The benefits of Waldorf schools

How Waldorf schools benefit children

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Waldorf schools and preschools, similar to Reggio Emilia schools and preschools, embrace a holistic approach to education that immerses students in practical, hands-on, multi-dimensional learning activities that engage their bodies, brains and emotions. Read more


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Toronto, Ontario
Davenport Rd/Spadina Rd
 
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"Smaller class sizes and our unique curriculum - infused with arts, movement, outdoor education - allow deeper connections across subjects, at all developmental stages. Waldorf education is “schooling with heart"." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $21,700 to $24,700
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Waldorf Academy 21700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
 
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"Calgary Waldorf School’s rich and engaging curriculum carefully balances academic, artistic and practical activities to stimulate intelligence and encourage creativity." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 9 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $3,890 to $14,850
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Calgary Waldorf School 3890 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Burlington, Ontario
Appleby Line/Upper Middle Road
 
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"Halton Waldorf School offers an education that fosters confidence, independence and intelligence. Located on five forested acres, the school has been uniquely designed to support the goals of Waldorf education. Est 1984" —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $14,360 to $19,360
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Halton Waldorf School 14360 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave. West
 
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"NOW WITH LICENSED DAYCARE! Bring your child for a free trial to let him or her experience the difference. Don't be surprised if he or she doesn't want to go home at the end of the day! SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS AVAILABLE!" —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum; Waldorf
  • $15,500 to $17,500
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Alive Montessori & Private School 15500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Thornhill, Ontario
Bathurst St/Rutherford Rd
 
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"Toronto Waldorf School offers a curriculum that integrates academics, arts and movement while addressing the intellectual, physical, emotional and social aspects of child development from preschool to gr. 12." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $18,000 to $21,000
  • Day school
  • 360 students
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Toronto Waldorf School 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

Unique features of a Waldorf school

We work in more subtle ways than other schools with more hands-on activity. A lot of time is spent away from desks, with children using their hands and bodies in learning activities. We see children as multi-faceted, and the more engaged the body is in hands-on activity, the more engaged the brain is. It also helps build their self-confidence, because rather than just learning off a blackboard or writing tests, they are constantly accomplishing tasks, which is more tangible and rewarding. We also have integrated academics, so that students use what they learn from a variety of different subject areas to complete practical projects.

Unique benefits of a Waldorf school

At Waldorf schools, 95 percent of our graduates go to university, and 50 per cent get a master's degree or PhD, so the first thing I tell parents is that it works. Also, the No. 1 factor in the successful education of a child is parental involvement, and our schools heavily emphasize a strong involvement by a child's family, which makes all the difference.

Is Waldorf school a good fit for my child?

Parents need to see for themselves what Waldorf is all about and how it promotes the development and self-esteem of children. Children are fully immersed in learning in a holistic way, and we don't have to give them a gold star or tell them they've done a good job when they achieve something, because they experience that satisfaction directly through learning that is fun, engaging and practical.

—Ryan Lindsay President of the Waldorf School Association of Ontario

 
Read our comparison guides. In separate articles, we compare Waldorf to Montessori schools and Waldorf to Reggio Emilia schools. We also compare Waldorf preschools to Montessori preschools and Waldorf preschools to Reggio Emilia preschools.

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