Chicago Waldorf School provides a diverse PreK-12th grade education that supports the development of self-directed young adults dedicated to the pursuit of ongoing learning and eager to contribute positively to the global society of the 21st century. This education is rooted in the ideals, insights and pedagogical methods of Rudolf Steiner, who stated: “Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings, who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives.” (Rudolf Steiner, 1861–1925)

Our school is home to a vibrant community of teachers, students, and parents.

CWS is dedicated to the core principles of Waldorf education. With a history spanning more than 40 years, our school is vital to life, work, and creativity in the 21st century because we remain dedicated to an enduring goal: to inspire our children to be students, thinkers, and creators.

As a fully accredited college preparatory school, The Chicago Waldorf School is committed to an unparalleled level of sophistication in our curriculum. From the Early Childhood Program through our High School, the lessons unfold not merely in the children’s ears, but in their hearts and in their minds. As a result, our graduates are prepared to pursue a path defined by academic excellence, a global perspective, a social and environmental conscience, and well-earned confidence.

In an ever-demanding world, we are committed to give students a foundation from which they do not merely survive, but excel. While others experiment and conclude what we already know, Waldorf endures as one of the richest education methods in the world.

The Core Values of the Chicago Waldorf School are:

Respect & Reverence
Wholeness & Self Reliance