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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you an accredited school?

Yes. The Cincinnati Waldorf School is a full member school of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. We are also accredited through the state of Ohio.

What are the qualifications of your faculty?

All of our lead teachers have at least a Bachelor’s Degree and additional Waldorf teacher training. The majority of our teachers hold post-graduate degrees, including M.Ed, JD, and Ph.D. Our fourteen lead teachers have worked at CWS for an average of 8.6 years. Our special subject teachers (Spanish, Eurythmy, Handwork, Choral Music, Practical Arts, Games, Art, and Strings) have worked at CWS for an average of 6.3 years.

What is your current enrollment?

We have over 200 students enrolled in CWS from preschool through 8th grade.

How diverse is your school?

CWS is a diverse community. Our student body includes children of many different religious and socio-economic backgrounds with 25% minority enrollment. Diversity of many kinds is valued here.

How long has CWS been in existence?

The Cincinnati Waldorf School was founded in 1973. It began as an early childhood school and has eventually grown to a full grade school.

Are there plans for a high school?

While we do not anticipate this in the near future, a Waldorf High School Feasibility Study is underway as part of our school’s long-range plan.

Where do students go when they graduate from CWS?

Everywhere. Our students go on to many public, private, and parochial schools including: School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Seven Hills, Walnut Hills, Clark Montessori, Sycamore, Anderson, Mason, Lakota, Cincinnati Country Day, St. Xavier, Highlands, and many others.

How do CWS students transition to other schools?

Our students transition very well. Parents of our graduates assure us that they are well prepared academically for other schools. Early research indicates that 88% of our graduates earn a 3.5 or better GPA on their first report card in their new schools. 50% earn a 3.9 or better GPA. Our graduates are also very involved in their new schools. They participate in band and orchestra, sports, theatre and dance. Teachers from these other schools tell us that the students with Waldorf backgrounds are creative, motivated and interested learners.

“Students who graduate from Waldorf enter Walnut Hills High School with a strong work ethic.  They excel when tackling our rigorous curriculum.  Waldorf students are also extremely well-rounded and welcome additions to Walnut’s strong music, art and drama programs. The education provided by Waldorf creates a curious student who loves to learn.”    ~Patty Morgan, Walnut Hills High School Guidance Counselor

How can I find out more about your school?

Please join us for the following upcoming events:

Introductory Tours/Observation Mornings:
On the third Tuesday of each month during the school year from 9:00am – 10:30am, adults are welcome to join us for a guided tour of CWS, observation in several Waldorf classrooms, followed by a Q&A session with the enrollment director. (Tours offered by appointment during the summer months. Contact Karen Crick via email.)

Open Houses:
During the school year, we offer several Open Houses. All are on Saturdays from 10am – 1pm. Open Houses are for the whole family and include open classrooms, guided tours, conversations with faculty and parents, refreshments, and much more! Scheduled Open Houses for the 2014-15 school year are:

November 8, 2014
February 7. 2015

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