Admissions: Accessible to All

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Accessibility: a Core Value

The Waldorf educational tradition is an egalitarian one, tracing its origins to a co-ed school for factory workers’ children. When Waldorf founder Rudolph Steiner advocated freedom for education and all areas of culture (medicine, science, the arts), he didn’t just mean freedom for those with the means to choose alternatives to state schooling. He meant that all education should be free of what he called both political and economic “tyrannies”–that all families and students should be free to choose the education that best suited their desires and capacities, regardless of their class, race, gender or ability.

At the Initiative, we take Steiner’s belief in “free education” very seriously. So while in an imperfect world, educational freedom isn’t truly free, we are committed to a financial model that is social rather than market-driven. We do not turn any student away for financial reasons, and families agree on what they can pay in annual Resource Conversations. We aim to create a community that takes collective responsibility for the education of all our youth in freedom from political and economic constraints.

While we are accessible to all families, those from Vermont Sending Towns receive state funding to attend the Initiative. We encourage all families, including those from sending towns, to support us in whatever way they can through tuition and/or tax-deductible contributions that are crucial to keeping our school accessible to all.

The admissions process

We are excited to offer admissions information for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years!  Please read below for information about how to apply.  We are located in the Stokes building on the campus of Goddard College in Plainfield, VT.

Admissions Checklist:

Thank you for your interest in the Initiative! Our admissions process consists of the following steps:

  1. Please call us at 802.454.1053 to schedule a visiting day for the student applying for admission. This should ideally be an ordinary, full school day from 8:30-4:00.
  2. Please print and fill out the following applications:
    A. Student Application B. Application for Parent/GuardianNOTE: The Student Application should be completed by the student. It includes a space for three adult references of the student’s choosing, at least one of which should be someone who has had educational contact with the student within the past 12 months. We request contact information for these individuals in order to have a 20- to 30-minute conversation with them about the student. Please notify these individuals that we may be contacting them. Mail these materials to: The Initiative, PO Box 95, Plainfield, VT 05667, or scan & email to, with subject: “Application”
  3. Once your applications have been received, we will contact you to schedule an interview with both a parent/guardian & the student.
  4. Parents/Guardians will be notified of an admissions decision by mail or phone call. Upon acceptance you will receive an enrollment packet with additional information and paperwork to fill out.
  5. Admitted families then sign up for a Resource Conversation to determine how they will contribute to the Initiatives Accessible-to-All social tuition model.

If you have any questions or would like us to mail you a hard copy of the applications please contact us: or (802) 454-1053 or fill the contact form below.

Again, we are so happy you have found the Initiative, and we look forward to talking with you further!

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