Waldorf education in Canada

The Our Kids guide to Waldorf schools and programs in Canada






Is a Waldorf education the best option for your child?

Our guide is meant to help you with this important decision. We cover private Waldorf schools in Canada and discuss the many issues parents face when considering one of these schools. We then provide a list of Waldorf schools and tools for comparing those schools by their program offerings.



Quick summary:

  • Waldorf education, founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, provides a unique alternative to mainstream education. It’s offered in over 1,000 schools worldwide, including about 150 schools in North America and 30 in Canada.

  • These schools are sensitive to the developmental needs of children. Traditional academics are delayed until children are ready and interested, usually until grade 1.

  • There is no one-size-fits all curriculum: curricula are tailored to specific learning needs and interests. That said, students must achieve benchmarks starting in kindergarten (though they typically aren't given marks until grade 6).

  • Teachers educate the whole child: head, heart, and hands. They develop children’s aptitudes for thinking, feeling, and acting. This allows children to grow and mature in important ways.

  • Art, music, and imagination are infused throughout the curriculum. This nurtures creativity, curiosity, and a love of learning.

  • Children learn about themselves, the environment, and their relationship to the environment.

  • We list Waldorf private schools on this site, and provide tools for comparing those schools. Moreover, our parent discussion forum allows you to discuss options and get answers to your questions.






There are many private Waldorf schools in Canada, including in Toronto, Ontario, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Most of these are schools are at the preschool or elementary (or lower school) level. There are also Waldorf middle and high schools, though. All of these schools have an individualized curriculum. They also focus on more than just academics. They aim to educate the whole child: the intellectual, practical, and artistic sides of students.



 
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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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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Toronto, Ontario
Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave. West
 
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  • Gr. PS to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum; Waldorf
  • $15,500 to $17,500
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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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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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