Apply for High School

High School

Please follow the steps below to apply for High School. 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 Early Childhood or Lower School, please consult the pages that describe Applying for Early Childhood, Applying for First Grade, and Applying for Grades 2-8 to learn about the different required supplemental materials and interview processes.

Current PWS Students: If you are currently enrolled in 8th Grade at PWS, please skip Steps 1 and 2 and proceed directly to Step 3!

International Students: If you are applying from outside the United States, please visit our International Students page for more information and a specialized application.

Early Decision: All students applying for 9th Grade in 2020-21 are eligible for our Early Decision application process. For more information, contact Malia Winn, HS Admissions Coordinator.

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

In addition to the online application form, please download and complete the following:

  • The PWHS Supplemental Application Packet (includes questionnaires for student and parent, teacher recommendation forms for two teachers to complete, and a student records release form)
  • Any reports or documentation regarding assessments, evaluations, or accommodations (please note that failure to provide this information in a complete and timely way may result in considerable delay or denial of admission)

4. Next Steps

After you have submitted the online application, application fee, complete supplemental application materials, and any assessment/evaluation/accommodation documents, your application is complete and you can look forward to these next steps…


After we have received a complete application, the Admissions Coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview. Most admission interviews will happen in a group setting, where students will spend some social time together, parents will have opportunities to meet and ask questions of teachers, and students will complete math and writing placement evaluations. Group interviews typically take 1-3 hours.

If the student has had learning accommodations in the past or may need them to be successful in their future at PWS, an additional individual conversation will be scheduled where the student and parents will meet with the Student Assistance Coordinator in order to ensure that the student’s needs can be met.

Admissions Decision

Following the interview, the admissions office will notify your family of the admissions decision.


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.