Established in 1989, the independent, not-for-profit Westside Waldorf School serves pre-K through Eighth Grade. Westside Waldorf School is housed on two campuses: an Early Childhood Center in Santa Monica offering Parent-Child, Nursery and Kindergarten classes, and the McComb Campus in the Pacific Palisades encompassing a full pre-K through Eighth Grade program.
Westside Waldorf School is part of an international educational movement, the largest and fastest growing independent school movement in the world. Waldorf/Steiner education is one of the most established and successful models of New Education, begun in central Europe in the aftermath of WWI. It was part of an initiative for social change by the reformer, philosopher, and visionary Rudolf Steiner. Today there are over 900 Waldorf schools in 83 countries.
Waldorf education has been called "the world's best-kept educational secret." From the moment you enter a classroom at the Westside Waldorf School, you sense something special: student artwork adorning the walls, children playing musical instruments, reciting lyrical verses, or enacting dramatic portrayals of historical or mythical people. Most importantly, you see students who love learning, and a dedicated, Waldorf-trained faculty teaching in a way that inspires each child to bring out his or her best.
The Westside Waldorf School has been a full member of WECAN, the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America, since 2009, and has been a Developing Member school of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) since 2008. Westside Waldorf School is currently in the process of becoming fully accredited with AWSNA.
Westside Waldorf School does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, disability (mental or physical), age, medical condition, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our students, staff, and families.