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The Denver Waldorf School welcomes international students from around the world during the high school years. In recent years we have had students attend our school from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Croatia, England, Germany, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Vietnam.

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International students appreciate the intimate size of our high school, the inclusive culture and our excellent teachers and curriculum.Our high school program is a for degree-seeking, full-time students.

If you are interested in coming to our school through a short-term cultural exchange, please see our Exchange Student Admissions page instead.

How our International Program Works

Our high school program is a for degree-seeking, full-time students in grades 9 through 12.

International students may come at the beginning of the school year in August or mid-year in January.

DWS requires a Skype interview during which students will be assessed for their ability to communicate in English.

DWS does not provide housing for international students. Proof of housing and guardian arrangements is required at time of enrollment.

DWS requires tuition payment at time of enrollment.

DWS requires proof of international health insurance at time of enrollment.

DWS requires all students records be translated to English at time of enrollment.

Students are responsible for registration fee, visa fee, all travel expenses and any expenses associated with additional programs outside of the normal school day, such as sports and clubs.

The Denver Waldorf School is an approved SEVIS school and is authorized to help facilitate the process of obtaining F-1 visas and I-20s once a student has been accepted to our school.

Information, Steps & Requirements:

  1. Degree-seeking international students may come for one or more semesters from 9th grade through 12th grade. To achieve the maximum benefit, we prefer that students attend for a minimum of one school year.
  2. The student may be required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam and score a minimum of 45 if questions of fluency arise during the interview process. This is to ensure the student can participate successfully in classes taught in English. Please note our TOEFL ID is 6071.
  3. ESL (English as a Second Language) classes will be required for students who score between a 45 and a 94 on the TOEFL. Additionally, if a student scores above a 94 and is generally exempt from ESL but begins to struggle in a class because of the language barrier, we may strongly recommend this tutoring at that time. ESL is offered at various times during the school day and after school by appointment. The cost is $40 per hour.
  4. The student will need to apply to our high school as an international student and pay a $150 application fee. This application includes student and parent questionnaires, the TOEFL exam score (if required), teacher letters of reference, and an agreement to follow our school’s media policy, dress code, drug and alcohol policies as well as all local laws. If a host family is needed, the student’s parents must also sign a document giving authority to the host parents to act as the parental authority while the student is staying in their home.
  5. Immunization records are required. Records must be translated into English and show the date (month, day, year) of each vaccine. A Colorado State immunization exemption may be needed as well if submitted records do not include dates of immunizations required for school entry in Colorado.
  6. Prospective students should also compile a portfolio of academic and artistic work and send this to the Admissions Office, following our portfolio guidelines.
  7. When all relevant paperwork has been received, we will arrange a Skype interview with the student, his/her parents/guardians and our High School Chair.
  8. The Waldorf education system is an international system with more than 1,000 schools worldwide. We strongly encourage prospective families to research the Waldorf curriculum, as our teaching methods and mission are different than many current American public or private independent schools.

Please Note: Priority will be given to international students and their siblings staying more than one year. Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to apply; paper applications available by request.

For enrollment questions, please contact Admissions Director Brie Kaiser at admissions@denverwaldorf.org or 303-777-0531 x106.