Our Admissions Process

1. Visit

The best way to get to know Berkshire Waldorf School is to come visit. On walks through both our indoor and outdoor classrooms, you’ll experience the “aliveness” that sets Berkshire Waldorf School apart and learn how Waldorf education meets your child’s curiosity, creativity and need for action with learning that also builds self-esteem, character, empathy and leadership.

Starting at in the Berkshire Waldorf School library—the original school building, a classic Berkshires timber frame barn—you’ll visit grades 1 through 8, tour art studios and gardens, and meet faculty, alumni and current parents. Families interested in the early childhood program for children 2 years, 5 months through 6 will also visit Early Childhood classes and activities.

We welcome parents and guardians for tours year-round. Weekday school year open houses take place October 24, November 14 and January 16 from 9-11a. We’ll also host “Looking Ahead to Elementary School” (November 26, 9-11a) for parents of early childhood and kindergarten children and “Looking Ahead to Middle School” (February 13, 9-11a) for parents of rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders. If you’d like to visit with your children, we warmly invite you to our unique family events, starting with our classic Holiday Handcraft Fair (Saturday, November 9, 10a-3p), when the school transforms to a magical wonderland of music, community and fun for all ages. For more information about upcoming events and to reserve your spot, click here:

To schedule a personal tour, please call BWS Admissions Director Robyn Coe at 413-528-4015 x. 106 or email admissions@berkshirewaldorfschool.org

2. Apply

We welcome your application for the 2020-21 school year. Applications for new students are due February 1, 2020. Berkshire Waldorf School also accepts admissions throughout the year, provided there is room available in the class. Click on the links below for admissions forms. We will ask you to provide various supplemental information, depending on your child’s age. BWS offers sliding scale tuition based on your adjusted gross income for Early Childhood and Grades students, as well as additional need-based tuition support for Grades 1-8, once your child has been accepted. You’ll find current tuition rates at Annual Tuition Rates, and more information about sliding scale tuition and additional tuition support on our Tuition Support page.

Children are eligible for our mixed-age Early Childhood (pre-K and kindergarten) classes when they are 2 years, 5 months old by September 1 and toileting independently. If there are spaces available, students may be eligible to apply for January admission if they are at least three years old and toileting independently.

Children are eligible to apply for First Grade in Fall 2020 if they will be 6 by June 1, 2020. A first grade screening and teacher’s reference are also part of the application.

Apply to Parent-Child Garden (4 mo – 3 yrs)

To register for Parent-Child classes for children younger than 2.5 years or who are not yet toileting independently, visit Parent-Child Garden

Apply to Early Childhood (ages 2.5-6):

  1. Complete Early Childhood application
  2. $50 application fee per student
  3. Provide Teacher’s Feedback Form for students with prior school experience, waived for students moving up from Berkshire Waldorf School Parent-Child Garden classes

Apply to Grades 1-8

  1. Complete application
  2. $50 application fee (per student)
  3. Copies of student’s previous reports or grades
  4. Teacher’s Reference for transfer students
  5. Signed Transcript Release form to release records from previous school(s)

For 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 admissions@berkshirewaldorf.com or 413-298-3800.

3. Introduce Us

For Early Childhood programs, once we’ve received your child’s complete application materials, we’ll be in touch to arrange a meeting with you and your child in an Early Childhood classroom.

First Grade

Once we receive your child’s application and teacher’s reference, the next step is to arrange your child’s first grade-readiness screening, a personal visit that includes stories, activities, and games. Your child will go on this visit with an experienced classroom teacher and another member of the first-grade readiness faculty. Afterward, the teachers will also meet with you. When enrollment for First Grade nears capacity, priority is given to current Berkshire Waldorf School early childhood students.

Grades 1-8

Once we receive and review all admissions materials, the class teacher and a subject teacher may arrange a meeting with you and your child. If the class teacher would like to move ahead with the application, s/he will invite your child to spend at least two consecutive days in the classroom. During the class visit, another teacher will also meet with your child. Based on this visit, if the class teacher would like to move forward with the application, s/he will arrange a meeting with you.

4. Enrollment considerations:

  1. Our school’s suitability for the child’s age, ability, and individual educational needs.
  2. Whether the applicant is compatible with the efficient education of children already placed in the school. We aim to maintain a healthy constellation of pupils in each class.
  3. Whether we have the resources to meet the student’s needs. Children who are not doing well in other schools often flourish at Berkshire Waldorf School, but there are learning and behavioral challenges that are beyond our scope. In some cases, children may be accepted on a trial basis. Additionally, a child joining a class in elementary or middle school may need individual tutoring support in specific subjects, such as foreign language learning or music, to participate comfortably with their class. Individual tutoring is the responsibility of the parents.
  4. Although we especially welcome pupils from other Waldorf schools, Berkshire Waldorf School admissions policies still apply.

5. Jump In!

After your child’s interview or visit, we’ll send a letter notifying you of your application status. If your child is accepted, you will also receive an email link to complete online enrollment forms, including:

  1. Tuition agreement
  2. School health forms and immunization record
  3. Student permission forms
  4. The tuition agreement in TADS.com will let you select payment options for the year. You can opt to pay the enrollment deposit right in TADS or pay by check. This non-refundable deposit secures your child’s place at Berkshire Waldorf School and is applied to the cost of tuition for the year. Once your child is accepted, if you would like to apply for adjusted tuition based on your income, please see instructions on our tuition support page.

“Berkshire Waldorf School is a treasure, truly a game-changer for children and families.”

 – Holly Henderson-Fisher

Need more info?

Please contact BWS Admissions Director Robyn Coe at (413)528-4015 ext. 106 or admissions@gbrss.org.