Love. It all began in love. Our school began in the cradle of inspiration and imagination of two dear friends brought forth by the love for their younger sons. Their older children, and they themselves had been so touched by their experiences at Morning Star Waldorf School, that when those doors closed, they founded New Star Rising, which eventually became The Tacoma Waldorf School. Since 1992, our school has served over five hundred children. Each one has been touched by the love of these two mothers and their hope for their children and all children.


Children move their bodies daily through Games and Movement


The Tacoma Waldorf School awakens a lifelong love of learning, inspires critical thinking, and fosters emotional intelligence in our students. We educate the whole child through thinking, feeling, and willing guided by a deep understanding of human development. Our children are prepared to meet the world confidently, creatively, and with respect towards others.



Kindergarteners press apples for cider during a fall festival.

Our school is non-denominational and open to children of all cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds. Tacoma Waldorf School strives to make Waldorf Education available to all families who value it, regardless of financial circumstances. Tacoma Waldorf School is a non- profit 501(c) 3.



Long Range Vision for Tacoma Waldorf School

As we continue fulfilling the mission of Tacoma Waldorf School, we look at the growth and future of our school.

  • We see a healthy, thriving school enrollment ranging from infants through middle school and representing the wonderful diversity of our wider community.
  • We see a connected and supportive collection of graduates who demonstrate our reputation for excellence.
  • We see an extended variety of summer and specialty offerings enhancing our rigorous academic work.
  • We see TWS connecting and partnering with the greater Tacoma community through robust seasonal festivals and other events throughout the year.
  • We see a cohesive and supportive community for our parents, teachers, staff members, and volunteers to enjoy while supporting the school’s mission, including expanded learning opportunities for all audiences.
  • We see a strong school leadership team that builds our fiscal stability and facilitates relationships with local schools and regional Waldorf schools.
  • We see a permanent campus that is a resource for our community, including flexible space for our programming needs.
  • We see abundant opportunities to explore nature, spend time out-of-doors in age appropriate play areas, and take care of animals, including partnerships with local farms.