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+ What is the 2020-2021 Admissions Time-Line for New Students?

  • Year Round -- Meet with Admissions Director
  • October 2019 -- 2020-2021 Applications Available On-Line
  • January 2020 - May 2020 -- Teacher Consults & Shadow Visits
  • January 2020 - December 2020 -- Financial Aid Application Available
  • Starting January 2020 -- Receive Notification
  • June 2020 -- 2020-2021 Tuition Payments Start

+ High School Admissions Steps

  1. Meet with Admissions Director
  2. Schedule 1/2 Day Shadow Visit
  3. Complete the online application (include student photo, transcripts, English teacher and Math teacher references, and any IEP or diagnosis documentation).
  4. Faculty Interview
  5. Notification

+ Lower School Admissions Steps

  1. Meet with Admissions Director
  2. Complete the online application (include student photo, transcripts, applicable references, and any IEP or diagnosis documentation).
  3. Parent Consult and Academic Student Assessment with Class Teacher (and Educational Support Coordinator).
  4. Classroom Shadow Visit
  5. Notification

+ Early Childhood Admissions Steps (ages 3-5)

  1. Meet with Admissions Director
  2. Complete the online application (include student photo, applicable reference, and any IEP or diagnosis documentation).
  3. If student has an IEP or behavior/learning diagnosis, schedule Parent Consult and Academic Student Assessment with Class Teacher and Educational Support Coordinator.
  4. Notification
  5. Applicant attends the classroom placement play date.

+ What Age Does Pre-School Start?

We offer a weekly 2-hour parent-child class called Morning Garden for parents of 18 mos-3 years. Our preschool, which we refer to as "Nursery" is for children age 3. It is a mixed age 3-4 year old class. Our students enter our 2-year play-based Kindergarten program once they are age 4 by June 1st.

+ How do I know if I qualify for Financial Aid?

Refer to our "Affording EWS" page under Admissions for all of the details about eligibility and how to apply.

+ Does EWS accept the NC Opportunities Scholarship?

Yes! Be sure to submit your application for this scholarship if you are eligible. Links to their website can be found on our "Affording EWS" page. This scholarship is for 5 year old Kindergarten students, rising 1st graders, and any student currently attending a NC public school who would like to transfer to EWS.

+ What is the EWS Home and School Media policy?

EWS requests that at home, parents keep their children as screen-free as possible when they are attending the Early Childhood and Lower School programs. The faculty prefer that if screens are available to these students that it is not on a school night and that it is age appropriate. There are no screens used on campus for these programs. There is no home media policy for High School students. High School students use screen technology as needed for their coursework during the school day.

+ Does EWS use Wi-Fi?

Yes. We do have wi-fi in the Admin, Lower School, and High School buildings.

+ Do your students do well on the SAT and ACT despite not having any other standardized testing?

Yes! Our students perform competively well. We have a 100% College acceptance rate and 97% of our students matriculate to a 4 year university or college.

+ Does EWS have a gym for sports?

No. Although we have a very strong athletic program, we do not have our own gym. We use the Hillsborough Recreation Center on Tryon Street for our Girls Volleyball Team and our Girls and Boys Basketball Teams. We do have a field that our soccer and ultimate frisbee teams use and we have a Cross Country trail for our middle school team.

+ What is the transition like for a student who has been in public school?

Any student changing schools, of course, encounters an adjustment period. Transitions can sometimes take an older child longer. However, because Waldorf Education speaks so directly to the children’s experience and developmental level, students assimilate comparatively quickly when they transition into a Waldorf school. Our admissions process, faculty, friendly students, and warm community life provides support to each new student.