National Survey of Waldorf High School Graduates

The number of U.S. Waldorf high schools has doubled since the year 2000. What does survey data tell us about the growing pool of graduates?

While every high school is unique (and we think ours is extra special), a few interesting nuggets were revealed in a 2019 survey conducted by the Research Institute for Waldorf Education. The survey mirrored polling by the National Association of Independent Schools.

Careers: Graduates pursue a greater variety of fields than their independent school counterparts and have higher numbers in science and technology.

Advanced Degrees: With the exception of business and administration, Waldorf graduates pursue post-collegiate degrees in greater percentages across subjects surveyed: sciences (combined S.T.E.M. and social/behavioral), arts and humanities, and health.

Portrait of a Waldorf Graduate

  • 98% attend college
  • 95% feel prepared for college/university
  • 99% feel prepared by their education to be creative/innovative

Top Colleges with Waldorf Grads
Bennington College
Columbia University
New York University
Northeastern University
Oberlin College
Reed College
Sarah Lawrence College
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Skidmore College
University of Toronto

Source: Research Institute for Waldorf Education 2019. Survey included 39 high schools and roughly 1,000 respondents.

Photos: Scott Chernis

Selah Mitchell accepts her diploma at graduation
Moonoka Begah speaks at graduation
Logan Flynn on stage at graduation