Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have guidelines on technology use?2021-11-23T16:09:44-08:00

We do. Waldorf education empowers the development of imagination and supports creative play, especially in the younger grades. Students do not use screens in either the early childhood centre or the grade school. High school students use technology as needed for their coursework during the school day; however, they are not permitted to use smartphones in class or during breaks. We ask that adults model personal connections by keeping mobile phones turned off and put away while visiting the school.

Many families choose Waldorf education because they want a low-tech environment for their children. We encourage families to discontinue exposure for young children and significantly limit exposure through the grades. This can be a difficult transition, but we support our families in making this transition and are here to help you create solutions that will work in your home.

Do you have a dress code?2021-11-23T15:12:50-08:00

Yes. At the Lynn Valley campus, clothing should support children in learning and playing safely and happily. Free movement, warmth, integrity and simplicity are the fundamental principles guiding our non-gender-specific daily dress code. During festivals and concerts, clothing should be tidy and less casual than everyday wear. The dress code is in our parent handbook.

Does VWS have a gymnasium?2021-08-20T14:32:55-07:00

Both our Lynn Valley and Edgemont campuses have a multi-use hall for games, dance, circus, and some PE classes. Students in the upper grades and high school travel by bus to use the Delbrook Community Centre on Queens for sports and PE classes that are not possible on campus.

Does VWS offer school bus service?2022-08-17T16:00:58-07:00

We operate a school bus that provides transportation for students in all grades to and from school with pick-up and drop-off locations across Greater Vancouver. The bus also serves as a morning shuttle between the Lynn Valley and Edgemont campuses for high school students. We do not currently offer bus service to residential neighbourhoods on the North Shore. For information regarding routing and cost, please contact our Admissions Coordinator (admissions@vws.ca).

Does VWS use wi-fi?2021-08-20T14:27:25-07:00

Yes. We have wi-fi in the administrative offices, the Red Door Store, and at the high school. The Hall at the grade school has the capacity for wi-fi, but it is disconnected when not in use during markets and fairs.

How do I apply to Vancouver Waldorf School?2021-08-20T13:43:04-07:00

Visit our Admissions Process page for step-by-step information!

How are admissions applications prioritized?2021-11-11T13:34:09-08:00

We offer a rolling admissions cycle. Complete applications will be given priority consideration by the Admissions Office. Priority will also be given to siblings of current students and children of faculty and staff.

Acceptance to Vancouver Waldorf School will be communicated by email. Students who have applied for classes that do not have space will be placed into our wait pool for that class and will be notified by email, if and when a space becomes available.

Do you offer financial assistance?2021-08-20T15:05:08-07:00

VWS has a very generous Tuition Adjustment Program (TAP) that is based on financial need. Please visit our Tuition & Tuition Assistance page for more information.

Is there a cut off age for each grade? What is it?2022-05-31T15:42:05-07:00

Our school follows the developmental philosophy of Waldorf education; therefore, children are grouped into grades according to age as of May 31 rather than the new year.

Class/GradeAge by May 31
Preschool3 (and toilet trained)
Kindergarten5* (by December 31)
Grade 16
Grade 27
Grade 38
Grade 49
Grade 510
Grade 611
Grade 712
Grade 813

How well do children from outside of Waldorf school transition?2021-08-20T15:23:12-07:00

The adjustment period may vary depending on the student’s temperament, how well they adjust to change, and their grade. Children in the lower grades tend to adapt quickly to the new learning environment and artistic activities. Transitions can take longer for older children and adolescents who may benefit from tutoring in French and private music lessons. Because Waldorf Education speaks directly to the student’s experience and development, they assimilate comparatively quickly when transitioning to a Waldorf school. Our faculty, friendly students, and warm community provide support to each new student.


What is the process for acceptance of students with learning needs and differences?2021-11-25T11:05:34-08:00

During the admissions process, we will meet with families to assess whether we are able to meet the needs of any child with special requirements. Applicants for admissions with a diagnosed learning disability and/or current IEP will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

What is your grading system?2022-06-15T14:54:54-07:00

Teachers assess student progress throughout the year through various approaches, with the specific assessment plan for each course formally communicated to the students once they are in the upper grades. Grading forms one portion of student assessment, and VWS grading aligns with the Ministry of Education and Child Care’s approach. Teachers report individual student progress throughout the year through written evaluations and parent-teacher conferences and report more generally on class progress and social dynamics in parent evenings. A full report of each student’s progress in all subject areas is provided in the year-end reports.

In what ways are parents involved at VWS?2021-08-20T13:38:09-07:00

Many! Parents are vitally important to the smooth functioning of VWS. Our hope is that each parent will find a place at VWS whether that is on the board of trustees, development committee, class reps, festivals, fundraising, class trips, support for the teachers, or organizing parent education evenings.

Opportunities abound for parents to contribute their unique skills and energy to the school community!

What is the VWS Immunization Policy?2021-08-20T14:19:20-07:00

At the Vancouver Waldorf School, our students’ health and safety are always a priority and concern. Visit the Health & Safety page to view our statement on immunization.

How does VWS serve students with learning needs and differences?2021-11-25T11:04:26-08:00

Students who have obstacles to learning that cannot be met within the regular context of the Vancouver Waldorf School program and curriculum may receive support consisting of Extra Lesson Assessment, Extra Lesson Sessions, Therapeutic Eurythmy Sessions, Academic Assessment, Academic Tutoring (which may include Orton Gillingham Tutoring) and/or English Language Learning Sessions.

Do you offer child care outside of school hours?2021-11-11T13:44:55-08:00

We offer After School programs for enrolled students K-6.



Accepting applications for 2022-2023 school year

We have a rolling admissions policy and accept students throughout the year when space is available. Join an information session or meet individually with our Admissions Coordinator (admissions@vws.ca) to learn more about the Vancouver Waldorf School.
Visit our Admissions Process page to learn more.

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