The Rudolf Steiner School Basel has two classes per year from year 1 to 13, 6 kindergartens and 2 playgroups for a total of around 700 children. The school’s supplementary childcare is open to children from kindergarten to year 6 and also provides a school lunch. We currently have 126 employees and teachers sharing 72 full-time jobs.

All the teachers help run the school

Self-governance and school organisation

The school is a non-profit association legally and financially managed by the school board. The staff and teachers govern the school in conferences for pedagogy, administration and school governance. There are also conferences for the different levels; kindergarten, the junior level (years 1–6), the middle level (years 7–9) and secondary level (years 10–13). Canton Basel-Stadt has licensed and supervises the school in accordance with the Education Act. The school is a member of the Swiss Private School Register and develops its school organisation subject to quality management with external evaluation.

Parents collaborate with the school

Parents collaborate with the school. The school board is composed of parents and teachers. Parent’s also run the parental contributions committee and arrange the school’s financing. The parent’s association coordinates the parents ‘interests vis-à-vis the school.

Proactive management of conflicts

The Rudolf Steiner School Basel considers complaints and conflict as an opportunity to improve and grow. So, we have established a mediation service, a violence-prevention plan, a code for intervention and a complaint management service.

One fee per family

School fees

The Rudolf Steiner School Basel is financed by parental contributions which are income-related. Parents usually pay the same amount no matter how many children they have in the school. In this model families with higher incomes support those with lower incomes. Ideally any child should be able to attend a Waldorf school – regardless of the parent’s income.

School financing

The school’s expenditures amount to around CHF 7 million a year. Most of the income is from school fees from the 480 families with children attending, but some comes from events and donations. The average family contribution is CHF 1,200 per month, the average contribution per pupil is CHF 835. In Switzerland the cantons usually offer no, or very limited, financial support to pupils attending a Waldorf school.

Integrative secondary school

A bridge to baccalaureate, technical college and university

Years 10 to 12 are an integrative secondary school (IMS) where you can qualify with the IMS B and IMS F certificates. The IMS B certificate qualifies you to enter an apprenticeship and dispenses you from the general education subjects at vocational school. The IMS F certificate qualifies you for technical colleges and colleges of applied science with which transfer agreements have been concluded. In August 2016 we started a year 13 class which prepares students for the Federal baccalaureate exams.

The first Waldorf school in Switzerland

Co-ed, no repetition of years, early foreign languages – since 1926

In 1919 Basel’s Minister of Education Fritz Hauser invited Rudolf Steiner to give a public lecture on educational theory and in 1924 he issued the school a licence. And in 1926 the first Swiss Waldorf school opened at Lindenhofstrasse 9 – with three classes and 30 pupils. Right from the start girls and boys were in mixed classes, studied the same subjects and completed the same number of school years and lessons. And English and French were taught right from the first year. In 1931 the school moved to a larger building at the Engelgasse 9 and in 1967 to the new premises on the Jakobsberg. The school has had two classes per year, years 1 to 12 since 1973.

One of over 1,000 schools worldwide

There are 28 Waldorf schools and 80 kindergartens in Switzerland, attended by around 6,300 pupils from 4,500 families. The pre-school program consists of 48 playgroups, 16 nurseries und 20 parent-child groups. Globally, there are around 1,000 Waldorf schools, 2,000 kindergartens and more than 60 training courses for teaching staff.