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Thank you for your interest in the Waldorf School of Santa Barbara.

Since 1984, Waldorf Santa Barbara has prepared students to enter adulthood with the capacities of self-discipline, independence, analytical and critical thinking skills, respect for their fellow human beings, and a reverence for the world’s beauty and wonder.

The Waldorf curriculum enlivens the head, the heart and the hands through creative and active engagement with academics, art, music, movement and language.

Waldorf education is based on the simple yet profound insight that children learn in distinctly different ways at different stages of their development. The Waldorf curriculum is therefore designed to meet each stage of development physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.

If you have not yet done so, we encourage you to attend one of our Open House School Tours. These on-campus experiences are truly the best way for you to gain rich insights into the offerings of The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara. If you are unable to visit during one of these scheduled tour times, please register for a personal tour of our campus and classrooms.

Choosing a school is an important decision and a thought-filled journey for the entire family. We recognize this, and are here to help you throughout the process.

Admissions Information

Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria

Acceptance to The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara is based on the school’s ability to meet the child’s needs, the child’s ability to function in the class, and the family’s willingness to support Waldorf education by providing an appropriate, healthy, nurturing environment for the child.

Waldorf Santa Barbara does not administer standardized tests for admission. We use previous school records, any testing and evaluations that have already been done, personal interviews, and grade-level readiness assessments.

Suitable applicants for pre-school and kindergarten are those children whose developmental, social, and learning potentials are such that they may be able to function harmoniously within groups of twenty or fewer, depending upon their age, and whose parents are willing to work with the teachers of the program for the wellbeing of the individual child, while keeping in mind the needs of all the children within the group.

Appropriate applicants for grades 1-8 are students who are capable of functioning successfully in a class with one teacher without requiring exceptional attention for behavioral issues, work habits, or academic limitations. The school is able to accommodate very few students with such needs. If such students can be accommodated in some way, and resource services are required, the parents may be required to provide the services as a condition of admission.

It is tacitly understood that re-enrollment for any given year requires that the above criteria continue to apply at each subsequent level beyond initial enrollment in the school. If it should become evident that the criteria are no longer met, the school would counsel the family to seek a more appropriate placement for either their own values or for the student’s needs.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and Fees Schedule 2018-19

Application, Interview and Acceptance

Priority applications for the 2018-19 school year are due March 1, 2018. Applications received after March 1st will be considered on a space-available basis. If the class for which you are applying is full, your application will be placed in the wait pool. A non-refundable fee of $95 per application is due with the Application for Enrollment.

It is required, prior to enrollment, that you attend a Walk Through the Grades Tour, an Open House and/or a one-on-one tour of our school. After the Application for Enrollment is received, an in-depth interview will be scheduled with your child’s teacher. Upon acceptance by the faculty, a meeting with the Enrollment Director will be scheduled, followed by an official notification of acceptance mailed or hand delivered to parents.

The School Day

Preschool 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Kindergarten 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Grade 1 8:20 am to 1:40 pm*
Grades 2-8 8:20 am to 2:40 pm*

*Weekly early dismissal every Thursday at 12:45 pm for the Faculty Meeting

Registration Fees

Full-Time Students (Kindergarten – Grade 8)

  • A non-refundable registration fee of $600 is due within 14 days of the date on your acceptance letter. If accepted after the beginning of the school year, the registration is due within 5 days.

2 – 3 Day Per-Week Students (Preschool)

  • A non-refundable $300 registration fee is due within 14 days after the date of your acceptance letter. If accepted after the beginning of the school year, the registration fee is due within 5 days.

Supply Fees

Due June 1, 2018 or with registration fee if acceptance occurs after June 2nd.

2-Day Preschool $255
3-Day Preschool $380
5-Day Preschool $560
Kindergarten $560
Grade 1: $675
Grade 2: $675
Grade 3: $775
Grade 4: $775
Grade 5: $775
Grade 6:
Grade 7:
Grade 8:


We are partnering with FACTS to help manage our tuition payment program. You may choose to pay tuition annually (July), semi-annually (July & January), quarterly (July, October, January, and April) or monthly (July to May).  You may also choose between two payment dates, the 5th or 20th of the month.

2-Day Preschool $4,960
3-Day Preschool $7,440
5-Day Preschool $12,400
5-Day Kindergarten $12,400
Grades 1 through 8 $17,392

Tuition Insurance

Tuition insurance and our withdrawal policy are in place in order to protect our families and our school if a family chooses to withdraw after an Enrollment Agreement has been signed. All families paying in installments must have Tuition Insurance (3% of annual tuition). Your tuition insurance will be automatically added to your first payment in FACTS if you choose an installment plan. Specific Information on our Tuition Insurance plan can be found below as an attached document.

Parent Association / Enrichment Fee

The Parent Association / Enrichment Fee is $35 per family per year. This fee helps offset the cost of bringing parent enrichment opportunities to the community throughout the school year while building community within our parent body. Certain parent enrichment events may have an additional ticket fee.

After School Care for Early Childhood

After school care is available for Preschool & Kindergarten students from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the rate of $6.00 per hour. Extended Care is available for Nursery & Kindergarten students from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at a rate of $8.00 per hour

After School Care for the Grades
After school care is available for children in Grades 1 through 8 until 5:00 p.m. at a rate of $6.00 per hour.

Instrument Fee

The cost for a student’s instrument is the parents’ responsibility.

Extracurricular Activities

Field Trips, After School Sports and other extracurricular activities, are additional costs parents will be asked to support. Parents are advised of the costs as the activities are scheduled.

Tuition Assistance Program

Tuition Assistance Program

Tuition Assistance is available on the basis of demonstrated need. Our Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) endeavors to make Waldorf education available to all who truly value it. Many of our families receiving Tuition Assistance give back to the school community by offering extra time and heart on committees and serve as dedicated and deeply appreciated volunteers on our campus. Tuition Assistance is available for our Nursery through 8th grade families. 

Learn More and Apply for Tuition Assistance

Application for Enrollment: Procedures & Forms

The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara encourages all families to attend a Walk Through the Grades and/or an Open House to get a closer look at our school before you begin the application process. Please contact Heidi Goodwin to set up a time to visit that fits your schedule and needs.

Please contact the Administration Office for more information about the school’s programs and philosophy, tuition and fees, and opportunities to visit the school.

Application Process

The priority enrollment deadline is February 1st, 2018. We do accept applications after the deadline and throughout the school year based on space availability.

  1. Complete your online Admissions Application 
  2. After your Admissions Application is received, it will be reviewed by the class teacher and an interview will be scheduled with the child and/or family.
  3. If a family has not yet visited our school, the Enrollment Director will meet with you to share insights and information about our values, community, calendar, and educational philosophy, as well as be there to answer and assist with any additional questions.
  4. Once an acceptance decision has been made, the office will notify your family and we will begin the registration process.

Children are placed according to the developmental, academic and social needs of the child at the time of enrollment. Public school grade level may or may not correspond to Waldorf grade level.

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