How do your graduates perform in college and in the world? Do your graduates have a life-long love of learning?

The short answer is “extremely well,” both in academics and in life.

Here are three brief articles, written by people outside the Waldorf movement, who have had the opportunity to observe Waldorf graduates. A Marin history professor has noticed an eagerness to learn and an ability to think, rather than just to learn by rote. A New York biology professor has noticed Waldorf grads approaching a scientific subject with a sense of humanity and ethics. These articles bring tears to my eyes, because these are exactly the kinds of people the world needs more of. In addition, in Germany, it has been observed unexpectedly that Waldorf grads passed the difficult “Abitur” exam at a much higher rate than those who went through the very rigorous academic German school system. 

This survey of Waldorf graduates shows that they are accepted into a wide variety of colleges and universities.

This study shows that Waldorf graduates do well not only in college, but in life. They think for themselves, value lasting human relationships, and carry high ethical principals.

This study gives some more anecdotal information about professors noticing good qualities in their college students who went through Waldorf schools. It also indicates that 91% are active in lifelong learning. In addition, 94% of Waldorf graduates attend or have attended colleges or universities, and over half of these continue on to post-graduate study.

I myself have been very impressed with the Waldorf graduates I have met. They are young people who are doing well not only in academics but perhaps more importantly, they seem well-prepared to do well in life.