For more information contact: Lisabeth Abt Pieters 716-655-2029


Aurora Waldorf School Completes First Year of New City Scholarship Program

Six students from “Persistently Lowest Achieving” Buffalo Schools Now Enrolled at AWS


May 26, 2015: West Falls, New York – A new scholarship program at Aurora Waldorf School (AWS) has just completed its first year of implementation thanks to a generous anonymous donor.  Six students in kindergarten to grade 3 who had previously attended “persistently lowest achieving” (PLA) Buffalo city schools are now AWS students all the way through eighth grade.  As part of the school’s mission to foster social responsibility in its students, AWS and the donor have partnered to begin this initiative as a direct reflection of that mission.


The anonymous donor wished to give students in the city of Buffalo who could not afford a private school the opportunity to receive a rigorous education, in a stimulating and developmentally-appropriate environment. The donation helps to cover all expenses, including tuition, bus transportation from the city, lunch, and all fees and supplies.


One parent whose child is part of the program said, “This school is amazing! All [my son’s] needs are being met, and he’s so happy to be playing outside!” Another noted that her daughter comes home with a story every day, and “loves all her friends and teachers”.


According to Dr. Will Keresztes, Buffalo Public Schools’ Associate Superintendent for Educational Services, “Aurora Waldorf School is unique among independent schools in creating a scholarship specifically intended to reach out to Buffalo’s low-income students.  This school has heart!”


AWS is currently seeking donors to be able to expand the program to include a new group of Buffalo kindergarten students whose parents have requested transfers out of “PLA” schools.  For more information and to become involved in this program, contact Jane Ried, Admissions Director at (716)655-2029.



About Aurora Waldorf School:  Aurora Waldorf (AWS) an independent school celebrating nearly 25 years of teaching the Right Lesson at the Right Time, offers a rigorous curriculum including an outstanding program of movement, fine and practical arts, daily outdoor play, music, handwork and foreign language.  AWS is located only minutes from East Aurora and Orchard Park on a 13-acre campus that contains large playing fields, woods, streams, playgrounds and gardens.  AWS is the only private, coeducational and non-sectarian school in the Southtowns that offers education for children from pre-school through 8th grade. One of over 900 Waldorf schools in 53 countries affiliated with the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, AWS is located at 525 West Falls Road in the Village of West Falls.  Students come from 14 WNY school districts. There is bus service for students in the city of Buffalo and northern suburbs. Distinctive, proven educational methods have made Waldorf the fastest growing independent school movement in the world. Students at AWS play outdoors and indoors every day with joyful, purposeful engagement through the arts and hands-on projects. A beautifully warm environment and a delicious lunch program cited by internationally reknown chef, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and awarded the Kiwi Crusaders Award for Healthy Lunches, make AWS students not only love learning, but also love school.