Admissions Overview - Getting Your Application Started

Waldorf has become one of the fastest growing independent, non-denominational education models in the world, with over 1,000 schools and institutes in 83 countries. The Chicago Waldorf School's application process, which begins with a school visit (see our Tour & Orientation page) is designed to provide an exchange of information so that you can learn more about our programs and we can learn about your child and family. The Waldorf curriculum is grounded in the knowledge that children have distinct, age-related educational and emotional needs according to their naturally unfolding stages of development. In this video our alumni reflect on the value this specialized, innovative and rigorous education has had in their adult lives:

The Chicago Waldorf School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Our outstanding and dedicated faculty have led the Chicago Waldorf School to become a leader in the education field as a respected and successful Waldorf school offering a full education from Early Childhood through High School. The Chicago Waldorf School offers a complete curriculum from Pre-K through 12th grade. Each program has specific application guidelines which you may access via the following links:

Links to apply for:

                                  Parent-Child Program    ("Mom* & Tot Care" for ages 1-3 years old  *And Dads too!)

                                  Early Childhood              (Pre-K & Kindergarten for ages 3-6 years)

                                  Grade School                  (Grades 1-5)

                                  Middle School                 (Grades 6-8)

                                  High School                     (Grades 9-12)

Still have questions? Call the Enrollment Office at 773.465.2371 or email

In this video Waldorf parents, teachers and alumni from the Waldorf School of the Penninsula in California discuss the core values and unique characteristics to the Waldorf approach to education.