Admissions

General Guidelines for Admission

Nairobi Waldorf School admits students from a range of abilities and backgrounds. We look at each child as an individual and, therefore, there can be no hard-and-fast rules for acceptance. Admission depends upon space availability, age, and an assessment of the student's physical, emotional, and intellectual development and needs.

Application Process - Apply now

In order to formally apply for a place for a student in Nairobi Waldorf School, a Student Application must be completed and submitted along with a non-refundable application fee of KShs 5,000/- per child. These must be submitted together with the application form, before the school will undertake the initial assessment of the child for admission.
We strive to honour all requests for admission, but final admission and placement decisions are based on space availability, as well as the School's/classes' ability to provide the education and support required for the individual child, which is a decision made by the teachers.
With increasing interest in Waldorf education, we are experiencing more requests for placement than there is space available, particularly in the Kindergartens. As a result, beginning in May 2013, Nairobi Waldorf School will commence with conducting interviews with parents/guardians of those requesting placement for the 2013-2014 school year. The purpose of these interviews is to ensure that the parent's expectations are congruent with what we offer as a School and in addition in the case of older students assess his/her "readiness" for the class being applied for.

Broad Criteria for Admission

Kindergarten
The Kindergartens accept children from the age of eighteen months. They are generally grouped into: toddler group - eighteen months to two-and-a-half years; playgroup - two-and-a-half to four years; and kindergarten group - four to six years.
Reception Group
Within their last year of Kindergarten, students become part of the "Reception Group". The Reception Group are given more challenging and directed activities with a focus on the development of all the pre-learning skills required to enter Primary School with additional support from the teacher. Students join the Reception Group when they are in their last school year prior to moving onto Primary School. 
Class One
Admission from Kindergarten to Primary School is not automatic. Any child turning six years of age on or prior to the 15th of August of the given year will be automatically assessed for Class One readiness during term II of the current school year. Upon successful assessment, the child will then be admitted to Class One commencing usually in late August/early September of that given year. Should a child turn six after the 15th of August, but prior to or on 15th October of a given year, upon request of the parent/ guardian, an assessment may be carried out following consultation between the respective Kindergarten teacher, the Class One readiness assessment team and the parent/guardian. Should an agreed upon assessment reveal Class One readiness for this particular child, then admission may be granted to Class One. Any child turning six years of age after the 15th of October of a given year will not be assessed for Class One readiness for that year and will not receive Class One admission for that year.
For children coming into the Waldorf Primary School from a different Kindergarten the same assessment procedure applies.
Class Two and Beyond
For students wishing to join the School in Class 2 or beyond, for optimal grade placement, a series of interviews, observations, and assessments will be made.

Admission process

For Future Kindergarten Families:
1. Submit an Application Form (see above) along with the application fee of 5,000 per child
2. If applicable, please give the Teacher Recommendation Form to your child's current teacher who will email/fax it back to us.
Once all paperwork is complete, we will schedule an interview and/or visit with the parent(s)/ guardian(s), child and the kindergarten teachers.
Age cut-off dates:
~ Toddler Group 18 months to 2 ½ years old
~ Play Group 2 ½ years old to 4 years old
~ Kindergarten 4 years old to 6 years old
~ Class 1- Children must turn 6 prior to August 15. Consideration for Class Readiness can extend to children who turn 6 before October 15th.

For Future Primary School Families:
1. Submit an Application form (see above) along with the application fee of 5,000 per child.
2. Give the Teacher Recommendation Form to your child's current teacher who will send/fax it to us.
3. Request your child's records from your current/previous school.

Once all paperwork is complete, we will schedule an interview with parent(s)/guardian(s), student and your teacher. For the Primary School, the process includes a three-day visit to the class for which they are applying. These class visits are in lieu of admissions tests. During their visit, they fully participate in all classes and activities. Parents do not attend this in-class session. A follow up parent-teacher interview is often requested.

All decisions regarding admission rest with the College of Teachers. These decisions are based on an evaluation of the child's school visit, review of the child's student records, parent conference and the needs of the existing class.

Mid-Year Enrolment
All admissions (at any time of the year) are subject to the pre-admission application and possible interview process. We will try to honour all requests for midyear placement, but final placement decisions are made by the teachers.