EDUCATION TOWARDS FREEDOM

Receive the children with reverence. Educate them with love. Send them forth in freedom.

Receive the children with reverence. Educate them with love. Send them forth in freedom.

~ Rudolf Steiner

What is Waldorf education?
What is Waldorf education?

High School

Our high school provides a rigorous curriculum grounded in the classics and engaged in the modern world. Our students are active learners and flexible thinkers with the confidence and creativity to face the challenges of our world.

High School

Grade School

Setting the stage for a love of learning, our grade school offers much more than the memorization of formulas and facts. In addition to the three “R’s,” students’ imaginations are engaged through music, art, drama, movement, and crafts.

Lower Grades
Middle Grades

Early Childhood

Our early childhood programs are devoted to preserving the joy, wonder and imagination of the young child from birth through to grade school readiness. Children play, learn, and grow in nurturing and inspiring spaces both indoors and out.

Early Childhood

The Vancouver Waldorf School provides an experiential, age-appropriate approach to education.

We support the development of the whole child with a curriculum that integrates academics, movement and the arts.

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The Vancouver Waldorf School provides an experiential, age-appropriate approach to education.

We support the development of the whole child with a curriculum that integrates academics, movement and the arts.

Watch our new Video

Land & Place

The Vancouver Waldorf School respectfully acknowledges that our campuses are situated on the unceded ancestral territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Nestled in the communities of Lynn Valley and Edgemont Village on the North Shore, our campuses boast easy access to beaches, forests and mountains, and serve families from across Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Accepting Applications for 2021-2022 and Inquiries for the 2022-2023 School Year.

Accepting Applications for 2021-2022 and Inquiries for the 2022-2023 School Year.

Connect with our Admissions Coordinator Carman Ho and schedule a personal tour to get a glimpse of work and play at VWS and discuss placement for your child.

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The VWS Culture

Vibrant and Thriving

Our school community connects students to nature, fosters supportive, enduring relationships between staff and families, and ignites and celebrates a passion for lifelong learning.

Celebrations

The festival life is woven into the fabric of a Waldorf school. Families enjoy building community through the school-wide festivals, programs and cultural activities enjoyed throughout the year.

Ethos of Generosity

Whether it’s financial or gifts of time, at the heart of our community is generosity that helps the school flourish and continue to grow into something we can all be proud to be part of.

July 2022

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Friday July 1
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Canada Day
    Canada Day
    9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Stat Holiday – School Closure

Saturday July 2
Sunday July 3
Monday July 4
Tuesday July 5
Wednesday July 6
Thursday July 7
Friday July 8
Saturday July 9
Sunday July 10
Monday July 11
Tuesday July 12
Wednesday July 13
Thursday July 14
Friday July 15
Saturday July 16
Sunday July 17
Monday July 18
Tuesday July 19
Wednesday July 20
Thursday July 21
Friday July 22
Saturday July 23
Sunday July 24
Monday July 25
Tuesday July 26
Wednesday July 27
Thursday July 28
Friday July 29
Saturday July 30
Sunday July 31

No additional events this month.

August 2022

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Monday August 1
  • All Day BC Civic Holiday
    BC Civic Holiday

    Stat Holiday – School Closure

Tuesday August 2
Wednesday August 3
Thursday August 4
Friday August 5
Saturday August 6
Sunday August 7
Monday August 8
Tuesday August 9
Wednesday August 10
Thursday August 11
Friday August 12
Saturday August 13
Sunday August 14
Monday August 15
Tuesday August 16
Wednesday August 17
Thursday August 18
Friday August 19
Saturday August 20
Sunday August 21
Monday August 22
Tuesday August 23
Wednesday August 24
Thursday August 25
Friday August 26
Saturday August 27
Sunday August 28
Monday August 29
Tuesday August 30
Wednesday August 31

September 2022

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Thursday September 1
Friday September 2
Saturday September 3
Sunday September 4
Monday September 5
  • All Day No School - Labour Day
    No School - Labour Day

    No School

Tuesday September 6
  • All Day Fall Term Begins
    Fall Term Begins

    Partial day for grade school students, full day for high school students

  • Grade 1 Rose Ceremony
    Grade 1 Rose Ceremony

    A ceremony for students entering grade 1. Grade 1 families are invited to attend.

  • 9:30 am – 11:00 am Opening Assembly
    Opening Assembly
    9:30 am – 11:00 am

    This opening assembly is for all students, grades 2-12 at Highlands United Church in Edgemont Village. Bus service is available to those who commute by school bus from Greater Vancouver. Students in the grade school will be dismissed at 11 am. High school students will continue with photos and orientation until 3:15.

