We realize that choosing a school is one of the most important decisions a parent makes in shaping a child’s life, and we are here to assist you in any way we can. To see our school in full swing, we highly recommend a visit. We host a series of Tea & Play sessions and Why Waldorf? Tours throughout the year, and are also happy to take you on an individual tour. Please contact Jane Ried, Admissions Director at (716) 655-2029, ext. 106, or via email.
Early Childhood Age Guidelines
Parent-Toddler: infant to age 4
Nursery: 3 - 4 years old
Kindergarten: 4 - 6 years old
First Grade Readiness
Children do best in our academic environment when they are developmentally ready. Key aspects of readiness for our First Grade include reaching approximately age six and a half, beginning to lose baby teeth, and other growth signs.
In determining readiness, we administer a First Grade Readiness Assessment, and also consult with our Educational Support Team and the Kindergarten and First Grade teachers.
This assessment is not a measure of skills or a test of knowledge; rather, through games, drawings and other activities (such as skipping, jumping rope, playing catch, etc.), we look at developmental markers indicating a child’s readiness for learning. The ability to wait, watch, listen and follow, laterality (patterns of hand, foot, eye and ear use), and retention of early childhood reflexes are among the areas of development we observe.
Note: Admission to the Early Childhood Program does not guarantee future admission to Grade 1. Evaluations for promotion to the elementary school take place each spring.
All new students enter for a four-week trial period, for parents and teachers to observe how the child is adjusting, and assess whether the placement is appropriate. In some cases, the trial period may be extended to ensure a good fit.
Admissions for the current year are considered at any time, if there is space in the class. Please contact the Admissions Office with questions.