Our School

Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, located in Newtown, Connecticut, offers authentic, accredited Waldorf education spanning parent-child classes through pre-k, elementary, and middle school, as well as after-school programs, extended care, day summer camp, and many lectures and community events.

While Waldorf Education turned 100 in 2019, we remain the only Waldorf grade school in Connecticut. Our families travel from across Connecticut including Newtown, Bethel, and Danbury, CT, as well as Westchester County, New York to attend our independent day school.

To learn more about all the programs our private school offers or to enroll your child, please feel free to inquire with our admissions office today. We look forward to meeting you and your child!

Our Mission

To provide a lasting education that cultivates resilient and creative human beings who are capable of free thinking, confident action, and deep connections with others and the world.



Our History

Land Acknowledgement

Housatonic Valley Waldorf School is located in Newtown, CT, traditional homeland of the Pootatuck people, a subgroup of the Paugussett Nation.

In April 1989 a small group of parents met to discuss opening a kindergarten.

The seeds of our school were planted on April 12, 1989 when a small group of parents first met in New Milford, CT to discuss opening a Waldorf-based kindergarten. The following January, a weekly playgroup began in New Milford, and within the year grew into a three-day nursery-kindergarten known as Star Meadow. In October 1990 the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School Association, Inc. was formed with the goal of adding a Waldorf grade school. With expansion and several more moves, HVWS finally settled into its own campus in the western part of Newtown, CT. We remain the only Waldorf grade school in Connecticut.


We are proud to have earned the use of the title Waldorf® School.

We are fully accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN), the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA).

Waldorf is a registered service mark of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and used by agreement of membership in AWSNA.

Non-discrimination Policy

The Housatonic Valley Waldorf School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. We do not discriminate based on religion, national origin, color, race, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or physical disability in our programs and activities or in our hiring, admissions, financial aid, or scholarship practices and policies.


At the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, we go to great lengths to engage with the surrounding community. We understand that many people are unaware of our contemporary pedagogical approach, so we’re always available to discuss the basics of a Waldorf education. Not only has this system been designed to enrich the lives of young children, but it will foster in them a lifelong passion for learning.

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The Waldorf student is a creative student, who learns how to observe and synthesize information, build personal resilience, and develop a moral compass that will guide them throughout life. Schedule a visit to explore if HVWS is the right fit for your child.