Wednesday September 7
  • All Day ECC Sessions Begin
Thursday September 8
Friday September 9
Saturday September 10
Sunday September 11
Monday September 12
  • 12:00 am HS Wilderness Trip
    HS Wilderness Trip
    12:00 am

    High School 5-day wilderness trip

Tuesday September 13
  • All Day HS Wilderness Trip
    HS Wilderness Trip

    High School 5-day wilderness trip

Wednesday September 14
  • All Day HS Wilderness Trip
    HS Wilderness Trip

    High School 5-day wilderness trip

Thursday September 15
  • All Day HS Wilderness Trip
    HS Wilderness Trip

    High School 5-day wilderness trip

Friday September 16
  • HS Wilderness Trip Ends 12:30 am
    HS Wilderness Trip

    High School 5-day wilderness trip

Saturday September 17
Sunday September 18
Monday September 19
Tuesday September 20
Wednesday September 21
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Community Forum
Thursday September 22
Friday September 23
Saturday September 24
Sunday September 25
Monday September 26
Tuesday September 27
Wednesday September 28
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Class Rep Meeting
Thursday September 29
  • All Day Michaelmas
Friday September 30
  • All Day No School - Truth and Reconciliation Day, Orange Shirt Day
    No School - Truth and Reconciliation Day, Orange Shirt Day

    Our participation in the annual Orange Shirt Day is intended to show our support to the survivors of Indian Residential Schools System (IRSS), Indian Day School survivors, current Indigenous children in care, and many Indigenous families who continue to experience the inter-generational impacts from the IRSS. By taking part in Orange Shirt Day the VWS is actively showing respect for and support of Indigeneity, Indigenous families at the VWS, and the ongoing work of reconciliation through our engagement in meaningful conversations to promote reconciliation. Please read about Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters and Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s story here http://www.orangeshirtday.org

October 2022

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Saturday October 1
Sunday October 2
Monday October 3
Tuesday October 4
Wednesday October 5
Thursday October 6
Friday October 7
Saturday October 8
Sunday October 9
Monday October 10
  • All Day VWSS AGM
  • No School - Thanksgiving
    No School - Thanksgiving

    No School

Tuesday October 11
Wednesday October 12
Thursday October 13
Friday October 14
Saturday October 15
Sunday October 16
Monday October 17
Tuesday October 18
Wednesday October 19
Thursday October 20
  • All Day ShakeOut BC
    ShakeOut BC

    International ShakeOut Day is always the third Thursday of October. While COVID-19 has brought many uncertainties and challenges, one thing’s for sure: ShakeOut is still happening this year!

Friday October 21
Saturday October 22
Sunday October 23
Monday October 24
Tuesday October 25
Wednesday October 26
Thursday October 27
Friday October 28
Saturday October 29
Sunday October 30
Monday October 31

November 2022

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Tuesday November 1
Wednesday November 2
Thursday November 3
Friday November 4
Saturday November 5
Sunday November 6
Monday November 7
  • 12:00 am November Break
    November Break
    12:00 am

    No Classes

  • 12:00 am Parent-Teacher Conferences
    Parent-Teacher Conferences
    12:00 am

    Schedule parent-teacher conferences with your child’s teachers and advisors. Subject teacher conferences are also available.

Tuesday November 8
  • All Day November Break
    November Break

    No Classes

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Schedule parent-teacher conferences with your child’s teachers and advisors. Subject teacher conferences are also available.

Wednesday November 9
  • All Day November Break
    November Break

    No Classes

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences Ends 11:59 pm
    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Schedule parent-teacher conferences with your child’s teachers and advisors. Subject teacher conferences are also available.

Thursday November 10
  • November Break Ends 11:59 pm
    November Break

    No Classes

Friday November 11
  • All Day No School - Remembrance Day
    No School - Remembrance Day

    No School

Saturday November 12
Sunday November 13
Monday November 14
Tuesday November 15
Wednesday November 16
Thursday November 17
Friday November 18
Saturday November 19
Sunday November 20
Monday November 21
Tuesday November 22
Wednesday November 23
Thursday November 24
Friday November 25
Saturday November 26
Sunday November 27
Monday November 28
Tuesday November 29
Wednesday November 30

December 2022

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Thursday December 1
Friday December 2
Saturday December 3
Sunday December 4
Monday December 5
Tuesday December 6
  • All Day St Nicholas Day
Wednesday December 7
Thursday December 8
Friday December 9
Saturday December 10
Sunday December 11
Monday December 12
Tuesday December 13
  • All Day Santa Lucia Day
Wednesday December 14
Thursday December 15
Friday December 16
  • All Day End of Fall Term
    End of Fall Term

