Admissions – Early Childhood

Thank you for your interest in The Waldorf School of Philadelphia. If you are interested in exploring mid-year enrollment, please contact the Director of Admissions to inquire about availability. To apply for enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year, you are invited to  attend a Classroom Observation Morning or a seasonal Family Open House to learn more about the Waldorf philosophy.

Applying for the Mixed-Age Early Childhood Program or the Nursery

Please complete and return an Early Childhood Application Form along with a recent photograph of your child, teacher reference, and school transcripts (if applicable), together with a non-refundable application fee of $60.00 made payable to The Waldorf School of Philadelphia. 

It is beneficial to apply for enrollment as early as possible so that admissions play-dates can be easily scheduled. Space is limited, particularly in the nursery and mixed-age early childhood programs. We always continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until our classes are full. If a wait-pool is established, the school will consider students from the pool who contribute to balanced classrooms.

Early Childhood Admissions Play-dates

We would like to get to know you and your child and to allow your child the experience of a Waldorf classroom.  Children being considered for the mixed-age early childhood program are invited for a 45-minute play-date in a Waldorf classroom taught by our trained Waldorf early childhood teachers. The play-date allows our teachers to observe applicant children in a group setting. The visit includes circle time and free play. While the children are in the classroom, all parents of applicants will meet for a group conversation with school leadership and to have questions about answered. 

The dates available for admissions visits are: 

2.00 p.m. November 3rd
2.00 p.m. November 10th
2.00 p.m. December 1st
2.00 p.m. December 8th
2.00 p.m. January 12th
2.00 p.m. January 19th

Nursery Admissions Visits

You and your child will be invited for a 45-minute visit to the Waldorf nursery classroom. There you will meet with our trained Waldorf early childhood teachers while our teachers observe your child in a group setting. 

The dates available for nursery visits are: 

3.30 p.m. November 3rd
3.30 p.m. November 10th
3.30 p.m. December 1st
3.30 p.m. December 8th
3.30 p.m. January 12th
3.30 p.m. January 19th

Financial Aid 

All students who have turned 5 years old by June 1st are eligible to apply for financial aid. The deadline for completing your financial aid application is January 20th, 2017. Offers of enrollment and financial aid award letters will be mailed on or about February 3rd, 2017. To learn more about our school's financial aid program please visit the financial aid page of this website. Please do not wait until being advised of the admissions decision to apply for financial aid. Applicants interested in tuition support should submit their financial aid applications at the time of submitting the enrollment application and no later than the deadline stated.

Enrollment Decision

You will be informed of an enrollment decision within two weeks of your admissions visit.

Acceptance and Enrollment

Offers of enrollment will be mailed on or about February 3rd, 2017. Acceptance of our offer of enrollment is required by March 1st for all new families, and February 17th for current families with siblings. A non-refundable deposit of $750 is to be returned with the signed enrollment contract. 

For more information about the Early Childhood admissions process, please contact Alexandra Borders, Director of Admissions, at 215-248-1662 or


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