Over three million dollars in merit-based scholarships can’t be wrong.

The graduating class of 2016, a class of 25, was offered over 3 million dollars in merit-based scholarships at top universities and colleges. Graduates of the 8th grade routinely test into selective enrollment high schools. 

Colleges want Waldorf students. Why? They can think on their feet and they’re socially ready to move into the world. But that doesn't happen overnight. The teenage years are a time of big questions: What can I learn from the world around me? Why does injustice exist? Who do I need to become to make a difference in the world?

The Chicago Waldorf High School helps our students address these questions with a curriculum that cultivates analytical and creative thinking, promotes community engagement and learning from others in service opportunities (High School students are particularly vulnerable to cynicism—service work is the counterbalance), encourages eloquence in expression, and inspires the transformation of idealism into initiative. The great literary archetypes speak volumes to the 21st century teenager. The hero. The quest. The journey stories.

Starting the day with physical  movement helps to wake up the teenage body before lessons. Ending the day with art allows for reflection and integration of complex material. And in between, students are not asked to specialize and narrow their thinking, but to instead expand and broaden their ideas on what is possible. Which can even take them to another country, if they choose to participate in our World Language Exchange program. 

"...Waldorf students have a lot of maturity and self-awareness--and have been given a chance to figure out what they really want verses the 'kindergarten-to-Ivy League steeplechase' mentality you see at most schools." —Independent College Counselor