International Student Information


Students from around the globe interested in an engaging academic and social experience in America, are warmly welcomed to enroll at the Emerson Waldorf School. Our international students achieve fluency in English and are college-prepared.

We enroll students interested in attending 3 weeks to 1-4 years in High School. We also enroll international Waldorf students for 3 weeks to 3 months as an exchange or visiting student.

The chart below will provide you with what is required depending on which kind of enrollment you are interested in pursuing.

1-4 Year Short-Term Visitor Waldorf Exchange Student
TADS Application & Fee $125 no no
Application Form no yes yes
Application Payment via PayPal no $125 no
Passport Photo, Transcripts, Math & English References, TOEFL yes photo & reference only photo & reference only
Visit or Skype Interview yes yes yes
Room & Board Fee $1800/mo $1800/mo none
TUITION $27k/ANNUAL $395/WEEK none

Eligible Students

International students are welcome to apply for grades 9, 10, or 11, where curriculum, faculty, staff and our homestay program will support them. The middle school (grades 6-8) is designed for local students only. International students applying to the middle school should speak and write English fluently and live with an appropriate family member near EWS.

TOEFL Scores

The following minimum TOEFL scores (PBT and iBT), IELTS and iTEP will be used to determine eligibility:

If a student is unable to take one of the tests above, he/she should submit any other test scores that are available (Cambridge CEFR, etc). In such a case, it may not be possible to guarantee grade placement until the student arrives and takes a placement test administered by Emerson Waldorf School.

Application Submission

2020-2021 School Year
Complete the application steps above, by January 10, 2020. We will accept completed applications as early as December 15, 2019.

January 2020 - June 2020 (Winter/Spring of the 2019-2020 School Year)
Complete the application steps above as soon as possible and contact Raelee Peirce, Admissions Director at 919-967-1858 ext 114 or

Optional Visit and Interview

We invite you to visit our campus and experience our classes and campus for yourself, however campus visits and interviews are not required for international students. We will contact you if it is possible for us to interview you remotely. If you are able to come to campus, visits can be arranged anytime during the school year. Contact Véronique Geenens at to schedule your visit.

Assessments and Interviews

We will contact you to schedule a skype interview for the student applicant and the parents. This interview will be conducted by high school faculty members.

Acceptance and Decision Letters

An acceptance notification regarding current year admissions will be communicated within two weeks of interviews.

Enrollment Contract

Electronically signed contracts must be returned within one week of receipt.


Please contact our International Program Coordinator, Véronique Geenens, at