About AWS

Alabama Waldorf School has grown from one classroom in the basement of the founder's home in 1987 to a preschool-through-grade 8 school serving 130 children and employing over 20 professionally trained faculty and staff.

Alabama Waldorf School alumni attend the following secondary schools:

Alabama School of Fine Arts
Altamont School
Birmingham-area public schools, including:
Hoover, Homewood, Spain Park, Clay, Chalkville, and Vestavia High Schools
Indian Springs School
Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School
John Carroll Catholic School
Shades Valley High School’s Academies, including:
Theater, Visual Arts, Finance, and Engineering

AWS Graduates attend the following colleges and universities:

University of Alabama at Birmingham
 Appalachian State University
 Auburn University
 University of Montevallo
 University of North Carolina School of the Arts
 Sewanee

Highlights of our Preschool Program

  • Serves children ages 18 months to 3 years old, and 3 years to 6 years old, in multi-age classes with a home-like environment that encourages play, imagination, and social interaction.
  • A predictable daily routine provides security and inspires confidence in the child to explore his/her surroundings.
  • Absorbing the world primarily through their senses, toys made of natural materials are inviting and open-ended, serving many roles in the child's imaginative play.
  • Academic skills are embedded in the experiential curriculum – building vocabulary with the rich language of circle time, counting to set the snack table, observing the changes in seasons during nature walks, and categorizing objects during tidy up time.
  • Moving into the grades, they learn more about what they have already experienced and internalized. 

Highlights of our 1-8 Grades Programs

  • 1st through 8th grades utilize a proven curriculum that provides a rich and deep academic foundation, which includes math, language arts, history, foreign language, and sciences, but is enlivened by the arts (drawing, painting, music, handwork, movement).
  • Learning is experiential, allowing students to internalize natural laws and functions, so as to cultivate intellectual and creative ownership of the material.
  • Students create their own "textbooks" combining art with academics for a whole-brain learning experience. 
  • Practical skills such as cooking, farming, sewing, and carpentry, are seamlessly woven into the curriculum.
  • The rigorous middle school curriculum includes organic and inorganic chemistry, physics, geology, meteorology, and astronomy, in addition to the continuation of the previously mentioned subjects.
  • Often, teachers will "loop up" with a class from year to year.