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With the support of friends, families, and foundations, we have grown from a single early childhood class to a thriving multi-campus school over 48 years. Students in our school receive more than an education rooted in creativity, nature, and social responsibility —their entire families gain a community of nurturing human beings.

Join us in fostering a new generation who will make our world a better place.

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Be in touch to explore giving options that work best for you by contacting Beth McDaniel, Development Director and Cincinnati Waldorf parent, at or 513.541.0220 ext. 202.


  • What are your COVID-19 precautions?
    CWS currently follows guidelines approved by the CDC and the Hamilton County Health Department. Our school re-opening plan was submitted to and approved by the Health Department in July of 2020. Our students and faculty wear masks at all times, unless outside more than 6 feet away from others, our indoor desks are distanced, our rooms are well-ventilated, and most eating takes place outdoors. During temperate months of the year, a large portion of our classroom time is outside. Our class "pods" remain separate from each other, ensuring that there is no potential virus spread among different classes.
  • Are you an accredited school?
    Yes! The Cincinnati Waldorf School is a full member school of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). We are also accredited through the state of Ohio.
  • 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 is valued here.
  • 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 and all are licensed teachers in the state of Ohio.
  • When did CWS open and how many students are enrolled?
    The Cincinnati Waldorf School was founded in 1973. It began as an early childhood program and grew gradually to a full grade school (preschool-8) by 2006. Our high school opened in 2018. We currently have over 250 students enrolled in CWS from preschool through 12th grade!
  • Where do students go when they graduate from CWS?
    The short answer is everywhere! Our students currently go on to many public, private, and parochial high schools including: Cincinnati Waldorf High School, School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Walnut Hills, Clark Montessori, Sycamore, Anderson, Mason, St. Xavier, Highlands, and many others. Soon we'll be able to answer questions about where our Cincinnati Waldorf High School students go for college! Check out the AWSNA Waldorf Alumni Survey.

The Cincinnati Waldorf School is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donations made to the Cincinnati Waldorf School are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Cincinnati Waldorf School’s EIN is:  31-0846773.

For more information about contributions the Cincinnati Waldorf School may accept, please refer to the Gift Acceptance Policy here

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