    Partial Day

  • 12:20 pm – 1:00 pm Early Dismissal
    Early Dismissal
    12:20 pm – 1:00 pm

    End of Term Early Dismissal, 12:20 (GS), 12:30 (HS), No Aftercare or After School Program

Saturday December 17
Sunday December 18
Monday December 19
  • 12:00 am Winter Break
    Winter Break
    12:00 am

    No School

Tuesday December 20
  • All Day Winter Break
    Winter Break

    No School

Wednesday December 21
  • All Day Winter Break
    Winter Break

    No School

Thursday December 22
  • All Day Winter Break
    Winter Break

    No School

Friday December 23
  • All Day Winter Break
    Winter Break

    No School

Saturday December 24
  • All Day Winter Break
    Winter Break

    No School

Sunday December 25
  • All Day Winter Break
    Winter Break

    No School

Monday December 26
  • All Day Winter Break
    Winter Break

    No School

Tuesday December 27
  • All Day Winter Break
    Winter Break

    No School

Wednesday December 28
  • All Day Winter Break
    Winter Break

    No School

Thursday December 29
  • All Day Winter Break
    Winter Break

    No School

Friday December 30
  • Winter Break Ends 11:59 pm
    Winter Break

    No School

Saturday December 31

January 2023

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Sunday January 1
Monday January 2
  • All Day No School - New Year's Day
    No School - New Year's Day

    New Year’s Day Observed

Tuesday January 3
  • All Day Winter Term Begins
    Winter Term Begins

    Full day of classes

Wednesday January 4
Thursday January 5
Friday January 6
Saturday January 7
Sunday January 8
Monday January 9
Tuesday January 10
Wednesday January 11
Thursday January 12
Friday January 13
Saturday January 14
Sunday January 15
Monday January 16
  • 12:00 am Grade 8 Immersion Week
Tuesday January 17
  • All Day Grade 8 Immersion Week
Wednesday January 18
  • All Day Grade 8 Immersion Week
Thursday January 19
  • All Day Grade 8 Immersion Week
Friday January 20
  • 12:00 am Gr 10 Play
    Gr 10 Play
    12:00 am

    Friday or Saturday – TBC

  • Grade 8 Immersion Week Ends 12:30 am
Saturday January 21
  • Gr 10 Play Ends 11:30 pm
    Gr 10 Play

    Friday or Saturday – TBC

Sunday January 22
Monday January 23
Tuesday January 24
Wednesday January 25
Thursday January 26
Friday January 27
Saturday January 28
Sunday January 29
Monday January 30
Tuesday January 31

February 2023

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Wednesday February 1
Thursday February 2
Friday February 3
Saturday February 4
Sunday February 5
Monday February 6
Tuesday February 7
Wednesday February 8
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Class Rep Meeting
Thursday February 9
Friday February 10
Saturday February 11
Sunday February 12
Monday February 13
Tuesday February 14
Wednesday February 15
  • 12:00 am Preschool Parent-Teacher Conferences
    Preschool Parent-Teacher Conferences
    12:00 am

    No Preschool classes. Parent-Teacher conferences for preschool families.

Thursday February 16
  • Preschool Parent-Teacher Conferences Ends 11:59 pm
    Preschool Parent-Teacher Conferences

    No Preschool classes. Parent-Teacher conferences for preschool families.

Friday February 17
Saturday February 18
Sunday February 19
Monday February 20
  • All Day No School - Family Day
    No School - Family Day

    No School

Tuesday February 21
  • 12:00 am High School Work Experience
  • 12:00 am February Break
    February Break
    12:00 am

    No classes scheduled ECC, GS & HS

Wednesday February 22
  • All Day High School Work Experience
  • February Break
    February Break

    No classes scheduled ECC, GS & HS

Thursday February 23
  • All Day High School Work Experience
  • February Break
    February Break

    No classes scheduled ECC, GS & HS

Friday February 24
  • High School Work Experience Ends 11:59 pm
  • February Break Ends 11:59 pm
    February Break

    No classes scheduled ECC, GS & HS

Saturday February 25
Sunday February 26
Monday February 27
Tuesday February 28

March 2023

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Wednesday March 1
Thursday March 2
Friday March 3
Saturday March 4
Sunday March 5
Monday March 6
Tuesday March 7
Wednesday March 8
Thursday March 9
Friday March 10
Saturday March 11
Sunday March 12
Monday March 13
Tuesday March 14
Wednesday March 15
Thursday March 16
Friday March 17
  • All Day End of Winter Term
    End of Winter Term

    Partial Day

  • 12:20 pm – 1:00 pm Early Dismissal
    Early Dismissal
    12:20 pm – 1:00 pm

    End of Term Early Dismissal, 12:20 (GS), 12:30 (HS), No Aftercare or After School Program

