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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Sports
    B
Chicago Waldorf School is a top rated, private school located in Chicago, IL. It has 366 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. Tuition is $22,680 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$22,680
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
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Chicago Waldorf School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1260
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Average ACT
26
28 responses

Culture & Safety

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  • Holiday Fair
    44%
  • May Fair
    33%
  • The yearly high school service learning trip
    22%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
366
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
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of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.5 responses
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100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.5 responses
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60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.5 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$52,307
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$962
National
$949
Median Home Value
$227,058
National
$184,700
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Chicago Waldorf High School has been the best choice I could have ever made. They Do not “teach to the test”. The students are met with age appropriate challenges that allow them to develop their own critical thinking skills. The friends I have made will be with me for life. I went on exchange to Colombia for 3 months and hosted the student I lived with here for 3 months. There is a constant stream of exchange students from all over the world coming in for a semester that you get to know. When you have experienced being an exchange student yourself, you know what it’s like to be that kid coming in with all of your insecurities about speaking another language and being so far away from your home and your family, so you are likely to lend a hand, be friendly and get to know the exchange students. The small class size allows for service learning experiences that you would not get anywhere else. My college application process went smoothly and I got accepted to my first choice!
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Chicago Waldorf School follows the principles of Rudolf Steiner closely. From early education children are being taught skills without being forced to learn. They learn through play and stories. As the children grow older, they learn in a more school setting but learn different subjects that you don't normally see in a public school like Norse Mythology in the 4th grade. In the high school, students experience more hands on work through trips and more detailed classes that focus on a specific subject. They range from studying the literature of the Greeks and Romans to learning Euclidean geometry. Overall, the education given is a well-rounded one.
Chicago Waldorf School has been wonderful for my children. We have been a CWS family for 6 years, since my oldest child started preschool. Now we have two kids in school there, and they are thriving. I think they absolutely have the right approach to educating children. The teachers are excellent, nurturing children's love of learning without all the early academic pressure has been wonderful for us. My kids are very bright, creative and they love school. Since I began researching schools, I have been fascinated with the school system in Finland, considered the best in the world. I love the focus they have on free play, time outdoors and in nature, and delayed formal academics until 7 years old, and yet the kids outperform just about every other country int he world. Waldorf's approach to education reminds me of Finland's, and I am so happy my kids attend the Chicago Waldorf School.