Shining Star Waldorf School Application

Upon contacting Shining Star Waldorf School and expressing interest in our school, you will be invited to the next Open House or to schedule an appointment for a tour if it’s not during enrollment season. After your tour, you will be given an application to complete and return with your $50 application fee.

Once your application is received, you will be contacted by the teacher of the appropriate grade. The teacher will work with you to schedule an interview to meet you and your child and explain more about the school. If this occurs during the school year your child may be invited for a 3-day trial visit where they will attend class and get to experience a week of school. If there are openings, the teacher and family will decide if Shining Star is a good fit and the child may then be invited to join the class.

After your visit and the teacher has accepted your child, you will be given an Enrollment Contract with tuition and fee information and an Emergency Medical form to complete and return. Prior to the first official day of school, all paperwork must be completed and fees paid.  A deposit of 10% of the yearly tuition amount is due upon signing our Enrollment Contract.

Please be aware that by signing our Enrollment Contract, you are committing to the full tuition as agreed upon for the school year.



WILD NEST - 5 years and younger (Enrollment beginning August 2018)

We have a fantastic outdoor program, Wild Nest, led by naturalist/Waldorf teacher Elisabeth Neely. The program is offered Friday mornings from 9:30 am to 12 noon for children five years and younger, with their parents, to spend time outdoors, year round. Please contact for more information and to obtain an application.


Friday Nature Immersion Program

Led by April Blair, Nature Immersion takes place at various outdoor locations around the Portland Metro area on Fridays from 9 am - 3 pm. Tuition is $1100 per year. For more information, contact



3 days (Monday-Wednesday) -- $4715 per year, $250 materials fee

4 days (Monday-Thursday) -- $5535 per year, $275 materials fee


1ST GRADE (9AM-1:30PM):

4 days (Monday-Thursday) -- $5535 per year,  $300 materials fee

Fridays offered through our off-site Nature Immersion program.


2ND-8TH GRADES (9AM-3:10PM):

4 days (Monday-Thursday) -- $7120 per year,  $300 materials fee

Fridays offered through our off-site Nature Immersion program.



  • A non-refundable $50 application fee is due with your application.

  • Enrolling requires a 10% deposit to ensure your child’s space.

  • One time Flute fee: $70 grades 1-3, $90 grades 4-8.

  • Sibling Discount 10%.

  • Paying in full for the year, 3% tuition discount.

  • Aftercare is available until 5 pm.

  • Part-time schedules available upon request and availability.


We offer financial aid in the form of a partial tuition reduction for needy families on a first come, first served basis. Overall it amounts to 7-9% of total tuition for the school. Optimally tuition reduction is a temporary situation as families strive to arrange priorities and situations in order to pay the full tuition for their children. Applicants must submit a copy of their past year’s IRS tax statements and a letter of need. If financial assistance is approved an offer will be determined by committee and communicated to the family for acceptance.

Families currently attending our school must submit applications for tuition reduction by April 1 of each calendar year to be considered.  About 3% of our families applied for tuition reduction in 2016/17.  The average reduction was 20% of each family’s tuition.