Inspired experience based college preparatory education for creative and intellectually curious students
Early childhood through twelfth grade

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Waverly located?
Waverly has three separate campuses and a one-acre organic farm within easy walking distance of each other in Pasadena, California, 91105. Our campuses are conveniently located near the 210 and 134 freeways.

Elementary Campus (preschool-6) & Business Office
67 W. Bellevue Drive (between Fair Oaks and Pasadena Avenues)

Middle School Campus (Grades 7 and 8)
120 Waverly Drive

High School Campus
108 Waverly Drive

The Waverly Farm
665 South Pasadena Avenue

Is Waverly accredited?
Yes, Waverly is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the California Association of Independent Schools.

What is progressive?
Though educators have been challenged in agreeing upon a single definition for progressive education, The Progressive Education Network (PEN) consensus builds around  defining principles which are embraced at The Waverly School at all levels.

What kind of a school is Waverly?
The Waverly School is a small, non-sectarian, coeducational, college prep and progressive school with grades from pre-kindergarten through 12.

How many students are at Waverly?
Elementary School – 180 maximum
Middle School – 60 maximum
High School – 120 maximum

What is the ethnic diversity at Waverly like?
The Waverly School embraces diversity and values the integrity of the individual.  Individual differences of religion, culture, socioeconomic status, national origin, race, ethnicity, biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, and ability are acknowledged and respected.  Every member of the community strives to behave in a sensitive, tolerant, and respectful manner.

A diverse student body is an essential component of an experiential education.  Students are most able to understand, appreciate, and respect differences in a setting that includes these differences.  Waverly seeks a diverse community in order to fulfill its mission to provide a strong, humanistic education for all students.

On average, 40% of our families identify as families of color:
African American 0.3%
Asian American 5%
Caucasian 55.7%
Latino/Hispanic American 7%
Middle Eastern American 0.3%
Multiracial American 22.1%
Native American 0.6%
Undeclared 9%

What is the average class size?
Preschool has a maximum of 17 students with two full time co-lead teachers and a third part time teacher.
Kindergarten-6th grades have 24 students and two full time teachers.
Middle School classes have 15 students per academic class.
High School classes have 12 students per academic class.

What are the school hours?
Elementary School
Preschool through Grade 2:  8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Grades 3 through 6: 4 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Middle School
Grades 7 and 8: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
High School
Grades 9-12: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Friday dismissal 2:30 p.m.)

Parent Participation
Waverly’s growth and success is due in large part to the generosity and active participation of our parents/guardians. Each family is responsible to work  30 hours for the school each year. More information about specific events are available when you tour.

How much is tuition at Waverly?
Please click here for updated tuition.

Does Waverly offer tuition assistance and how does it work?Currently 36% of our student body receives tuition assistance. Click here for more information about this process.

Does Waverly have after school care?
The Waverly School contracts with Tom Sawyer Camps from dismissal until 6:00 p.m. daily. Our Preschool after care is done by the preschool teachers. Early morning drop-off for elementary through middle school is at 7:30 a.m. at the elementary campus.

 Does Waverly have sports teams?
Students in grades 5 through 12 may participate on Waverly sports teams. Waverly competes in a league with other schools that are a similar size. Sports offered each year include boys’ and girls’ flag football, boys’ and girls’ volleyball, and boys’ and girls’ basketball.