Steps Toward Admissions at AWS
We offer school tours every week while school is in session on Thursdays at 9 am. This school tour is required as the first step in the admissions process, and lasts for about an hour. Please call 205-592-0541 or email Marketing to reserve a tour, as there is limited space available. For more information, please fill out our Request More Information Form, below.
Alabama Waldorf School accepts students throughout the school year.
Open enrollment for the 23-24 school year begins January 27, 2023.
If you apply by July 7, 2023 and are accepted, your child may start school on the first day of school, August 16, 2023. If you apply and are accepted after the July 9 deadline, the earliest possible start date is September 7, 2023. We have a rolling admissions policy for the remainder of the year.
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Tour our school
This informational session is designed to introduce you to Waldorf Education and AWS. You will hear about the trajectory of the curriculum from preschool through Grade 8 and have the opportunity to visit classrooms in session. Tours are offered every Tuesday at 9 am. Please call the Office at 205-592-0541 to reserve your spot, or email Admissions Director Kristin Nunnelley. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed on the tour, and we do not provide childcare for tours.
Fill out application
Once you have toured the school, our Admissions Director will send you a link to complete an Application for Admission online. A $117 non-refundable, one-time fee is required. Working parents/guardians of students enrolling in a core program (not including Extended Care) may apply for Financial Aid (left sidebar) by submitting the required supporting documentation and a $39 non-refundable fee. See Application Deadlines 2022-23 (left sidebar).
The child visits the prospective classroom to see what a Waldorf school day is like. The child and teacher have the opportunity to ensure the class is a good fit. If it is not a fit, the Admissions Director or observing teacher will let the parent/guardian know. If the class is a good fit for the child, the Admissions Director will contact the parent to set up a parent/teacher interview.
The teacher and parent will meet to discuss classroom expectations and school policies, particularly our limited exposure to media and screen time at home; policies on healthy foods; and our dress policy. Any questions or concerns may be addressed at this time to ensure the school is indeed a good fit for the prospective family. In the case of a full class, your name will be placed on a waiting list, and we will notify you as soon as space in the program becomes available.
Alabama Waldorf School offers confidential financial aid in order to help families afford a Waldorf Education when they would not otherwise be able to. Approximately half of Alabama Waldorf School families apply by way of the online application.
Prospective families must first apply to an AWS program before applying for financial aid. Financial aid is only available to parents of 5-day core-program students.
For questions about financial aid, contact Finance Manager Terri Reece.
1. Enrollment Forms. If your child is accepted, you will be asked to complete online registration and payment of a non-refundable Registration Fee of $170.
2. Financial Agreement. Once you have submitted the appropriate forms online, you will receive an agreement from our Finance Manager that you will sign online. This tuition agreement provides payment options, such as how you will pay, when you will pay, and is a binding contract. Students may not begin classes until the entire financial aid process is complete and the final tuition amount is determined.
Please note: for prospective students entering the Grades Program, the Parent Interview will be held prior to the Classroom Observation.
Alabama Waldorf School promotes equal opportunity and respect for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe all students have the right to be treated equally and fairly with dignity and respect as unique individuals, free from discrimination, harassment and bullying. We strive to safeguard the well-being of of students, parents, guardians, faculty, and staff who identify as LGBTQ, gender non-binary, and gender non-conforming.