Our Admissions Process
School’s out for fall! There’s a nip in the air and leaves are beginning to float down, and you know what that means – back to school. The state of Massachusetts has prioritized returning students to in-person learning on campus this fall, with many precautions to preserve health and safety. You’ll find more about our school reopening plans here.
Although our fall admissions deadline has passed, we offer rolling admissions for programs with open spots. We invite you to consider Berkshire Waldorf School for your child or children, with all the vibrant learning that four seasons and wide open spaces can bring to childhood. The first day of school for the grades is September 8; for early childhood programs, September 14. Admissions Director Robyn Coe looks forward to introducing you to Waldorf Education in the Berkshires via phone, email, video or visit.
Explore the “aliveness” that sets Berkshire Waldorf School apart, and learn how we meet your child’s curiosity, imagination and need for action! A Berkshire Waldorf education is collaborative, interactive and delightful. In our school, education is an art, and learning to understand the world is a creative act. In 2020, BWS was voted “Best School in the Berkshires” for the seventh consecutive year.
Other ways to get to know BWS
- Visit and follow us on social media Facebook + Instagram + Twitter
- Discover more about BWS teachers and curriculum
- Enjoy this introduction to Waldorf education
- And FAQs parents often ask when considering Waldorf education
- This inspiring film celebrates the 100th anniversary of Waldorf education worldwide in 2019
“Berkshire Waldorf School is a treasure, truly a game changer for children and families.”– Parent Holly Henderson-Fisher
2. Start Your Inquiry
Click on the program button for your child (below) to create your inquiry in our admissions portal and begin your journey with a conversation. From the portal, you can also access the online application. Once you complete the application, we may ask you to provide various supplemental information, depending on your child’s age and prior school experience.
You’ll find current school tuition rates for your child’s program on our Tuition Information page.
Berkshire Waldorf School students come from many educational, geographic and cultural backgrounds (about 40% of our families relocated to the Berkshires to attend BWS). They come to school from across the tri-corner region: northern Connecticut, Berkshire County and Columbia County, NY. And once they graduate from eighth grade, our students matriculate to a diverse array of high schools. Visit “Where Do They Go After Berkshire Waldorf School?” for the impressive list of high schools where the Class of 2020 has been welcomed.
Parent-Child Garden (4 mo – 3 yrs)
Parent-Child classes are for young children who attend classes with a parent or caregiver. There are three age ranges, 4 months to walking (Sweet Peas), 1-2 years (Buttercups) and 2-3+ years (Morning Glories). To register for Fall sessions, visit Parent-Child Garden.
Early Childhood (18 mos-6 years)
Children are eligible to join our Early Childhood classes (nursery for 2s and 3s, and mixed-age kindergarten for children who will turn 4, 5 or 6 during the school year) if they will be at least 18 months old by September 1, 2020. At Berkshire Waldorf School, depending on your child’s birth date, they may spend several consecutive years in Early Childhood, and turn 6 during their final year of kindergarten, prior to joining first grade the following fall.
Your child is ready for First Grade during the 2020-21 school year if they turn 6 by June 1, 2020. An interview, first grade screening and current teacher’s reference are also part of the application.
Elementary Grades 2-5
Waldorf education is based on each child’s developmental stage, so at Berkshire Waldorf School, your student’s elementary grade level is determined by their birth date rather than skill level. However, for students coming from programs outside Waldorf education, we will also consider each child’s individual experience.
Middle School Grades 6-8
Berkshire Waldorf School’s adventurous middle school program builds on the strong foundation of elementary school, advancing to a high level of personal and social responsibility, accountability, and individual and class expectations.
High School, Grades 9-12
For inquiries and admissions for students ages 14-18 (Grades 9-12) at our affiliated Berkshire Waldorf High School in Stockbridge, MA, contact Admissions Director Sarah Blexrud at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-298-3800.
Want to learn more?
Please contact BWS Admissions Director Robyn Coe at (413)528-4015 ext. 106 or email@example.com.