Admissions Process 

The instructions below will guide you through the admissions process. 


Step One: Open House or a Tour


The best way to know if Spring River is a good fit for your family is to attend an open house or a personal or group tour.  During the school year, there will be a link below that will help you schedule a tour with a member of our staff. During summer months tours will not be possible so please contact our Program Director for more information. Our admissions process begins by allowing parents to learn about our Waldorf-inspired outdoor education and to experience it firsthand by exploring our classrooms and watching the students engage their heads, hands, and hearts as they learn.  A tour will help you to determine if Spring River’s unique approach to education is compatible with your child’s learning style.


Step Two: Application 

The second step in the admissions process is to complete and submit the application form and pay the application fee.  


For Returning Families, including Playgarden Families

Re-enrollment for returning families opens on February 1, 2022.   Applications for returning & Playgarden families are due by February 14, 2022, if those families wish to receive priority status.   Priority is given to returning students.


Applicants who applied by February 14th are notified of decisions by March 4th.  To reserve your child’s space, the completed financial contract and deposit are due by March 11, 2022.


Application for New Families

Enrollment for new families opens on February 15, 2022.  Applications received on this date or after will be processed on a first come first serve basis. Once your child has been accepted into the program, the completed financial contract and deposit are due within seven days of receiving a financial contract from the admission office.


Step Three: Teacher Interview/Classroom Visits

Prospective students for all our programs may be invited to spend a day (or more) in the classroom for which they are applying. Due to COVID concerns, trial days will take place as determined appropriate by the teacher.


During a class visit, your child will fully participate in all classes and activities, providing a complete immersion into our curriculum.  Parents do not attend the classroom visits, allowing the child to experience the program as he or she would as a Spring River student.  After the visit, parents may receive a request to participate in a follow-up meeting with the teacher and/or our Program Director.


Students applying to Spring River after the school year has ended may be invited to attend a meeting with the teacher or program administrator and/or be requested to participate in a classroom visit once school has resumed.  


​The final decision to accept a child into the class is made by the class teacher.  The decision is based on many factors, including an evaluation of the classroom visit, a review of any relevant records from schools or other programs, parent conferences, and the needs of the current class. Parents will be informed of the decision in a timely fashion.



If a class has reached capacity, prospective students will be considered for the waitlist.  If a vacancy occurs, the child will be invited for a classroom visit with the same guidelines applied as described above.