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 School Day Open Houses 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

Early Childhood Age Guidelines
Parent-Toddler: infant to age 4
Kindergarten: 3 - 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.
and reasons for choosing AWS.

Experience Waldorf
October 17, 2017
November 4, 2017
March 6, 2018
May 15, 2018
Waldorf 100
Learn to Change
the World.
Act locally,
affect globally
Tea & Play
September 25, 2017
October 23, 2017
November 13, 2017
Please call to register.
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.

Probationary Period
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.

Admission Dates
Admissions for the current year are considered at any time, if there is space in the class.  Please contact the Admissions Office with questions.

Aurora Waldorf School
Parent-Toddler through Grade 8
525 West Falls Road, West Falls, NY 14170
Phone: (716) 655-2029     Fax: (716) 655-3265