501(c)(3), the Whidbey Island Waldorf School delivers quality and affordable education for all our families thanks to the generous support and commitment of our entire community. 

About Waldorf

Outdoor Education at Its Finest

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! 

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

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!"
WIWS Middle School student who transferred from public education to WIWS.
Rudolph Steiner –

An In-Depth Look

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

The Journey Begins
Waldorf Early Childhood Education at WIWS
A beautiful, wise and heart felt video produced, recorded and edited by a current WIWS parent, featuring beloved WIWS Early Childhood and Sunflower KG teacher Dyanne Harshman. 

WIWS In Pictures

Potlach 2017 on our Chinook Lands

View our
Student Gallery for videos of student performances!

View our Gallery Page for videos, interviews, and articles of interest about Waldorf Education!

Make A Donation

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Whidbey Island Waldorf School
Help us to nurture, grow and support our inspired education.
Thank you!


      WIWS Faculty & Staff, 2017-18

Tours every Thursday at 11:30 am during the school year.
Please call the office ahead of time to let us know you're coming. 

Tours available at other times too.
Please call the office at 360-341-5686
or email enrollment@wiws.org
for the Enrollment and Outreach
Director Karina Bergen to book a day and time.

Another reason to love Whidbey Island!
South Whidbey has fiber optics.
Welcome to quick internet on the island!

Up Next...

Fall & Winter Events!

WIWS Adult Education Series

Join us on the 2nd Thursday

of each month

from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

for support and inspiration

as we discuss issues at the heart of parenting & family.

3rd workshop in our Adult Education series

Simplicity Parenting: Environment with Vanessa Kohlhaas

December 14th 6:30 - 8:30pm

Your home environment impacts you and your child.

Explore ways to transform it to reflect the needs and value of your family.

No children except babes in arms, please.

Suggested donation $15 - $30

Questions, or to register, email


All evenings held at Whidbey Island Waldorf School

6335 Old Pietila Road, Clinton,



Art Explorations:An Afternoon Enrichment Program

At Whidbey Island Waldorf School

Explore new art forms and discover

more ways to be creative.

Learn to felt, paint, sew,

and create with wood and clay.

With WIWS teacher Cordula Hetland.

For: Ages 6-11

Mondays  - Wednesdays each week

Block I - January 8 - March 7

Time: Monday-Wednesday 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Block II - March 12 - May 16

Time: Monday-Wednesday 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Fee: $ 335 per Block

Sibling discount 10%

No class when WIWS is not in session

NEW in 2018!

Journey to Germany!

A language & cultural program at WIWS!

Explore a new language and learn about far away places.

We will cook German food, sing and dance, hear German faerie tales, play games and have lots of fun while we learn to speak German!

For: Ages 6-11

Fridays each week

Block 1, January 8 - March 7
Register by Thursday, December 21

Block II, March 12 - May 16
Register by Monday, February 26

Fee: $120 per Block
10 % Sibling discount

No class when WIWS is not in session

To register or for more information,

call WIWS: 360-341-5686

or email enrollment@wiws.org

All classes at WIWS, 6335 Old Pietila Road, Clinton

ROSEBUD Parent & Child Winter Program

returns in January!

5 Saturdays

Saturday, January 13- Saturday, February 10

9am - 11am

Tuition $125 per family

for caregivers with babes ages birth - 3

please email enrollment@wiws.org

for questions/to register


Part Time Custodian needed

Start Date: 1 December 2017 or sooner
Job Title: Custodian
Pay: $15.00/hr.
Hours: Monday-Friday after school, 2.5 hours per day

For more information, please see our Employment page under the tab "Our School"

Substitute teachers for Early Childhood and Grades
are always welcome to apply.

Address & Calendar

All Postal Mail:
(Please do not send mail to the WIWS street address, it will be returned to you. Please send all mail to our P.O. Box address here. Thank you!)
Whidbey Island
Waldorf School
P.O. Box 469
Clinton, WA

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

2017-18 School Year Calendar
please press Calendar link above to see calendar

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.