Hello and Welcome!
I know searching for schools in the Los Angeles/Pasadena area can seem overwhelming. Throughout my long career with PWS I’ve met many families in your position - trying to understand what schools offer and what your child(ren)’s experience will be when you enroll.
PWS offers several distinguishing characteristics. From our two beautiful campuses totaling nine acres and blooming with countless trees and plants to our Waldorf curriculum, you will find both subtle and obvious differences in curriculum, teaching, aesthetics, and values.
Waldorf teachers work collaboratively and share an understanding of and a philosophy about the developing human beings before them. Early Childhood teachers specialize in creating a warm, home like environment where children ages three to six years old joyfully play. Teachers for Grades 1-8 start their journey with the class in Grade 1 and continue to move through the grades as the “Class Teacher” through Grade 8, engaging their students in the challenging and experiential curriculum. In addition to the academic classes taught by the Class Teacher, students have classes with teachers who specialize in specific subject matter such as world languages, physical education, music, instruments, movement, and handcrafts. In the Middle School (Grades 6-8) additional teachers are available for academic blocks of study. High School (Grades 9-12) teachers specialize in their subject areas and work together to ensure a high level of academic and artistic rigor is awakening the highest potential and developing the fullest capacities of the student.
Due to COVID-19 , we cannot offer in-person tours or open houses. The video montage below is a glimpse into how PWS students are currently learning. We invite families to talk with our Admissions team to answer your questions, find out more about our school, and discuss the best next steps forward. Schedule a call here.
Waldorf Education is right for most students with experiential and engaging curriculum. Students who have an enthusiasm for learning and a willingness to try new things do very well in a Waldorf classroom.
PWS is both a school and a community. Parents are surprised by how often there are opportunities for connection and engagement. Chaperoning hikes and camping trips, helping with the yearly class play, cheering on the sport teams, and participating in class meetings give parents the chance to see how Waldorf Education is unfolding as their child develops. Shopping at the school store The Wishing Well or getting coffee at the Squirrel’s Nest Coffee Cart provide a chance to say hello and make new friends. Preparing for the school’s annual Elves’ Faire brings the parents together to collaborate with shared skills or learn new ones.
I am excited to help you learn more about the school and all that a Waldorf Education brings to students and families. I also want to learn more about your family to help you decide if PWS is a good fit for you. Schedule a time for a phone call or a virtual tour so we can get to know each other better.
Director of Admissions
How to Apply
First Step: Introduce Yourself
Complete an Interest Form and Sign up for a Tour
Complete an INTEREST FORM to let us know more about your family and gain access to the Admission Portal where you can sign up for Fall Admissions Events
If you are interested in Admission for the 2020-2021 or 2021-22 school year, please sign up for a virtual tour/phone call with the Director of Admissions, Diane LaSalle using the scheduler below:
Next Step: Complete the Admissions Application
Complete the Online Application
After you fill out the Interest Form you will receive an email to create an account on Pasadena Waldorf School's ADMISSIONS PORTAL
The Admissions Portal checklist will walk you through the different items for your child’s application. This portal will allow you to edit, review, and save the application form until you are ready to submit.
Teacher and Head of School Recommendation Forms should be sent through the Admissions Portal to your child’s current or most recent teacher and Head of School.
For Grades 7-12, Recommendation Forms should be submitted by your child's current main English and Math teachers (if these are different people) as well as by the Head of School.
If your child is not attending or has not attended school, please email the Admissions Office so the checklist on your Admissions Portal can be updated.
Upload Report Cards/Transcripts
Upload to the Admissions Portal the current and past two years’ report cards.
Should there be additional materials regarding educational recommendations for the applicant please use this section to upload the file. If you have questions about what to include please sign up for a phone call using the scheduler above.
Submit Application Fee
Submit your $100 application fee. Note - this is not a guarantee of admission.
An interview will be scheduled for the applicant (and parents in Preschool through Grade 8) by the Admissions Office after completed application, transcripts, and recommendations have been reviewed.
Applications are accepted throughout the year dependent on space availability in the class. Admissions decisions generally take one to two weeks following the Interview. Admissions for the 2021-2022 school year will be processed in the order in which the applications are completed.