Chicago Waldorf School

  • Grades: PK-12
  • Student Enrollment: 368
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3.5 out of 5 | 7 Reviews
  • Address
  • 1300 W Loyola Ave
  • Chicago, IL 60626
  • Phone
  • (773) 465-2662

School Description

Chicago Waldorf School enrolls 368 school students from grades PK-12. It is located in Chicago, IL, which is a highly populated city with a median household income of $38,625.

School Operational Details
  • Special Program Emphasis
  • Students Have Access to a Library or Media Center
School Days and Hours
  • School Days Per Year: 169
    Note: Kindergarten Operates Five Days Per Week
  • School Hours Per Day: 7
    Note: Kindergarten Operates on a Full Day Schedule
School Associations
  • Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • State or regional independent school association
  • Other school association(s)
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3.5 out of 5 | 7 Reviews
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7 reviews for Chicago Waldorf School

  • Reviewed by Parent or Guardian on May 31, 2011
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • My kids (a current 5th grader and 2nd grader) LOVE to go to CWS. They are happy, healthy and excelling at math, natural sciences, humanities, creative writing and the performing arts.

    Chicago Waldorf School has an incredibly dedicated and leading faculty and the parent body is similarly actively engaged in school life. These are the benchmarks of a healthy school. Our family has been here for seven years and we love the school and have watched our kids prosper.

    The administration is solid in providing leadership for this model of education that is distinct from other schools in Chicago. Being an independent, and to my mind unique model, requires a strong sense of mission to maintain in the face of public expectations, disinformation and some of the myths and critiques that I see in other posts.

    To find out the truth all you have to do is ask a current student about their school experience or ask the parents how they feel about the school. The community is strong, diverse and dedicated to the school. It's too bad to see some
    individuals frustrations expressed here, but talk to the active community and you'll see the happiness, approval and dedication that parents, kids and teachers bring to the school.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on August 14, 2010
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I did not highlight any apples above...that was an error. Clearly I do not give them 5 apples. But I will give them one, for the assistant in the kindergarten who showed our son love.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on August 14, 2010
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • We joined this community for our child because we too were Waldorf educated as children! Thank goodness we were already sold on the strengths of this education because our child had the worst possible kindergarten experience imaginable. From week two the teacher singled him out, shamed him in front of his peers and overlooked any of his fine qualities. The most difficult thing to accept now, is that we let her do this! It was all so underhanded and cunning. I'm embarassed that we were so blindsided, and I am angry that the administration still stands behind her decision to ask our child to leave the school even though this teacher was fired for inpropriety. I will always wonder if she followed this path with our child because I took a wrong turn into the wrong driveway while going to the bank one day and there she was all snuggled up in a truck with a man who was not her husband and my son called out to her in joy (she hid her face)?!? Was it just safer to dismiss the family? If you choose Chicago Waldorf, do not ever turn your back because you trust in their words. They ARE NOT Waldorf...working from the higher path of the human being. Our whole experience was based on a dishonest cover-up, and our decision to trust wasted a very important year in our child's development while damaging him emotionally.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on July 24, 2010
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • This school does not tolerate other points of view. Their academics are weak, particularly in math and science. The administration is incompetent and does not follow their own policies and procedures.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on April 30, 2010
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • This school is disorganized and chaotic. The administration is inexperienced and incompetent. As much as they say they have your child's best interests at heart, they do not. All they care about is their philosophy and have no respect for the parents or other points of view.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on January 02, 2010
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • The Chicago Waldorf School provides a wonderful, well-rounded education for our kids. Their robust curriculum emphasizes critical thinking and creativity (instead of memorization and “teaching to the test”). The dedicated and talented teachers get to know our children as individuals, and help them grow intellectually, socially and physically so they can become happy, engaging and engaged adults who can explore and apply the full range of their talents. There is a very high level of parent involvement, and a strong and supportive community that surrounds the school. We could not imagine sending our children to any other school - and we have done a lot of investigation of the public and private options on the north side. No other school provides such a broad and challenging curriculum in a nurturing environment.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on January 09, 2009
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I think this school is wonderful in so many ways. Particular areas include the combination of arts and sciences for a more in-depth level of undeerstanding of the subjects, the emphasis oon nature and the world around us and the social service work that the high schoolers do. By the time the students get to high school, they are able to do independent study research and presentations that are beyond most of what O learned in college. Both my kidds have thrived in the nurturing environment. I would highly recommend this school to anyone wanting their children to turn out well-rounded, socially aware and capable.

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 368
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 43.1
    Full-Time Teachers: 34
    Part-Time Teachers: 15
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 6.8
  • Percent Minority Students: 13.0%
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 158 (42.9%)
  • Females: 210 (57.1%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Chicago Waldorf School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian--
Black267.1%
Asian51.4%
Hispanic174.6%
White24466.3%
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Chicago Waldorf School
  Number Percent
Pre-Kindergarten7620.7%
Kindergarten287.6%
1st Grade308.2%
2nd Grade318.4%
3rd Grade328.7%
4th Grade226.0%
5th Grade205.4%
6th Grade226.0%
7th Grade174.6%
8th Grade236.3%
9th Grade154.1%
10th Grade195.2%
11th Grade184.9%
12th Grade154.1%
Source: IL Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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