“There are no words to convey the degree to which the Waldorf School of Garden City shaped me into the person I am today. The experiences and education that were provided to us as students were excellent, but the community itself stands out to me more than anything.” —Alumna

Admissions Process

The Waldorf School of Garden City seeks best-fit candidates for admission to our School. We find that students who are curious about learning, internally motivated, and self-directed are most successful in our School environment. Admission is based on a review of many factors, including strong prior academic performance, positive teacher reports, a successful interview at our School, and the student’s ability to give something back to our School community. All admissions decisions are made by a committee of Waldorf administrators and faculty members who look for best-fit candidates.

Step One

Complete our online application and pay the $75 application fee.

Step Two

Send the Teacher Report form to the child’s current teacher or counselor. She/he should mail the completed form to the Admissions Department.

Send the signed Academic Records Release Form to the student’s present school or preschool if applicable. The school should return photocopies of the student’s complete records, including transcripts, grades and any standardized test and achievement results, special assessments and other relevant evaluation(s).

Step Three: Interview

Once all required materials are received, we will call to schedule an interview. The interviews are structured in the following way:

  • Applicants for the middle school will meet for one hour with the Admissions Director, Principal, and faculty members. Parents are welcome to attend.
  • Decisions are made and communicated shortly after the interview. In some cases, students will be invited to come and spend a day or two with the class they are applying to before an admissions decision is made.
  • International applicants who reside outside of the area will be invited to a Skype interview with the Admissions Director, Principal, an ESL teacher, and other faculty.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When do we begin the admission process?
The admission process for applicants begins the year prior to entry. While we encourage families to look ahead at the Waldorf School of Garden City, we do not accept applications until September 1st of the year before a student will enroll.
When do we submit the application?
We do not have a specific deadline for applications, but we strongly encourage families to submit their application and application fee by our priority deadline of February 1, 2018. However, we continue to accept applications beyond that date. Applicants who have submitted their application by the deadline will be in the priority applicant pool, and we will evaluate all later applicants on an individual basis.
Do you have a birthday cutoff for entry?
We do work with a September cut-off. However, we evaluate each child individually to determine the best placement for the child, depending on his/her unique social, emotional, and academic needs.
When will parents be notified of admission decisions?
Letters detailing the admission decision are sent within a week after scheduled interviews.
What factors are taken into consideration for admission?
Decisions are made after thoughtful deliberation taking into account the individual candidate’s ability to be successful at the Waldorf School of Garden City. The Admission Committee looks at the applicant in the context of students currently attending and the other candidates who would like to join the same grade. Many factors are taken into consideration, including academic ability, maturity, curiosity, and extracurricular interests. We use teacher evaluations, school records , and an admission interview as tools of assessment.
What is tuition?
The Middle School (Grades 6-7) tuition is $24,150 and (Grade 8) is $26,650 for the 2017-2018 academic year. The tuition for the 2018-2019 year is set after the December 2017 meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Is tuition assistance available?
Yes, we offer need-based assistance. To learn more, visit our Tuition and Aid page.
Do you have a before-care and after-care program?
Middle school students may attend the before-care program from 7:30 to 8:10 a.m. and/or the after-care program at dismissal until 6:00 p.m. for an additional fee. Students are given quality supervision, nutritious snacks, a quiet area for reading and homework, and another area for board games, storytelling, arts and crafts, and indoor/outdoor play. Charges are billed monthly by the Business Office. After-school enrichment courses are also offered several times a year, as are junior varsity sports for students in Grades 7 and 8.
Is lunch included in your tuition?
No, it is not. For our middle school students, we do offer a hot lunch program that is cooked from scratch onsite using organic ingredients. A vegetarian option as well as soup and salad bar are available daily. In addition, students are welcome to bring their own lunch. Many of the vegetables we serve were grown by our students in our gardens. Read this Newsday article to learn more about it!

Does Waldorf provide transportation?
Parents and guardians of students who reside in Nassau or Suffolk County within a 15-mile radius of the School can arrange for bus transportation to/from the Waldorf School by submitting a “Request for Transportation to a Non-Public School” form to the school district in which the student(s) reside. These forms can be obtained only from your local school district and must be completed and returned to them by April 1st of the preceding school year. Failure to submit your request by this deadline will result in your student not qualifying for transportation. The only exception is when a student has moved after the application deadline, in which case the request must be filed within 30 days of moving to the new district.

New York City residents are eligible for reduced fares on the LIRR and Metro cards.

For further information, visit Transportation.

Where do Waldorf families live?
Our families come from over 63 different Zip codes around Nassau and Suffolk Counties as well as the five boroughs of New York City.
What foreign languages does Waldorf offer?
Students take two foreign languages in the middle school—French and German. Spanish and Mandarin Chinese are additional options offered in the high school.
Do you offer merit scholarships?
No, we offer only need-based scholarships and financial aid. Please read more in our Tuition and Aid section.

For more questions, please contact Dr. Chris Bleecker, Director of Admissions, at bleeckerc@waldorfgarden.org or 516-742-3434 ext. 302