Please note: Our early childhood programs for children ages 3-6 – our Marigold and Sunflower classes – are completely full at this time. However, families may still apply and complete the admissions process to be accepted to our Waiting Pool (click for details and benefits).
In the Charlottesville Waldorf School kindergarten, extended periods for free-play with open ended materials provide space for the development of creativity.
In the kindergarten, the children joyfully engage in practical work such as kneading bread, chopping vegetables, and cleaning up after mealtimes. They participate in artistic activities, including drawing and painting, and seasonal projects such as gardening, felting, and sewing.
The kindergarten students are outdoors in all but the very worst weather, with time on the playground, gardening projects, and weekly nature walks to the woods and stream through the changing seasons.
Developing the physical, mental, and social skills to participate in these activities on a daily basis – with the children being able to plan, develop, and execute ideas, problem solve, and evaluate their efforts – develops their attention span, focus, and confidence, and prepares the kindergarten students to excel in academic, artistic, and social pursuits as they progress into grade school.
Sunflower Kindergarten options
Our Kindergarten class is open to children between the ages of three and six and a half years, with children often attending for two to three years. Each of our mixed-age kindergarten classes has a Waldorf-trained lead teacher and an assistant.
See our Tuition and Fees page for class time and tuition.
Send in an Inquiry Form to begin your child’s application.
About our Early Childhood Waiting Pool:
Although the Sunflower and Marigold classes (for ages 3-6) are currently full, you may still apply to be added to the Waiting Pool for these classes. Details and benefits of joining the Waiting Pool for our Early Childhood classes are listed below.
- Waiting Pool families could be given a spot if someone leaves the program this summer or fall.
- Waiting Pool families will be given priority registration in winter of 2022 when we open enrollment for the 2022-23 school year.
- Priority Registration happens right after current families have the chance to re-enroll, and before enrollment is opened to the general public.
- Children age-out to first grade each year, so even if every child re-enrolls in our programs, we will have space for new families when Priority Registration begins.
- Children in the Waiting Pool who will be enrolling in an early childhood class in school year 2022/23 will not need to re-apply to the program once they are in the Waiting Pool.
- Children who will enter First Grade in school year 2022-23 will need additional documentation and evaluations before a First Grade acceptance is given. The EC Waiting Pool does not guarantee acceptance in the CWS Grade School program.
For more information on our programs:
- Waldorf Early Childhood Programs – learn about creative play, extended time outdoors, use of story and song, and a daily rhythm
- Forest Parent & Child Program – enrolling children ages 18 months to age six with a caregiver
- Benefits of an Outdoor Education from the CWS October 2020 Seasonal Journal on the abundant benefits – and research to back up – outdoor education.
- 21st Century Waldorf Education to see how we are bringing Waldorf education into the 21st Century at CWS.
- First Grade: Bridge to Academics, and get a peek into Waldorf First Grade and our philosophy.
Enjoy the reading and contact our Admissions office if you have questions. We are happy to walk you through the admissions process to join our Waiting Pool.