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 $8,500
Annual Supply Fee for Kindergarten: $400
New Student Registration: $200
Facility Fee: $250

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

Kindergarten Teacher

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.

Liz Lichtman

Office Manager, Peniston Location

Besides working as the office manager at the Waldorf School, Liz helps run a community bike shop in the upper 9th ward (called RUBARB) in which people come to work on and learn about bikes, and kids participate in an earn-a-bike program, art projects, and field trips. Before her New Orleans life, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, got her Master's degree in International Education, and explored South America and Southeast Asia. She enjoys music, food, laughter, traveling by bike, and her favorite Sunday thing to do is attending second line parades. She admires people who grow their own food, build things, and have creative minds. She's grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Waldorf School! 

Liz is currently on Maternity Leave, and her replacement has yet to be determined.