Admissions Criteria


Acceptance to The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara is based on the school’s ability to meet the child’s needs, the child’s ability to function in the class, and the family’s willingness to support Waldorf education by providing an appropriate, healthy, and nurturing home.

WSSB does not administer standardized tests for admission. We rely on previous school records, any testing and evaluations that already have been done, a face-to-face meeting, and grade-level readiness assessments.

Suitable applicants for preschool and kindergarten are children whose developmental, social, and learning potential is such that they may be able to function harmoniously within groups of twenty or fewer and whose parents are willing to work with the teachers to support the well-being of the individual child, while also keeping in mind the needs of all the children within the group.

Appropriate applicants for grades 1-8 are—generally—students capable of functioning successfully in a class with one teacher without requiring exceptional attention for behavioral issues, work habits, or academic limitations. If a student requiring such attention can be accommodated in a class, and resource services are required, the parents may be asked to fund the services as a condition of admission.

It is tacitly understood that re-enrollment for the child each subsequent year honors the above criteria. Should it become evident that the criteria are no longer being met, the school will counsel the family to seek a more appropriate placement for the child.