Admissions Process

The instructions below will guide you through the admissions process. 


Step One

The first step in the admissons process is to complete and submit the application form and pay the application fee.  Applications for returning families, including Playgarden Families, are due by March 3rd.   Priority is given to returning families.  Applications for new families are due by March 15th.   After this date you may want to contact us to determine space availability.


Step Two

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 personal tour.  Our admissions process begins by allowing parents to learn about our Waldorf-inspired education and to experience it firsthand by exploring our classrooms and watching the students engage their heads, hands, and hearts as they learn.  The tour will help you to determine if Spring River’s unique approach to education is compatible with your child’s learning style.

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 administrator.

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 decision to accept a child into the class is made by the class teacher(s).  The decision is based on many factors, to include an evaluation of the visit, 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.


Step 3

Applicants who applied by March 15th are notified of decisions by April 1st.  To reserve your child’s space, the completed financial contract and deposit are due by April 15th.


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.