East Bay Waldorf School graduates get noticed.
Teachers, administrators, admissions officers and employers like what they have: knowledge, but also presence, interest, and engagement. They can look adults in the eye and have real conversations. They are positive and ready to dig in.
Since 1980, we have been developing and sending forth well-educated and well-rounded students, choosing an impressive and eclectic array of high schools and colleges that reflect their wide-ranging talents, interests, and ambitions. They are prepared. The following is a partial list of high schools, colleges, and universities that admitted our students over the years:
The Athenian School
College Preparatory School
El Cerrito High
Justin Siena High
Las Lomas High
North Gate High
Oakland School of the Arts
San Francisco Waldorf
Waldorf School of the Peninsula
Colleges & Universities
Cal State University campuses:
Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo and Pomona, Chico, Humboldt, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco
California College of the Arts
College of the Atlantic
Eugene Lang College
Evergreen State College
George Washington University
Harvey Mudd College
Hawaiian Pacific University
Lewis & Clark College
New York University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Sarah Lawrence College
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
St. John’s College
University of Arizona
University of British Columbia
University of California campuses:
Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego,
Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Oregon
University of Puget Sound
University of the Redlands
University of Rochester
University of Washington
Western Washington University
Whittier College, Norton
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
“Being personally acquainted with a number of Waldorf students, I can say that they come closer to realizing their own potentials than practically anyone I know.” — Joseph Weizenbaum, Professor, MIT
Qualities of Waldorf Alumni
The most coveted attributes sought by universities and employers can be found in our graduates. The Survey of Waldorf Graduates indicates that Waldorf Education cultivates the following 21st century attributes:
- Multiple Intelligences and Cross-Disciplinary Learners
- Global Consciousness and Sustainability
- Basis for Moral Navigation
- Creative Problem-Solving
- High Levels of Social Intelligence
- Environmental Stewardship
- High Levels of Emotional Intelligence
- Thinkers Who Think Outside the Box
Gilian (Lily) Meyers
Year graduated 8th grade: 2014
High School: Vintage High School, Napa
College: UC Berkeley, starting Fall 2018
EBWS: Hi, Lily. What are you going to study in college?
LILY: I intend to double major in global studies and society & environment. I haven’t chosen a minor but I am interested in music or linguistics.
How was your transition to high school?
At first, it was difficult, because I was going to a school in an entirely different area. Most of my Waldorf friends knew people in high school because of sports or camps in the Bay Area, but because I went from a school in El Sobrante to a school in Napa, I didn’t know anyone. As time went on I met people and built relationships and I felt much better socially.
Academically? (Did you feel ready?)
I was nervous before starting but when I got there I realized that I was far more prepared than most of my peers. I had a much broader world view and range of knowledge to draw from and felt overall more well-rounded than other students.
Socially? (Was it hard to go from little school to big school?)
The size change was less difficult than the fact that I just didn’t know anyone.
How are you like the other students you met? How might you be different?
We’re all young kids. Most of us have the same interests and hopes and anxieties. Going through the college application and admission/rejection process really revealed how much we all struggled and worked through the same things, regardless of educational background. My freshman year I did find myself to be more self-aware and emotionally mature than my non-Waldorf peers. I wanted to discuss issues and ideas whereas a lot of my peers were more likely to talk about themselves or their friends.
Activities or achievements in high school?
In high school, I sang in the choir and performed in two musicals. I played three sports: basketball, water polo, and swim team. I won various awards from my teams throughout high school such as “most inspirational” and “most valuable” player. I founded the Teens for Change environmental and community service club and was the president for all 4 years. I received many awards from my school such as Crusher of the Month, Principal’s Scholar Athlete award, Lamp of Knowledge, and others. My senior year I earned the California State Seal of Biliteracy.
Activities or achievements in college?
Looking back, what in your Waldorf education do you think has helped you the most in going through high school and college?
It’s so hard to pick one, but I think the most impactful thing was simply the well-roundedness and opportunity to learn in so many different ways (through movement, hands on activity, discussion, lecture, performance, etc.) Learning through so many different approaches gave me such a wide breadth of knowledge and understanding of the subtleties of various topics.
What are you doing now? Or what’s next for you?
Headed off to college and the great unknown. I hope to study abroad and dip my toe into as many different subject as I can