Welcome to River Valley Waldorf School, situated on seven acres in beautiful Bucks County perched directly above the small river town of Upper Black Eddy, PA and the mighty Delaware. Our school is one of 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide and is part of an exciting educational movement that first began in 1919.
In 1994, we opened our first kindergarten in the woods of Quakertown, PA with about 10 families. We are now educating over 160 children from three years through 8th grade, along with a thriving parent-child program (Garden Gate) for infants, toddlers and their families. Our teachers work with the educational innovations developed by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, transforming education into an art that educates the whole child—not only the head, but the heart and the hands as well.
We see the success of our curriculum as our graduates make their journey to adulthood as creative and thoughtful young people, fulfilling our expectations that they become resilient, capable of creative and independent thought, morally astute and free to think for themselves. What is more important for young people who will soon be faced with the both the exciting opportunities and the vagaries of a 21st century global society?
Please explore our programs, travel around this website and call us to arrange a visit.
We look forward to meeting you.
1992, a group of parents formed The Waldorf Association of the Delaware River Valley.
1994, Golden Circle kindergarten was opened in a cabin in the woods south of Quakertown, PA.
1997 two graduates, Christina Hummel and Penny Green, from Sunbridge Institute arrived to shepherd this close-knit community into its next phase.
1999 Marked the addition of a first grade class with 10 students, led by the inspiring teacher, John Green.
In June of 2000 the Golden Circle community moved into its present location and opened its doors in September as River Valley School.
In 2005, River Valley earned the right to officially add ‘Waldorf’ to our name, becoming River Valley Waldorf School.
2006 we became accredited by Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS).
2007 the first cycle of eight grades was completed with five graduates!
2013 we reached the milestone of full-member accreditation with the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and simultaneously, PAIS re-accreditation.
Application Fee: A non-refundable fee of $40.00 must accompany each prospective student’s application.
Commitment Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 for each new student is due upon submission of contract. This deposit will hold a place for your child in the class. The deposit is credited toward your total tuition, and will be subtracted from your final payment.
Materials Fee: A non-refundable fee due upon submission of contract. The amount is class specific, as indicated above. This fee covers consumable items used by the children in the classroom such as arts & crafts supplies, main lesson books, as well as some special class project supplies.
Trip Fee: Grades 1 through 3 will be assessed a $50 trip fee, grades 4 through 8 will be assessed $75. The first $50 each year will accrue in each class account to be used for class trips at the discretion of the class teacher. The additional $25 in the older grades will accrue to be used for the 8th grade year-end trip. The trip fee is non-refundable and is due upon submission of the contract.
Tuition Assurance Plan: For those electing either the Standard or Budget payment plans, participation in the Tuition Assurance Plan is required and will be invoiced upon receipt of the contract and deposit. Those selecting the Lump Sum payment plan may also elect to participate. This is a $200 fee ($100 for Nursery program), which protects you and the school in the event that you withdraw your child prior to fulfilling the obligation of the enrollment contract. Tuition is non-refundable. However, by participating in this plan you may request forgiveness of a prorated amount of your contractual obligation to the school, according to the terms of the plan.