Tuition and Fees




The decision to invest in an independent school education is a significant one for most families and can have a profound impact on your child’s future. 

At Asheville Waldorf School, we are inspired by the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education. We emphasize the importance of viewing school tuition not as a transaction to purchase a commodity, but as a contribution to provide a stable environment in which true learning may transpire.  As families we contribute to the stability and growth of our school in many ways—through program fees, fundraising contributions, volunteer support and spreading the word about Asheville Waldorf School. Parent participation is an integral part of the culture of our school.

 Asheville Waldorf School uses Tier-based Tuition Structure

This Tier-based system was created based on the following goals:

  • To achieve long-term financial sustainability of our school
  • To create a more robust and fair financial aid system for all
  • To ensure continued accessibility to all families currently part of our school  
  • To continue our progress in making Waldorf Education accessible to children of all socio-economic backgrounds

We know our new structure and process can help us collectively achieve these goals and intentions of sustainability and accessibility  in alignment with the mission, vision, values, and strategic plan of our Asheville Waldorf School community.

2024-25 Tuition

Over  10 months

2-day Bridge Class $4,300


3-day Nursery $6,043


Half-Day Mixed-Age EC




Mixed-Age EC 



Grades 1-5 $14,950


Grades 6, 7, & 8 $15,450


Tiered TuitionTuition Assistance

Asheville Waldorf School offers financial assistance in the form of a tiered tuition model for families unable to pay the full tuition. This is available to families with children enrolled in Five Day Nursery, Kindergarten and Grades classes.  For more information please read our page on Tuition Assistance. 

Financial Policies 2024-25

AWS utilizes the following programs to support the admissions, enrollment, financial aid, and billing processes. Please note the important due dates. Financial Policies 2024-25


Additional Fees

Application Fee

$50 per application

New Student Enrollment Fee

Bridge Class: $200

Nursery: $400

Kindergarten: $500

Grades 1-8: $500

Returning Student Enrollment Fee

Nursery 2-5 days: $300

Kindergarten: $300

Grades 1-8: $300

Sibling discount

If your family is paying Tier I or Tier II Tuition, you qualify for our  NEW Sibling discount: 

  • One child – full Tier (I or II) Tuition cost 
  • Second child – 5% off
  • Third child (or fourth, fifth, etc) – 10% off

If you believe that the lack of funds would determine whether or not your child could attend our program, we encourage you to apply for tuition assistance. To participate in tuition assistance a family is expected to hold the Waldorf philosophy high on its list of financial priorities. The primary responsibility for financing a students independent schooling rests with the family. Because of the high demand for assistance, families are advised to seek additional resources prior to applying for financial aid. An adjustment is not intended to support discretionary items such as after school activities, luxury items, a second home or investment portfolios.

We use TADS, a nationally recognized education service to evaluate a family’s financial situation.  This ensures your privacy as well as an objective evaluation.  TADS will charge you a non-refundable fee of $42 (per family) for this service. 

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Educating the whole child, in mind, body, and spirit,  

for a life of continuous learning

and meaningful engagement with the world.


89 Old Candler Town Road
Candler, NC 28715


Main office: 828.575.2557



376 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803


Asheville Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or national origin in its employment policies, educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.