The vast majority of our graduates go on to colleges or universities while others go on to professional training in such careers as the culinary arts and public safety. Our graduates are offered acceptance to a variety of institutions, from small liberal arts colleges to large universities, and they flourish academically, socially, and personally as a result of the skills they developed during their high school years. We are proud of the enormous different types of institutions that draw our students because they reflect the individuality and confidence that our students have to go their own way.
Our graduates attend some of the most selective universities (e.g. Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Georgetown, New York University, Stanford, Wesleyan, Yale), highly selective liberal arts colleges (e.g. Bowdoin, Carleton, Claremont McKenna, Hamilton, Haverford, Oberlin, Smith, Vassar), as well as excellent public "ivies" (e.g. College of William and Mary, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, University of Vermont, University of Virginia). Others attend the best art and music conservatories (Maryland Institute College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Curtis Institute of Music, Peabody Conservatory). For a full list of colleges to which WWS alumni have been accepted since 1998, click here.
During the college admissions process we find that Waldorf graduates stand out and are highly sought after. They are known for being capable, confident, creative, resilient, and mature. Most of our graduates in recent years have received significant merit-based financial assistance for higher education. Many have gone on to graduate with honors, continuing community service, moving on to outstanding graduate and medical schools, and achieving excellent work opportunities upon graduation. Many spend time studying abroad during their college experience, expanding their understanding of global challenges. Three recent graduates (WWS Class of 2004, 2006, 2011) have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships upon completing college to work in Nepal and India, and another graduate won a Watson Fellowship to study leprosy around the world.
While we do not rely on standardized testing, we recognize how important the SAT, ACT and other standardized tests are for college admission. We offer SAT preparation courses as well as extensive individual college counseling to all our students. Our students typically score higher on the SAT/ACT than their peer group. We also offer extensive, hands-on assistance to all our students in the college search process, as described here.