Welcome to
Portland Waldorf School!


We are Oregon’s only Waldorf school serving students from parent/child classes through high school.

Portland Waldorf School

Mission & Core Values

Approved by College of Teachers February 28, 2019
Approved by Board January 28, 2019


Portland Waldorf School educates children for the whole of life in order to uplift humanity. Out of the insights of anthroposophy, the school nurtures the imagination, cultivates the intellect, and recognizes the unique spirit of each child in the community. In this way, children are surrounded by striving adults and strengthened individually and socially to meet the challenges of life. Students emerge as creative, independent thinkers who meet the world with initiative and purpose.

Portland Waldorf School embraces the opportunity to serve children and their families from all walks of life, from infancy through high school, building on Rudolf Steiner’s transformative vision of the human being to educate toward a more equitable and sustainable society.

Portland Waldorf School, a 7-acre campus comprising wetlands, fields, streams, and gardens, stands at the intersection of city and country, drawing its strength from easy access to river and island, as well as farmland, forest, public transit and urban environments. From this diversity of experience its heart beats – where history meets innovation, culture meets nature, and family meets community.

Portland Waldorf School celebrates 36 continuous years of dedication to its mission.



  1. Educate the whole self to be healthy and balanced
  2. Honor place and care for our home
  3. Nurture relationship and care for humanity
  4. Connect with spirit through reverence and seeking our true purpose

PWS is a proud member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN).






“In Waldorf schools, the elements of festival—light, food, song and story—permeate the weekly school rhythm; but the cadence of the year receives its form through annual festivals of nature and humanity. We celebrate in ways that foster wonder, reverence and gratitude and nourish the future capacity to respond—to be responsible for and among the human community.” (Adapted by a beautiful offering from our friends at the Eugene Waldorf School)


Faculty & Staff

Meet the people who bring our education to life!


Phone: (503) 654-2200
Fax: (503) 652-5162
2300 SE Harrison St.
Milwaukie, OR 97222-7527