Transitioning into WWS
Moving to the DC area? Finding a school that is a better fit for your child?
We work closely with families to make transitions to WWS as smooth as possible.
There are a number of reasons that families join our school community in the older grades - we have a lot of experience welcoming new students and helping to ease their transition to a new environment.
On the practical side, we work with the parents and students to help set them up for success when they start at WWS. Perhaps you have a rising 6th or 9th grader who hasn’t studied a language or instrument yet - we’ll point you to resources to help prepare your child and make sure that the teachers understand where they are with that particular subject matter when they start.
The beauty of the responsive nature of Waldorf education, and a benefit of a small school, is that teachers are able to balance working with the class group and each individual - whether they have taught that student for years, or are just getting to know them. We want each and every one of our students to thrive and we will do all we can to help them flourish!
Bella was at her neighborhood middle school and came to WWS two days into the start of 8th grade. By the end of that year, she was selected to give the 8th grade commencement speech and her words were encouraging and inspiring…
“This year, with the love and support of [my class teacher] and all of my friends, I have rebuilt my foundation. I have become confident again in those traits that make me unique. I have become bolder and stronger. And I cannot thank this class enough for helping me in this.
I have had many victories this year. I have found myself in positions I never imagined possible. From kayaking, to performing on a stage, to learning German, to taking woodwork, to being invited to a birthday party, to traveling with my classmates- I have grown and I have gone far out of my comfort zone. I know for many of you this has been a part of your education your whole lives, but it was very new to me. And the new can be daunting. I wasn’t stellar at all of these new things, but I tried them and I am proud that I did. I thank everyone who provided me with those opportunities of self growth this year.”