Saturday March 18
Sunday March 19
Monday March 20
  • All Day Nowruz
  • 12:00 am Spring Break
    Spring Break
    12:00 am

    No School

Tuesday March 21
  • All Day Spring Break
    Spring Break

    No School

  • Naw-Rúz
Wednesday March 22
  • All Day Spring Break
    Spring Break

    No School

  • Ramadan Begins
    Ramadan Begins

    March 22-April 20

Thursday March 23
  • All Day Spring Break
    Spring Break

    No School

Friday March 24
  • All Day Spring Break
    Spring Break

    No School

Saturday March 25
  • All Day Spring Break
    Spring Break

    No School

Sunday March 26
  • All Day Spring Break
    Spring Break

    No School

Monday March 27
  • All Day Spring Break
    Spring Break

    No School

Tuesday March 28
  • All Day Spring Break
    Spring Break

    No School

Wednesday March 29
  • All Day Spring Break
    Spring Break

    No School

Thursday March 30
  • All Day Spring Break
    Spring Break

    No School

Friday March 31
  • Spring Break Ends 11:30 pm
    Spring Break

    No School

April 2023

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Saturday April 1
Sunday April 2
Monday April 3
  • All Day Spring Term Begins
    Spring Term Begins

    Full day of classes

Tuesday April 4
Wednesday April 5
Thursday April 6
Friday April 7
  • 8:00 am No School - Easter Long Weekend
    No School - Easter Long Weekend
    8:00 am

    No School

Saturday April 8
  • All Day No School - Easter Long Weekend
    No School - Easter Long Weekend

    No School

Sunday April 9
  • All Day No School - Easter Long Weekend
    No School - Easter Long Weekend

    No School

Monday April 10
  • No School - Easter Long Weekend Ends 11:30 pm
    No School - Easter Long Weekend

    No School

Tuesday April 11
Wednesday April 12
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Class Rep Meeting
Thursday April 13
Friday April 14
Saturday April 15
Sunday April 16
Monday April 17
Tuesday April 18
Wednesday April 19
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Community Forum
Thursday April 20
Friday April 21
Saturday April 22
Sunday April 23
Monday April 24
Tuesday April 25
Wednesday April 26
Thursday April 27
Friday April 28
Saturday April 29
Sunday April 30

May 2023

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Monday May 1
Tuesday May 2
Wednesday May 3
Thursday May 4
Friday May 5
Saturday May 6
Sunday May 7
Monday May 8
Tuesday May 9
Wednesday May 10
Thursday May 11
Friday May 12
Saturday May 13
Sunday May 14
Monday May 15
Tuesday May 16
Wednesday May 17
Thursday May 18
Friday May 19
Saturday May 20
Sunday May 21
Monday May 22
  • All Day No School - Victoria Day
    No School - Victoria Day

    No School

Tuesday May 23
Wednesday May 24
  • 12:00 am Grade 5 Greek Games
Thursday May 25
  • All Day Grade 5 Greek Games
Friday May 26
  • Grade 5 Greek Games Ends 11:30 pm
Saturday May 27
Sunday May 28
Monday May 29
Tuesday May 30
Wednesday May 31

June 2023

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Thursday June 1
Friday June 2
Saturday June 3
Sunday June 4
Monday June 5
  • 12:00 am Outdoor Week
Tuesday June 6
  • All Day Outdoor Week
Wednesday June 7
  • All Day Outdoor Week
Thursday June 8
  • All Day Outdoor Week
Friday June 9
  • Outdoor Week Ends 12:30 am
Saturday June 10
Sunday June 11
Monday June 12
Tuesday June 13
  • 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Grade 12 Rose Ceremony
    Grade 12 Rose Ceremony
    1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

    GS students to be bused to Highlands.
    Gr 1-5 dismissed at GS, gr 6-8 at Highlands

Wednesday June 14
  • All Day End of ECC Programs
    End of ECC Programs

    End of ECC Programs; No Aftercare

Thursday June 15
  • All Day End of Spring Term
    End of Spring Term

    Partial Day

  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Closing Assembly
    Closing Assembly
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    All school assembly at the Lynn Valley campus. Farewells and thank yous.

  • 12:20 pm – 1:00 pm Early Dismissal
    Early Dismissal
    12:20 pm – 1:00 pm

    End of Term Early Dismissal, 12:20 (GS), 12:30 (HS), No Aftercare or After School Program

Friday June 16
  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Graduation
Saturday June 17
Sunday June 18
Monday June 19
Tuesday June 20
Wednesday June 21
Thursday June 22
Friday June 23
Saturday June 24
Sunday June 25
Monday June 26
Tuesday June 27
Wednesday June 28
Thursday June 29
Friday June 30

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