Apply for Early Childhood

Preschool & Kindergarten

Please follow the steps below to apply for our Early Childhood program. If you are applying for multiple children, you only need to complete Step 1 (the online application form) once. If you are also submitting applications for students in Lower School or High School, please consult the pages that describe Applying for First GradeApplying for Lower School and Applying for High School to learn about the different required supplemental materials and interview processes.

Please note: Children must be potty-trained before they join our preschool or kindergarten classes.  Children joining the Sunfower Nursery do not need to be fully potty-trained.

1. Apply

Complete and submit our online application by clicking below. You only need to fill out one application per family; the form will give you the option to submit information for multiple applicants.

2. Pay

Submit a $75 nonrefundable application fee per student applying. The fee may be paid online by credit card at the link below, or by mailing a check with the applicant’s name in the memo line to: Portland Waldorf School, Attn: Admissions, 2300 SE Harrison Street, Milwaukie OR 97222-7527

3. Supplemental Materials

If your child has already been in a school environment, please download and print our Early Childhood Confidential Teacher Recommendation form (below), and give it to your child’s teacher to complete and return directly to our office.

If PWS will be your child’s first school experience, there is no need to complete the form.

4. Next Steps

After you have submitted the online application, application fee, and the confidential teacher evaluation, your application is complete and you can look forward to these next steps…

Family Interview

After we have received a complete application, one of our teachers will contact you to schedule a family interview. This meeting allows the teacher to become acquainted with your family and gives parents the opportunity to ask questions.

Admissions Decision

Following the family interview, our admissions office will notify your family of the admissions decision based on the application materials and meeting with the teachers.


If the student is accepted, our Business Office will contact you to complete the enrollment process through TADS (our online tuition & contract management service). At this point, you will also be notified of any tuition adjustment awards, if applicable.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact:

Portland Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships, tuition assistance programs, staff hiring, or other school programs.