Waldorf Schools

Rudolf Steiner education is thriving in Portland and the nearby regional area! Those schools that have participated in the Portland Area Waldorf Schools (PAWS) group in the past form the basis for this list. It also includes those educational initiatives in greater Oregon. This list may be incomplete and we welcome additions or corrections as programs change and grow. There are also numerous summer programs being offered. Information about those is often available through established schools. May all of our endeavors to serve in the education of Portland’s children grow and prosper!

The programs listed below are those who wish to be identified as being inspired by the principles of Waldorf Education. Inclusion on the list does not indicate more than this.

Early Childhood Programs

Apple Blossom Nursery School
3438 SE Main St Portland OR 97214
Carrie Riley 971-404-9291 or 503-235-5685
[email protected]
Ages: Two – Four years old, M-F
Times: 8:30-12:30 aftercare to 5:30 PM

Blossom House Nursery School
4000 NE Hassalo Portland OR
Cindy Smith 503- 231-2928
Ages: Three-Four years old
Times: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Heart in Hand Preschool
5405 NE 30th Ave Portland OR 97211
Yvonne de Maat 503-287-4409
Ages Three Four years old
[email protected]

The Maple Grove Preschool
15581 S. Maplelane Road
Oregon City, Or 97045
Teacher: Teresa Ramirez 503-656-9908
Preschool – MTW 9:00am to 1:00pm
Parent Toddler/Infant – Th 9:00am to 11:00am
[email protected]

Marigold Kindercottage
12412 SW 60th Ave
Portland OR 97219
Mary Elverhoy 503-245-8707
[email protected]
Ages: 3 – 5 year olds
Time: M-F 9:00 – 1:00

Morning Glory Preschool
2536 NE 10th Ave Portland OR 97212
Claudia Scates 503 281 1433
Times: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Morning Sun Playgroup
2735 SE 22nd Ave Portland OR 97202
Paulette March and 503 239-9235
Ages: 18 mos-3.5 yrs
Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 AM – Noon

Rising Song Preschool
3912 NE 36th Ave, Portland
503-954-3235 [email protected]
A new (2009) waldorf-inspired preschool.

Rose Hip Preschool
N. Mississippi near Lombard
Kristin Kresch
3-5 year olds Tuesday-Friday 9am-1pm
[email protected]

Spindlewood Preschool

113 NE Thompson St Portland OR 97212
Pamela Woods 503 335-0451
[email protected]

Springwater KinderCottage
3813 SE Roswell St. Portland, Or. 97222
Anne Kollender, M.S., 503-786-6995
[email protected]
Ages: three to five years
Times: Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Also Offered: Seasonal Parent/Child Classes and Supportive Coaching for the Parenting Journey©

Sweetwater Learning Community
PO Box 1562 Sandy OR 97055
Carin Houck-Wylie 503-668-0916
[email protected]
Parent-child program, Waldorf inspired kindergarten,
3-day Waldorf grades program (1st-4th).

Violet Garden Preschool
818 SE Lambert Portland OR 97202
Jodi Bothe 503 230-0089
3 day preschool, 2 day parent/child

Windsong Preschool
12145 SE Flavel Portland OR 97266
Susan Conlon 503 762-9276
Age: Three Five years old
Time: Monday – Friday 8:30-1:00

Early Childhood, Grades and High School Programs


Cedarwood School
3030 SW 2nd Ave Portland OR 97201
Phone: 503 245-1477 | Fax: 503 245-5405
[email protected]
Preschool, parent/child, kindergartens and grades 1-6 in 2005/6 to grade 8 in 2007/8.An AWSNA Developing School.

Micha-el School
13515A SE Rusk Rd
Milwaukie, OR, 97222
Kindergarten – 8th grade.
[email protected]

Portland Village School
7654 N Delaware Ave,Portland, OR 97217
Phone: 503 445-0056 | FAX 503 445-0058
[email protected]
Kindergartens and grades 1-5 in 2008 to grade 8 in 2011.
A public charter school.

Portland Waldorf School and High School
2300 SE Harrison Milwaukie OR 97222
Phone: 503 654-2200 | Fax 503 652-5162
[email protected]
parent/child, pre/k, kindergartens, grades 1-12
An AWSNA Certified School.

Shining Star School

Shining Star Waldorf School is located at:
Family, Early Childhood Education, and Elementary
2120 NE Tillamook Street
Portland, Oregon 97212

and also at:

German Immersion Kindergarten
602 NE Prescott Street
Portland, Oregon 97211

Director: Marsha Johnson
SCHOOL PHONE: 503 753-4459 [email protected]
Family Playgroups, Nursery, Kindergartens including the Linden Tree and the new Mother Earth Bio-Immersion K, located at Tryon Life Community Farm, Grades 1-5. In its 5th year the school has over 90 children enrolled. An innovative, community based, lively education.
An AWSNA Developing School

Swallowtail School
1995 PO Box 3753 Hillsboro OR 97123
Beth O’Mahony 503 846-0336 fax: 503 846-1626
[email protected]
Pre-K/K through grade 8
An AWSNA Developing School

Other Waldorf School Locations in Oregon

Eugene Waldorf School
1350 McLean Blvd. Eugene OR, 97405-1998
Founded: 1980;
541.683.6951 [email protected]
Grades: (Pre-K/K – 8)
An AWSNA Certified School

Corvallis Waldorf School
3855 NE Highway 20, Corvallis, OR 97330
(541) 758-4674
[email protected]
Grades:(Pre-K through 8)
An AWSNA Developing School

Waldorf School of Bend
63175 O.B. Riley Road Bend, Oregon 97701
Founded: 1995
Phone: 541-330-8841 | Fax: 541-322-9402
[email protected]
Grades: (Pre-K/K – 6)
An AWSNA Developing School

Teacher Training Institutes

Micha-el Institute Portland
12160 SE Mt Scott Blvd Portland OR 97266
John Miles 503 774 4946 fax 503 777-9850
[email protected]

Waldorf Teacher Education Eugene
A Full Member AWSNA Institute. Founded: 1990
1350 McLean Blvd., Eugene, Oregon 97405-1998
Phone: 541-686-9112 Fax: 541-345-8774
[email protected]

North American Waldorf Certification

Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA):
3911 Bannister Road
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Phone 916-961-0927
FAX 916-961-0715
[email protected]

The task of the Association is to encourage and further Waldorf education, and to assist each school and teacher training center linked through it in the United States, Canada and Mexico to improve the quality of the education it offers.

Waldorf Education is a developmentally appropriate, balanced education that integrates the arts and academics for children from preschool through twelfth grade. Waldorf Education encourages the development of each child’s sense of truth, beauty, and goodness; an antidote to violence, alienation, and cynicism. The aim of the education is to fully develop the capacities of each student and to inspire a love for lifelong learning.

Considering teaching? Consider Waldorf Education. As a Waldorf teacher you have the freedom to meet the needs of the children in your class while experiencing an unfolding of your own creativity in art, movement, and music. Waldorf teachers set out on a path of joyful discovery, meaningful work, and lifelong learning. There are a variety of training programs where you can receive a Waldorf teacher certification.

Waldorf education in North America celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2003. The Association is actively pursuing linkages with individuals and organizations who are also concerned with preserving childhood, the arts in education, the effects of media and technology on children, and the development of the whole child.