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International Students

Each year, high school aged students from all over the world — from Asia to Europe to South America — embark on their high school careers with us. We value the cultural diversity and the individual gifts international students bring to our community.

Kimberton Waldorf School, founded in 1941, is the second-oldest Waldorf School in North America. Our school is located in Kimberton, Pennsylvania, on a 425-acre campus with rolling hills, a biodynamic dairy farm, a bubbling creek, a rich forest, and beautiful buildings. Nestled in farm country, yet only 40 minutes from the vibrant city of Philadelphia, our region is rich in cultural activities, history, entertainment, and outdoor recreation.

Our international student program allows high school students to step into a different culture while continuing their education, and has many wonderful features:

  • A safe and inclusive community, caring faculty and staff, individual attention, easy to navigate campus, and excellent academic programs.

  • Opportunities for students to develop social, spiritual, and leadership skills by taking part in music, theatre, athletics, clubs, outdoor exploration, and community service.

  • A unique chance to meet new friends, gain proficiency in another language, and learn more about themselves and the world around them.

  • Students stay with host families, who have a special interest in cross-cultural exchange, and look forward to opening their hearts and their homes.

To learn more about Kimberton Waldorf School, including further information on Waldorf Education, please click here. If you are interested in learning more about our international student program, please contact Elisabeth Burgess at or 610.933.3635.

Visiting International Students

The high school hosts a number of exchange and international students each year. Most of them come in 10th grade, some come in 11th grade, and we’ve even have some come back in their senior year to graduate with the class they’ve grown so close to. It’s a wonderful whirl of activities, accents, and cultures. The students who are here as exchange students have the benefit of staying with a student their own age, and our Kimberton student will return the favor of an extended stay later on in the year. However, every year we have a number of students who come here without a formal exchange. Some stay for 3-4 months, some for the whole year, and if we are really lucky, we convince one or two to extend for another year.

We could not do this without the wonderful Kimberton families who have graciously opened their hearts and homes to these young people. Please contact Elisabeth Burgess for more details, if you are interested in hosting ().


What our international students are saying...

“As soon as you enter the school everyone gives you the feeling that you are a member of the big Waldorf family.”

“There was no day where I wasn’t excited to go to school and meet all of my friends. Every day had something new, something to learn from or to show other people.”

“I took part in so many things and went to many places. Together with my class I went to Virginia on the Odyssey trip, I also went to California, Maryland, New York City, and North Carolina.”

“Every main lesson block that I took part in was amazing. It was so interesting…I had so much fun working on my main lesson book.”

“Kimberton Waldorf School is probably the best school where I have ever been and is my new second home.”

What others are saying...

“We are so appreciative that we found Kimberton Waldorf School. It has built our son as a confident, dependent, enterprising, and passionate young man.”
- Xue Ping, parent of an international student from Beijing, China
“After 28 years, I am still excited to come to school each day. I feel so lucky to work in a place where children are happy and love to learn, and where teachers share an educational philosophy based on a timeless understanding of child development.”
- Kevin Hughes, Dean of School
“What a wonderful experience it was to learn from these young people and to teach them and share with them the habits and nuances of American life.”
Allyn Weiser, host mother

Notes from our current international students...

We are five international students that have come to America to visit the 10th grade of Kimberton Waldorf School. We came here to improve our English and learn about the American culture. We have had a wonderful experience and made a lot of friends. We want to thank Kimberton Waldorf School for such a cool experience and all the support they gave us as international students.

My name is Johann and I’m from Germany. I live in Freiburg in the very south of Germany. I was very excited to come here. I am so glad to be here, because it is such a nice experience for me. Until now I learned so much and I saw many new things. America is very different from Germany, but I like it. I am so happy that I came to America, because I met a lot of new friends and a really nice family. I hope I will see all these people in my life again.  I recommend to every student to go on an exchange, because you learn so much for your life. And it is so good to speak English, because you need it everywhere.

I’m from Mexico and I’ve been in a Waldorf school all my life. Since I was in 5th grade I dreamt to go to another country. So when I knew about the opportunity to come here I got very excited. Here I’ve learned so many things and I’m so thankful for all the American experience. I have met so many friends and new people and I’m sure we will see each other again and I will remember KWS as my home and all the people here as my family.  I recommend this school as a very good opportunity to improve your English and learn about a different culture.

I am from Witten in Germany. I always wanted to go to school in America. So I decided to go in 10th grade. I was really excited to come here and experience the Waldorf school in America. I am glad that I had the opportunity to come here, to improve my English, meet new people, and make friends from the other end of the world. I want to thank everybody who supported me here and especially my family, that they hosted me and provided me with a wonderful experience.

I am a German international student that came in the beginning of 10th grade, and I am staying the whole year. I came to this school because my dad came here when he was in 11th grade. I am very glad that he made this happen for me. I also want to thank Mrs. Burgess, the German teacher and manager for the international and exchange students at this school, who found my nice host family for me. All the people that I met here have been really nice to me and helped me to find my way into Waldorf education, especially Anna and Simeon who really helped me by explaining words to me in the beginning. I really recommend this school for everyone who wants to do an exchange program. I really hope I can visit this class again during a break.