Our Admissions Process

School’s out! That is, school’s on, and we’re outside! In the Berkshires, there is snow on the ground, and we’re fortunate to be an “all-weather school,” with the gear, preparedness and flexibility that requires. The state of Massachusetts has prioritized returning students to in-person learning on campus this fall, with many precautions to preserve health and safety, and our students are back to school in lovely outdoor classrooms. You’ll find more about our school reopening plans here.

Berkshire Waldorf School has limited spots available for the current school year; we will consider adding new students at natural breaks in the calendar. Applications for the 2021-22 school year are open now, and are due February 1, 2021. We invite you to explore Berkshire Waldorf School for your child or children, with all the vibrant learning that four seasons and wide open spaces can bring to childhood. Admissions Director Robyn Coe looks forward to introducing you to Waldorf Education in the Berkshires via phone, email, video or visit.

1. Meet

Experience 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, delightful and effective. As we approach our 50th anniversary in 2021, BWS was recently voted “Best School in the Berkshires” for the seventh consecutive year.

Join our Virtual Open Houses

We’re so excited to share a peek into the daily life of our vibrant education for toddlers through eighth grade, with more about the curriculum and programs at BWS, and the application process for prospective families at our Fall and Winter Open Houses.

Other ways to get to know BWS

I just want to say how much we’ve loved being part of the BWS community so far—we feel very lucky to have gotten a spot in the kindergarten, which our son absolutely loves. He’s excited about school every day, even with the cold weather.

  – Current Kindergarten Parent

2. Start Your Inquiry

School Application

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.

School Cost

You’ll find 2020-21 school year tuition rates for your child’s program on our Tuition Information page. Look for 2021-22 school year rates available soon.

School Community

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, 1-2 years and 2-3+ years. To register for Fall, Winter or Spring sessions, visit Parent-Child Garden

Early Childhood (18 mos-6 years)

Children are eligible to join our Early Childhood classes (nursery for children 18 months through 3+, 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.

First Grade

Your child is eligible for First Grade during the 2021-22 school year if they turn 6 by September 1, 2021. 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 admissions@berkshirewaldorf.com or 413-298-3800.

Want to learn more?

Please click the appropriate button above to create your account, tell us a little more about your child or children, and begin a conversation. Reach BWS Admissions Director Robyn Coe at admissions@berkshirewaldorfschool.org.