Like many independent schools across our province, we receive partial funding from the Ministry of Education. This means we are able to offer world-class Waldorf education, with one of the lowest tuition rates in Canada.

2021/22 Tuition Fees

Tuition: $4,500

Sibling Discount: $600 per additional child

Supply Fees: $300

Registration Fee: $200

Enrolment Fee (one-time): $300

Application Fee (one-time): $50

2021/22 International Student Fees

Tuition: $13,000

Transition Support Fee: $700

Supply Fees: $300

Registration Fee: $200

Enrolment Fee (One-time): $300

Application fee (one-time): $700

The Nelson Waldorf School is perfect for students learning English.

BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN, SAFE, FRIENDLY TOWN – Nelson is a friendly town nestled between mountains with crystal clear air, lakes and parks!

SOCIAL INCLUSION – At the Nelson Waldorf School students of all cultures and interests are welcomed. The Code of Compassion, created by the students themselves, is one tool of the Social Inclusion approach living in our school. The Code is found in our classrooms and hallways and reflects a school-wide dedication to upholding a climate of trust that is conducive to learning.

ORAL BASED LEARNING – students at the Nelson Waldorf School have lessons presented orally by the teacher and therefore have a greater opportunity to practice learning to understand the spoken word.

MATH ENRICHMENT – many international students have strong math skills. The math presented in class will be easy for the students to grasp, and they will quickly learn to use the English vocabulary. For students staying the full year, once they are confident with using English in the math classes, enrichment math will be an option.

RECORDER TUTORING – at the Nelson Waldorf School, all students play the recorder. Any international students who can read music will be able to learn to play the recorder with minimal support.

ARTISTIC APPROACH – the classes are rich in artistic and creative activity. Learning English, as the students learn to draw, paint, do woodwork and handwork projects is exciting!

Helpful Information About The Nelson Waldorf School

School Supplies: Our students are given the highest quality school supplies from Mercurius/Stockmar in Germany.

The students draw with beeswax crayons and Stockmar coloured pencils, use fountain pens to write, learn calligraphy in class 6, and paint with beautiful translucent colours.

Recorders: Students in Classes 1-8 play the recorder. By Class 6 the students are playing 3 and 4 part music using the Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass Recorders. Students who stay for the full year will receive a beautiful wooden soprano recorder which they will take home with them.

Overnight Class Trips: Classes 3-8 go on one or more overnight trips each year. Most trips are for two nights. Class 3 goes to a farm, Class 4 goes to Fort Steele (a pioneer village), Class 5 attends the Waldorf Olympics, Class 6 backpacks into a wilderness cabin in the fall, and goes on a bike trip in the spring. Class 7 goes to a challenge course in the fall and to a rock climbing camp in the spring. Class 8 participates in a high ropes course in the fall, goes snow caving in the winter, and goes on a 5-day trip in the spring. There is an additional cost for all overnight trips.

Class Plays: Every class at the Nelson Waldorf School performs a play for the rest of the school at some time during the year. If your child is involved in a class play we will send you pictures.

ELL Tutoring

ELL (English Language Learner) tutoring will be required for students who are learning English as a second language. Tutoring is to be arranged privately, and is estimated at a cost of $35/hr, usually two hours per week. Tutoring is designed to help support students with English and integrate them into the school and community as quickly as possible. Tutoring fees are in addition to homestay and tuition fees.

Starting dates are flexible throughout the year.

The Nelson Waldorf School has a small international student home stay program which places students in classes 3-8. The program coordinator receives and reviews the international student profiles, and after consulting with the teacher(s) involved and the Pedagogical Administrator recommends a placement for the student in the most appropriate class. The coordinator also finds the home stay families and places the student in the family that is the best fit. The coordinator teaches at the school and therefore can check in with the students on a daily basis to support the student, and checks in with the home stay families on a regular basis. Any tutoring will be done by the coordinator. The program coordinator is the legal guardian of all the international students at the school.

Additional information coming soon.

Tuition Modification

At Nelson Waldorf School we support Social Inclusion, and we believe that financial concerns should not be a barrier for students who would thrive in a Waldorf classroom. Our Tuition Modification Program is opened to applications each spring, and is dispersed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Enrolment Office for more information.

Nelson Waldorf School