Admissions & Tuition

SEE OUR SCHOOL IN ACTION

We welcome your visit to the Waldorf School of Bend! Experience our morning rhythm, and visit a main lesson in each grade. After your classroom visits, we are here to discuss Waldorf philosophy, answer questions, and explore whether the Waldorf approach is a fit for your child and your family. Because we visit classes in session, adults only please. There are other opportunities for your children to visit at our Open Houses. We have ongoing enrollment, based on availability, throughout the school year!

Our school will be closed December 23 through January 5 for winter break. Happy Holidays!

Beginning in autumn, scheduled tours are held on each Tuesday morning beginning at 9:30. Tours alternate between our grades and early childhood programs. Call Sarah Rucker, Admissions Director, at 541-330-8841 to reserve your spot.

Admissions

We believe a Waldorf education is one of the most important investments you can make in your child’s formative years.

“The task of education is no longer integrating the child into society in such a way that it receives its further formation from society. Today it is the contrary which is important: the child seeks an education which makes it possible to allow its own forces, the source of new development possibilities, to flow into our existing society.” - Rudolf Steiner

Waldorf education is not limited to what happens in the classroom. The child’s environment includes the larger school community. It is essential that all aspects of the school community operate out of the same spiritual and social understanding that underlies the education. The health of the school depends on each individual and group working with the school as a living whole. 

We are truly grateful for the opportunity to provide Waldorf education in Central Oregon, and to witness our students transforming into powerful citizens.  The best way to get to know us is to visit. Click below to schedule a tour, or visit one of our open houses or parent enrichment events. We look forward to welcoming new families to our growing school!

A note on special learning needs: the curriculum offered at WSB embraces many learning modalities and styles. However, it is not tailored to accommodate children who have special learning needs. While the creative and nurturing atmosphere of our classrooms may provide positive experiences for some children with special needs, WSB currently has neither the services, nor trained personnel required to serve a child with special learning needs. As with all of our enrollments at WSB, we look at each student application and family on a case by case and are happy to discuss any items you may have concerns about.

WSB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, income, marital status or sexual orientation in the administration of our educational policies, admissions or Board membership policies, financial programs and other school-administrated programs.

 

 

Applying to Waldorf School of Bend

Enrollment at Waldorf School of Bend is ongoing throughout the year for all our programs where space is still available. If you would like more information on our programs, please fill out our online inquiry form or contact our Admissions Director, Sarah Rucker. srucker@bendwaldorf.com or 541-330-8841.

Click here to download the Admissions Process.

Download applications, teacher recommendation forms and transcript release forms:

New Nursery School for two year olds! Enrollment is now open for our Nursery School opening in January 2020. To apply for this program, please click the application link here: EC Nursery-Application

Parent Toddler Program registration is open for 2019-20 sessions. Click here to download the registration form. For more information about our Chickadee classes click here. Please contact us regarding availability.

Parents and Guardians are strongly encouraged to attend a tour or open house and review our PARENT HANDBOOK prior to submitting an application. If you would like us to mail you a full enrollment package or if you have any questions, please call 541-330-8841 or email us at srucker@bendwaldorf.com.

Tuition Affordability Program

Accessibility for all students to attend

The Waldorf School of Bend is pleased to offer need-based financial assistance. The amount varies from year to year. For the 2019-20 school year, families will be offered up to 50% discount per student, on a case by case basis.

Aid is awarded in the form of tuition discounts and is based on demonstrated financial need as assessed by our objective and confidential third party partner, Smart Aid. While Smart Aid provides an objective assessment, WSB makes all final awards decisions, taking into account the special needs of each family, as well as a commitment to our school community, culture, and Waldorf education.

The financial aid application period is announced each year, approximately mid-year. The application period is generally between December and March, so that families will know their aid status prior to re-enrollment.

Confidential aid applications can be made online via Smart Aid. The deadline for 2020-21 aid is January 17, 2020. Questions on the application process should be directed to the front office.

Tuition & Fees

2019-2020 Tuition Rates and Fees (Tuition for the 2020-2021 school year coming soon!)

  • 3 Day Pre-Kindergarten: $3850 plus $325 materials fee
  • 5 day Mixed-age Kindergarten: $6800 plus $500 materials fee
  • 1st Grade: $9200 plus $515 materials fee
  • 2nd through 6th Grade: $10,025 plus materials fee $530 (2nd), $555 (3rd), $580 (4th), $605 (5th), or $630 (6th)
  • 7th and 8th Grade: $10,465 plus materials fee $655 (7th) or $680 (8th)

Monthly Nursery School tuition and fees 

  • 2 days per week: $336/month plus $125 annual materials fee due at enrollment
  • 3 days per week: $496.80/month plus $150 annual materials fee due at enrollment
  • 4 days per week: $652.80/month plus $175 annual materials fee due at enrollment
  • 5 days per week: $784/month plus $200 annual materials fee due at enrollment

We offer monthly, bi-annual or pay in full tuition payment plans. Extended Care is billed at $7 per hour.

WSB uses the Smart Tuition service to facilitate the payment of school tuition and associated fees. Currently enrolled families can access the Parent Portal/Login at the following link: https://www.parent.smarttuition.com.

Newly enrolling families can enroll with Smart Tuition at the following link: https://enrollwithsmart.com.

Click here for FAQs on the Smart Tuition Management System.

Questions regarding the Smart Tuition Management System should be directed to the Smart Tuition Parent Help Center at 888-868-8828.

Questions regarding WSB tuition and fees should be addressed to the school at 541-330-8841.