Our School

At the Emerson Waldorf School, the unique gifts and contributions of each child are honored through a developmentally appropriate curriculum that educates a student’s body, mind, and spirit. Children are guided to develop compassion and reverence for themselves and the world community.


Inspiring Innovation

High School

Emerson Waldorf High School provides a balanced, challenging curriculum grounded in the classics and engaged in the modern world. Our students become active learners and creative, flexible thinkers with the confidence to face the complex challenges of our interconnected world. 

Developing potential

Grade School

Grade School children are inspired deeply by their feelings and by the beauty of the world around them. Participating in music, art, movement, and drama allows a student to explore academic concepts through their imagination and body, thereby, developing a deeper connection to the material.  

Encouraging Curiosity

Early Childhood

A Waldorf Early Childhood classroom welcomes the child to a day filled with imagination and inspiration. Focused creative play, rich storytelling, goal-oriented will activities, and healthy social interactions provide the foundation for future academic excellence and personal well-being.


“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.”


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Our Location

Situated on 54 wooded acres in Chapel Hill, NC, Emerson Waldorf is located 20 minutes from downtown Durham and RDU Airport and 35 minutes from Raleigh.  This rapidly growing area known as "The Triangle" is home to three major research universities, a rich cultural life and the largest high tech research and science park in North America, Research Triangle Park.


Schedule a tour

Personal tours are available weekdays with Enrollment Director, Grayce Curry. See our students in the classroom, our beautiful campus and get a glimpse of life at EWS!

EWS Community

The festival life at Waldorf is unique, simple and reverent. Families enjoy building community through the school-wide festivals, programs and cultural activities enjoyed throughout the year.

Make a Donation

The Emerson Fund helps to bridge the gap between tuition and the cost of educating a child at EWS.  Each year, 100% of our Board members donate to The Emerson Fund, as well as most of our parent body, faculty, staff, alumni, grandparents, and friends.