What are the age guidelines for acceptance into Early Childhood Programs?

There are some general guidelines; Sweet Peas have a minimum age of 24 months, Golden Rose has a minimum age of 36 months and the kindergartens ask that a child is four years old by July 1st for entry into the kindergarten in September. When you enroll a child at our school the process includes an interview with two teachers.  For our youngest students this is an  important part of determining which of our programs provides the best fit for your child.  We all know that chronological age alone is only part of the total balanced picture of a particular child.  Through conversation and observation they will be able to make a recommendation that serves the child best. If you have further questions, please call Maggie Bahnson our Enrollment Coordinator, at 541-758-4674.

Who can I speak with regarding enrollment?

Please call Maggie at 541-758-4674.

What is your media policy?

Education and human development research from many organizations and countries speaks to the negative effects of large amounts of media on children, particularly in the preschool and grade school years.

Waldorf education has long been grounded in the belief that media exposure is counterproductive to the development of imagination and memory and the ability to entertain oneself, especially in the younger grades. While we know that most families have some media as part of the home experience, we encourage families to significantly limit or discontinue exposure to television, movies, video games, computers and other entertainment media. At the very minimum, we request families to maintain a no-media policy during the school week.

We acknowledge that this can be a difficult transition, especially if the student has had a lot of media interaction prior to Waldorf school attendance. We are supportive of our families making this transition. Talk to your teacher for ideas on how to make this transition.

Will my child have difficulties transferring into a class?

The transition seems to vary with the temperament of the child, how well he or she adjusts to changes, and the grade of the transfer. Generally, through grade 5, the transition goes smoothly with slight adjustments to a new learning environment, artistic activities, and foreign languages. In grades 6–8, sometimes extra tutoring in Spanish and a musical instrument can help a student “catch up” to the level of the class.

What is your immunization policy?

The Corvallis Waldorf School follows the Oregon School Immunization Law for grades K-8 located at:


This law mandates that all students be immunized before attending school. It also requires that schools submit immunization records to the state for tracking. The state also provides an opportunity for parents to file a non-medical or medical exemption.  When students are partially immunized, or are not immunized by the beginning of the school year, parents must provide the exemption documentation as discussed above.  These students are reflected in the overall percentage of non-immunized students on state records.  Our latest report* indicates that 50% of our students have a non-medical exemption for one or more vaccines.

The Corvallis Waldorf School believes that the decision to immunize should be made by families and their health care providers.  Waldorf schools do all they can to ensure the safety and health of the children in our schools. This includes requiring parents to follow state standards.  Our task is the education of the children entrusted to us and we make no claim to being qualified in the realm of medicine. We encourage all parents to consult with their health care provider about their personal preferences regarding immunization.

*Source: public.health.oregon.gov