Welcome to School!

Coming together as a BWS community for the first day of school!

We are thrilled to welcome students and families to the 2023-24 school year.

A little recent history: on the occasion of Berkshire Waldorf School’s 50th anniversary in 2021, when we renewed our school governance model with a collaborative structure, the theme of Renewal was brought forward by many.

We asked ourselves the question, “When have we officially arrived at this place of Renewal?” The answer: it’s a continual process, both for human beings and for our planet.

“Each year, we renew our commitment to our school, the children we teach, our community, and the greater world around us. Honoring renewal asks each of us to dedicate ourselves to this place of great change and newness, extending gestures of kindness and compassion to each other and to ourselves. As we embark on a new school year this September (our 52nd!) with new friends and families joining our community, we are eager to continue the important journey of Renewal with each and every one of you. We can’t do this without you–thank you for being here.” 

— Renee Far, Christianna Riley and Kendra Smallwood, BWS Leadership Team

First Days of School

Watch this space for the latest news!

Save the Dates! School Orientations

Early Childhood Welcome to School Orientation on WED, September 6, from 5:30-7:00p. Toddler, Nursery and Kindergarten parents/caregivers only. Book your sitter now!


JOIN our All-School Family Orientation after drop off (8:30-9:30a) on WED, September 20. One member of each family (Grades and Early Childhood, new and returning) is expected to attend. This helps school run smoothly for the whole year!

Maps for the Year

Updates to the school calendar are “live” in your EDUCATE Parent Portal and on our website.

You’ll also find the Academic Calendar (one page with key dates) right HERE.

For an overview of the whole school year and the rhythm of what happens when, read HERE.

Last year’s Back to School Orientation Notes HERE.

You can find out everything else you need to know about being a Berkshire Waldorf Family in the BWS Family Handbook HERE.

At the Rose Ceremony on the first day of school, Eighth Graders welcome First Graders.

School Communication 

For questions about your child/ren’s class or curriculum, please contact your Class Teacher first.

Other first points of contact include:

We recently celebrated Berkshire Waldorf School’s 50th anniversary in 2021, and we look forward to partnering with you during this year of Renewal, strengthening and growing our school to educate compassionate and creative citizens for the next 50 years!  

Any questions? Please contact Community Lead Renee Far at rfar@berkshirewaldorfschool.org.