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The following is a first-person account of Waldorf education from a Waldorf alumnus, Shane Alexander. To learn about the difference between Waldorf and Montessori schools, read our comparison guide. You can also read our guide to Waldorf preschools.

Another question that sometimes comes up when parents are looking for a school for their children is: what happens after an education at that school? Do the kids survive in the real world? How does the education effect the students' lives after graduation?


For me, I knew I wanted to be in the broadcasting industry in some way or fashion. I took a year off and then went to broadcasting school in Southfeld, Michigan. I then returned after my schooling to go to Trebas Institute here in Toronto since I got the music bug. I took music business and spearheaded my own concert promotions company for a few years.

Like myself, most Waldorf graduates are somewhere in the arts. We're known for our musical talent.

Class of '98 Graduate, Laura Petracca is part of an all-girl band called Hunter Valentine. Meanwhile, other graduates like Emma Cook and Layah Jane are also inspiring musicians touring and selling their creative product.

Martina Sorbara, who graduated a year after me, is probably the most well known of the Waldorf music crew doing her folk solo thing for years now and part of an electropop group called Dragonette.

Other Waldorf graduates I know have went on to use their creative energy that they picked up at the school to be in graphic design, professional artists, and sculptures. However, not all Waldorfians leave the round school to pursue their art dream. Some have gone on to be in real estate, the computer industry, medicine and business.

Some Waldorifans head worldwide for their life long goals. Some take up backpacking around Europe or other parts of the world and work small jobs just so they can afford a place to stay and some food. It's that Waldorf adventurous sense in them. The school creates that passion of wonder.

Whatever we end up doing, it's not usual. There's always a small Waldorfian reason behind our life goals. Waldorf seems to change us that way. Keeps us wanting that type of amsuement. Wonder. Curiosity. Passion for self accomplishment.

If you can see your child as being a creative genuis, definitely send them to Waldorf. They'll cater to their needs better than most schools. If you don't see that creative spark, you can still send them to Waldorf as they'll most likely pick up something they haven't thought of.

Most importantly, though: They'll come out as a rounded invividual and will be a better person in the workforce because of it.

—Shane Alexander
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  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave. West
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $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
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $18,000 to $21,000

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.

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Toronto Waldorf School 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Appleby Line/Upper Middle Road
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $10,500 to $17,600

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

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Halton Waldorf School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Davenport Rd/Spadina Rd
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $14,325 to $22,650

Small class sizes and our unique curriculum - infused with Arts, Movement, Outdoor Education - create deeper connections across subjects, at all child development stages. Parents describe us as “schooling with heart".

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Waldorf Academy 14325 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 9 Coed
  • $4,410 to $14,850

Calgary Waldorf School’s rich and challenging curriculum carefully balances academic, artistic and practical activities to stimulate intelligence and encourage creativity.

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Calgary Waldorf School 4410 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
    Wellington/Yonge
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $18,000 to $20,000

Flexible, techy environment. Freedom of choice. ALL ABILITIES welcome and no ideals taught outside the scope of academia. We are a COMMUNITY of incredible future leaders with innate creative genius!

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  • Progressive
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Agora Prep 18000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
  • Guelph, Ontario
    Victoria Rd N/Woodlawn Rd E
  • K to 8 Coed
  • $5,936 to $13,941

Trillium provides a comprehensive, vibrant and academically vigorous Waldorf education. Students are welcomed into a warm environment with teachers who care deeply for them, and support their holistic development.

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Trillium Waldorf School 5936 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Kitchener, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $2,730 to $4,615

Carmel New Church School provides a loving, peaceful place with indoor and outdoor classrooms where students are taught to become productive and caring people, both in this life and the next.

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Carmel New Church School 2730 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed

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