Transferring to EBWS

Students from other schools find East Bay Waldorf to be more challenging, engaging and welcoming. Grades and middle school entrance is common.

We have a strong track record of successfully transitioning students from other, non-Waldorf schools into our grades program.

If you are considering a mid-stream switch for your child, we invite you to contact Admissions to learn more about space availability. We accept applications year-round until all programs are full.

A common worry is that it will be difficult to transfer into a Waldorf school after Kindergarten. Our experience shows that students can come in at every grade level and find their way. East Bay Waldorf School, like all Waldorf schools, is known for providing a warm, welcoming and nurturing environment in which every student is encouraged to reach their full potential.

Our experience tells us that there are several considerations parents need to make in considering a transfer:

Transitions take time and any student changing schools should expect to encounter an adjustment period. For the older child, these transitions can sometimes take longer as they arrive in a tight-knit group that has been together for years. But because Waldorf education puts so much emphasis on the social health of the individual in the context of the group, students assimilate relatively quickly.

Academically, students arrive from other schools ahead or behind in different areas of the curriculum. Waldorf teachers are adept at managing developmental and academic differences. Inevitably, new students have a blend of areas they feel confident in and areas they need to develop further in the Waldorf school.

Some parents are concerned about our requirement to limit media. Don’t let this concern stop you from inquiring about what our progressive educational model can do for your child. Our media guidelines are an important part of what makes our students so special, but they also adapt as the children grow. Middle school students don’t have the same restrictions as early childhood.