Potomac Crescent Waldorf School offers Parent & Child classes through 4th Grade. In 2015, we will move to our new location and offer the 5th Grade. Potomac Crescent Waldorf School is devoted to educating children according Rudolf Steiner’s insights and pedagogy. We educate the whole child: head, heart, and hands. The individual child is at the center of all we do. In the pre-school we prepare the child for schoolwork by encouraging healthy play. In the grade school, our teachers aim to allow each child to grow gradually and naturally into the subjects they study, because then they will love what they learn. Committed to serve and reflect our locality of northern Virginia near the District of Columbia, the faculty work together as colleagues to allow the Waldorf approach to provide each child with a future-oriented education, in which lasting capacities and skills will serve the student for life.


PCWS realizes its vision through these actions:
~ We educate each individual child according to age and developmental stage so that learning and growth are united. ~ In each school day our teachers employ the curriculum to address the child’s whole being: the mind, the artistic life, and the physical skills.~ Our teachers are dedicated to preserving and protecting the innate senses of wonder and reverence in childhood.~ We hire Waldorf-trained teachers.~ We are eager to welcome and serve families of all races, creeds, and economic levels.~ As we educate children, we welcome and encourage families to become involved and participate in our school’s governing, fiscal, and social life. ~ As colleagues we strive to honor one another’s work and gifts and to hold one another to the highest professional standards in order to create a healthy community of teachers and administrators around the children we are entrusted with educating.~ We take seriously the sustainable care of the Earth and of Nature in the fulfillment of our mission.

Our History

The Northern Virginia Waldorf School Initiative was founded in 1998 by a group of Waldorf teachers and parents seeking to establish a Waldorf school in northern Virginia. The group met regularly for study and planning while a site search began in earnest. Its first parent-child classes were held in private homes. After three years of search, the initiative was able to rent space in the education wing of the Mount Vernon Baptist Church, its present location. The school has a wonderful working relationship with the church. After 15 years at this location, we are preparing for our move in the Summer of 2015. Our new home will be in the education wing at Fairlington Presbyterian Church at 3846 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. This new location will allow us to finally expand our elementary school to the 5th grade.

Our Community

Enrolling in the Potomac Crescent Waldorf School is more than sending your child off to school each morning. Parents are welcomed to the school with the same warmth as their children. This year, the school enrollment numbers nearly 80 children coming from almost 60 families. Our parents are active community members, staffing task groups for such needs as parent and community education, development, outreach, parent association, and community events. Our handwork group meets weekly to work on items to sell at our annual Fall Festival, a holiday sale, and at other venues in the area.

Our School Organization

Potomac Crescent Waldorf School is a faculty-administered school; all the teachers on staff participate in making pedagogical decisions and determining school policy. The Faculty Chairperson serves as a pedagogical resource and guide for the teachers, and is available to help resolve issues that extend beyond the class-room level. The Board of Directors, composed of community members, Faculty, and parents, deals primarily with the legal and financial matters pertaining to the school.

We are licensed by Arlington County and the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are full members of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America ((WECAN)) and have developing school membership in the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). Our faculty are Waldorf trained. PCWS is a non-profit corporation and is an IRS registered charitable tax-exempt organization. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

The Northern Virginia Waldorf School Initiative (NVWSI) dba Potomac Crescent Waldorf School does not discriminate by race, color, ethnic or national origin, or religion in its admissions, administrative, financial aid or any policies. The school is a non-profit corporation with tax-exempt status under IRS Code 501 c(3)


Located in the northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area, Potomac Crescent Waldorf School is an independent kindergarten and grade school offering a Waldorf curriculum true to the principles of Rudolph Steiner’s educational philosophies of experiential learning and age-appropriate activities that foster a lifelong love of learning.