Washington Waldorf School

4800 Sangamore Rd., Bethesda, MD 20816
llawson@washingtonwaldorf.org | WashingtonWaldorf.org | 301-229-6107

Overview of school type:

  • Schedule: Full or half day with early drop-off and late pickup options
  • Both co-op and non-co-op options
  • Curriculum: Waldorf or Steiner philosophy—a home-like, developmentally appropriate, play-based program
  • Secular: We value a spiritual life but are not a religious school
  • Language offerings: Spanish exposure in pre-K and kindergarten

Profile: In Washington Waldorf School (WWS) early childhood programming, children meet themselves in the realm of the imagination through stories, songs, puppetry, and play. They meet the world through tasks like baking, sewing, hammering, sweeping, cooking, sawing, and gardening. These activities nourish and protect a sense of awe and wonder while offering the children a way to rehearse for life as a productive adult.

An abundance of outdoor play and practical activity connects children to the rhythms of the year, strengthens their affinity with the natural world, and encourages a life-long love and respect for nature. The beautiful language of our puppet plays, songs, and stories told by heart begin the foundation for a love of language that is at the heart of true literacy.

Creative imaginative play, organized and directed by the children themselves, builds strong social skills and executive functioning, which is vital to future academic success. Active play supports the development of a healthy physical body and builds capacities and confidence through movement.

WWS offers an integrative curriculum and innovative instructional method that provides a unique, developmentally appropriate education, delivered by professional, experienced, and loving teachers in a warm and welcoming community.

Class offerings:

  • Parent-child classes:
    • Ages: 6-week-olds to 3-year-olds
    • Program: Weekly sessions for three class types
  • 2-year-olds:
    • Half day / part time: W/Th/F, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 3-year-olds:
    • Half day: M–F, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Full day: M–F, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Mixed-age, 4–6-year-olds:
    • Half day: M–F, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Full day: M–F, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Aftercare option: 3–6 p.m.

Openings for 2019–2020: Yes

Openings for 2020–2021: Yes

Due date for enrollment applications: Jan. 31, with late enrollment and waitlist options

Minimum enrollment age: 6 weeks old for parent-child classes; 2 years old by Sept. 1 for drop-off classes

Last updated: Oct. 25, 2019

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