Waldorf Alumni

The Waldorf School of Philadelphia has established a reputation for excellent high school placement. Our students are offered acceptance to select admission high schools in Philadelphia, both public and private. Moreover, our graduates go on to attend some of the most prestigious colleges around the country, as well as excellent state universities. And some have graduated and are in the post-undergrad chapter of their life.

Qualities of Waldorf Alumni

The most coveted attributes sought by universities and employers can be found in our graduates. The Survey of Waldorf Graduates indicates that Waldorf Education cultivates the following 21st century attributes:

  • Multiple Intelligences and Cross-Disciplinary Learners
  • Global Consciousness and Sustainability
  • Basis for Moral Navigation
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • High Levels of Social Intelligence
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • High Levels of Emotional Intelligence
  • Thinkers Who Think Outside the Box

 Higher Education

Waldorf Alumni attend a diverse range of high schools, colleges and universities after graduation, and are part of a unique network of talented Waldorf alumni from around the world.

High Schools include:

  • Central High School
  • Science Leadership Academy
  • The High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)
  • Germantown Friends School
  • Germantown Academy
  • Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP)
  • Abington Friends School
  • Academy of the New Church
  • Cheltenham High School
  • Doane Academy
  • Edward R Murrow High School
  • Friends Select
  • The George School
  • Kimberton Waldorf School
  • La Salle College High School
  • Penn Charter
  • Phillips Academy
  • Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
  • Springfield Township High School
  • St Pauls
  • St Josephs Preparatory School
  • WB Saul

Colleges and Universities include:

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Chicago
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Tulane University
  • Ursinus College
  • Wesleyan College
  • Arcadia University
  • University of the Arts
  • Drexel University
  • Emerson College
  • Goucher College
  • George Washington University
  • Ithaca College
  • Northeastern University
  • Parsons the New School for Design
  • Pratt Institute
  • Penn State
  • Reed College
  • Temple University


Alumni Reflections

“The interdisciplinary aspect of Waldorf Education allows students to work outside the boundaries of traditional education.”

- Fred and Pattie Manuel, parents of Max Manuel, Class of 2008


“Being a student at The Waldorf School of Philadelphia, making main lesson books, I now have a different perspective on learning. I can step back and analyze, I have different ways of looking at a problem.”

- Nick Rittler, Class of 2008, University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2012

"The Waldorf School of Philadelphia taught me to have an open mind, that there is never one solution to a problem and that each person has something to offer. Also, that it is important to be yourself, you do not have to do things that everyone else is doing. Instead of going to college, like most people, I am taking a gap year and I know that it is okay to do that. These are things that will certainly benefit me in the future." 

- Gwyneth Stevens-King, Class of 2007, Gap year travelling to Africa and Guatemala

"Philly Waldorf definitely prepared me for high school, and I expect that this will stay true for college and the rest of my life. Waldorf Education provided a strong base from which to move forward at Central and, in many subjects, I found that what we learned at Waldorf was more advanced than the subject matter being taught at high school." 

- Max Manuel, Class of 2008, Senior at Central High School

"I definitely feel I was prepared for high school after I left Philly Waldorf. Although we did not take tests and get grades the same way that other kids do in more traditional schools, I actually feel that in some ways I was better prepared than some of my peers because of the love of learning that I got from Waldorf." 

- Hannah Gartner, Class of 2006, Northeastern University

“Waldorf offers an alternative form of learning that focuses on each individual student. Waldorf promotes creativity and individuality.”

- Bunny Smith, Class of 2005, University of Pittsburgh

I decided to go to a challenging academic high school because I was not always sure of what I wanted to do. I never saw myself majoring in art. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia prepared me well for high school and I have done very well, finding myself constantly ahead in a very competitive high school, being in the National Honor Society and in the top 10% of my class.

- Liz Bastian, Class of 2007, Parsons the New School for Design

“The most developmentally sound approach to giving a child the foundation of a satisfying life.”

- Dan Rittler, parent of Nick Rittler, Class of 2008