indicates that a school/institute has matured to stand in the world as an example of Waldorf Education. The requirements, as outlined in the Association's Path to Membership Handbook, include a 7-10 year cycle of self-study/peer review or accreditation. Both are rigorous processes whereby a school/institute engages in a self-study, articulating how it meets agreed upon principles of Waldorf Education, and peer review, openly engaging in qualitative assessment by a group of peers. After becoming a Full Member, schools/institutes engage in collaborative work with sister schools and institutes regionally and continentally. The intention is to support the associate member schools/institutes in advancing on the path to membership, which demonstrates a strengthening of the school/institute. In addition, the continental Delegates work with a consensus model in establishing the levels of membership, the criteria for each level, and determining which schools/institutes have met the criteria.
: Nearly all Full Member schools participate in the AWSNA accreditation process and are recognized as AWSNA Accredited schools. AWSNA has dual accreditation agreements with fourteen regional and national school accrediting agencies, and is itself accredited as an accrediting agency by The National Council for Private School Accreditation. If you have a concern that an accredited school is not meeting the accreditation criteria, please submit a concern here
is the membership category for schools/institutes more internally focused. These schools/institutes engage in an Associate member self-study and receive annual support visits from peers working in full member schools/institutes. These schools/institutes gain strength through association with other Association members in their region guided by the Associate member self-study. An Associate member preparing for accreditation is a candidate for accreditation.
is a non-member affiliate category for schools/institutes in the early phases of establishment as an initiative. They are guided by the Young Schools' Guide
, Effective Practices, and the Path to Membership Handbook (available to affiliated schools/institutes) and by a mentoring team assigned from their regional Delegates.
In addition to the many affiliated Waldorf schools and initiatives, there are over 250 early childhood programs working out of the pedagogical insights of Rudolf Steiner. For further information about these Waldorf preschools and kindergartens, please contact:
Waldorf Early Childhood Association
285 Hungry Hollow Road
Spring Valley, NY 10977