Kindergarten (and Pre-K)

Age guidelines 

3 years and 8 months to 6 years

Dates and times 

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 8:30am to 1:00pm, and Thu 8:30am to 12:30pm.

Extended Day Program is available 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Thu 12:30 to 2:00pm.

Program details 

A play-based program for children 3 years and 8 months through 6 years of age that runs five days a week, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm (dismissal at 12:30 on Thursdays). Children must be at least 3 years and 8 months by August 15th prior to the beginning of the school year, toilet-independent, and able to comfortably be away from home for a length of time to be eligible for this program. The mixed-age group is cared for by a trained early childhood teacher and an assistant. 

The goal of the Waldorf Kindergarten is to nurture a sense of wonder and curiosity in the young child, while encouraging reverence for the goodness of life. In the loving and creative atmosphere of the Kindergarten, young children acquire the confidence and discipline they will need for the challenging academic work of grade school.

The Kindergarten program is rich in storytelling, puppetry, song, poetry, cooking, and artistic activities. Daily and weekly rhythms interwoven with seasonal celebrations support the children as they move wholeheartedly into play and learning. Crafts, handwork, games, and regular outdoor play encourage the healthy growth of the child’s body. Toys, art materials, and classroom aesthetics emphasize natural, simple materials, encouraging the child’s development of imagination.

The daily schedule includes: circle time, indoor creative play, hands-on artistic and domestic activities, snack, outdoor play, storytelling and puppetry, and lunch.

Extended Day Program for Kindergarten

This program runs from 1:00 to 3:00 (and 12:30 to 2:00pm on Thursdays) and is available to kindergarten students who can nap comfortably away from home. After soft music and stories, children are tucked into cots for quiet nap time. 

Tuition and fees specific to this program 

Tuition: $6,500 / With Extended Day $8,200
Annual Supply Fee for Kindergarten: $400

For forms and info about all school application fees see our admissions process page.

Faculty and staff for Kindergarten (and Pre-K)

Heidi Anne Porter

Faculty: 
Kindergarten Teacher
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Heidi has been with Waldorf School of New Orleans since 2002. After participating in several meetings and events designed to promote Waldorf education in New Orleans, she was honored and delighted to be offered the task of creating the school’s kindergarten, which began welcoming children in August of 2003. Heidi received her Waldorf Teacher Training from Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California.

Before becoming a Waldorf teacher, Heidi taught in Westchester, New York, and for seven years in Orleans Parish Public Schools, teaching children with special needs. She was awarded several grants to support her innovative work in the classroom with language development and young children. After becoming a mother, Heidi left the classroom for a few years. She ran a small childcare program in her home for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. She also created and taught a dance class for toddlers and their parents.

Heidi’s son attended Waldorf School of New Orleans for nine years. Heidi believes that her job as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher offers her the perfect opportunity to indulge in her love of storytelling, child development, sewing, gardening, singing, dancing, community building, and working with parents.

Brian Dorsam

Faculty: 
Pre-K/Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
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Brian Fabry Dorsam received his Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from Bard College and is currently in pursuit of his Master of Arts degree in English from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English. He began working at the Waldorf School of New Orleans in 2009 as the after-care coordinator, a substitute teacher, and student aid. He has taught in the kindergarten since 2010. Brian is a co-founder and Artistic Director of the New Orleans-based theater group, Skin Horse. When he gets a moment, he enjoys reading about astrophysics, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience.