History of HWS

Educating children for more than 30 years!


The Halton Waldorf School opened its first kindergarten class of 16 children in a temporary site in Campbellville in 1984. Each year thereafter a grade one class was added until the school grew to include all of the grade levels from one to eight. Throughout our pioneering stage we received great support from the Toronto Waldorf School and the Waldorf School Association of Ontario.

In 1988, several Oakville families became interested in starting a Waldorf kindergarten for their children, and worked with the Halton Waldorf School to establish a satellite classroom. This became The Lakeshore Waldorf Kindergarten, which thrived on its own for several years.

As each of the campuses expanded, the faculties and boards of Halton Waldorf School and Lakeshore Waldorf Kindergarten decided to amalgamate as the Halton Waldorf School. We opened the doors in January 2000 at our present location, 2193 Orchard Road, in northeast Burlington on a beautiful forested property.

We are not publicly funded and therefore we are a private school. We are also a non-profit charity. Our school is an inclusive community with families of diverse cultures, and within our resources, we strive to support socio-economic diversity with financial assistance for children in need.

HWS is accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and we are full members of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America. We are also members of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools.

We offer early childhood programs including a licensed preschool, junior and senior kindergarten, as well as grades one through eight.


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