Our son had a beautiful kindergarten year at this Waldorf inspired charter school. Now in 1st grade we continue to be satisfied with the small class size. (23 students) and additional teachers aide. We believe that the education of our child is not solely the responsibility of any school system so we constantly monitor our child's learning and provide support when needed. As for teacher quality, the majority of the teachers here are Waldorf certified and hold a master's degree. Most Common Core standards are embedded in the curriculum here. Students evidence their learning by the textbooks they create. Ingenuity and creativity are encouraged which is a rarity in today's data/ test driven school culture.
I think it's unfortunate for all those who have left Journey on such bad terms, as for me and my family we have overall been happy with Journey as a whole. (With the exception of the parking and no good hot lunch program) We have seen improvements with rules and conduct and have worked side by side with teachers and administrators to solve problems and feel like we received personable attention and the problems were solved respectably. My kids are treated fairly and they love school. No fights in the morning to go and they come home happy. I have volunteered at the school for the last 4 years and have seen the kids in their classroom at recess and lunch, etc. These Journey kids are happy! As for academics, once in the mid to upper grades these kids are being challenged in ways kids in traditional schools are not. It's fascinating to watch these kids learn things like times tables with movement! If your considering Journey, take a tour a check it out yourself. You'll know if its right for your family.
We love Journey! It's such a great community of parents, and the teachers are kind and obviously love what they do. My two boys started 2 years ago - when they were in 3rd and 5th grade. We were nervous that they would be welcomed into the tight knit group of kids - many who had known each other since Kindergarten - but they made instant friends and have built lasting relationships with many of the kids there. The studies are different from their last 'traditional' school - in which Journey students create their own 'text books'. It's more work, but they've retained so much more because of it! Plus the extra-curricular activities such as cooking, gardening, hand-work, music, and games have helped them become well-rounded children. Lastly, the 'compassionate campus' has helped the older students take on responsibility and help the kids become a greater community on the whole. Many 'graduated' (high school) students come back on major days such as the first day of school, Harvest Faire, the 8th grade projects, and the May Faire - a great testament to how much they love their experience at Journey. Many students go on to some of the most competitive high schools in the area.
We are new to Journey School this year and have absolutely loved our experience so far. The school provides such a nurturing, warm, and creative approach to educating and guiding our little ones. They strive to open their eyes to the beauty and miracles that surround them every day, which inspires their creativity and desire to learn. In 1 month of school, my kindergarten son is a different person. He has a new view of the world, new appreciation for all that is around him, and has come out of his shell. He used to cry every day at drop off for preschool and now has told me he wishes to live at school...what a huge change! We couldn't ask for a better place to send our child and feel blessed to be part of the Journey family.
Journey is a welcoming, nurturing, and hands on school. The teachers have a depth of experience in the public and Waldorf model of education and are very caring. We enjoy that the children have the same teacher from 1st-5th grade, which facilitates and easier flow between summer and fall, and helps create a cohesive class. I've also always been impressed that the principal is out front each morning, helping with the drop off flow and happily greeting students and teachers. Our grounds are great too. 6 gardens that the students maintain with parent help, natural playscapes, and the creek behind the school where K and grades take nature walks. Our children also benefit from the art that is interwoven in all the lesson plans. Drawing, painting, and knitting are a tangible way to create a deeper level of learning and retaining information. There are several parent classes that are available throughout the year, focusing on art, media literacy, and also parenting and relationships. We feel very lucky to be a part of the Journey community!
My daughter is in her 3rd year at Journey School. She is excited to go to school in the morning and speaks fondly of her days there. She went to an expensive private preschool and was coming home in tears all the time. So we now feel extremely blessed to be at Journey. I was a bit confused by some of the bad reviews, but then I thought about it. My absolute favorite restaraunt, the one I could eat at every night, has some one star reviews mixed in with the five stars. I guess some people just love to complain and search to find something negative to say. I'm just glad those negative people have already left the school. They are usually part of the problem and not the solution.
Journey School has been such a blessing for our family. Although my children never complained about our former, public school, I spent so much time volunteering at their school and helping in the classrooms that I was able to see what really happens in the "traditional" system. Journey School doesn't focus on tests or worksheets, but rather, it teaches students in such creative ways that children really want to learn. It took a bit of work to get my hyper-educated husband on board with the Waldorf approach, but now he is totally sold. He even asked me to get him a couple of Journey School license plate holders for his car that say: "Journey School, Where Education is a Journey, Not a Race." Big smile! :)
We are so grateful for having found this healthy and nurturing environment for our children. Kids get to be kids while learning how to be responsible, compassionate, whole human beings with integrity. While no place is perfect, every year of our 5 years here have gotten better and better! Nearly all the staff is Waldorf certified and many have nearly completed their Master's degree. Mentoring, dedication to staff development and the addition of differentiated learning continue to improve the quality and rigor of instruction. The results are evident when you speak with the kids. They are poised, articulate, and thoughtful. Their hearts are big. It is refreshing to see a campus where younger kids and older kids mingle easily in play without trying to prove to one another how "grown-up" they are in comparison. Parent involvement and constructive dialogue is the key here in making the "extras" available and in making sure the education meets each child's needs -- this is not a negative. This level of involvement should be the norm (versus the exception) in the education of all children. This is a school of choice. Understand how the curriculum fits with your family and choose wisely.
My 2 boys are starting their 4th year at Journey School. It has been a great fit for them. My oldest transferred here in 5th grade and went from hating school to loving it. He loves that he can be more creative and that the learning was more interactive. (No stupid worksheets - are what he said.) He does have homework, but it is meaningful and not overwhelming. My youngest started as a Jr. Kindy and is now in 2nd grade. He loves his teachers and his friends and is excited about learning. His favorite subject is math, but enjoys reading and writing too. I love that there is no homework other than reading 30 minutes a day and doing a chore.
If you search for a school, which picks up your child with an age appropriate learning method, you will love this school. A lot of meaningful lessons with no stress to the child. School day structure where the free spirit has place to drive. Individuation for different types of learning always close to the matter of facts. Art and Nature go along with all at academics, nothing is missing. The children are gaining personal strengths hand in hand with knowledge and happiness.
As a really happy parent of two kids at Journey, it's sad to read some of the reviews that are negative, especially since Journey School is small and I'm pretty sure I know which parents have written the reviews. That said, Journey School is not perfect, but it is so apparent that it is striving to do what is best for all students. Unfortunately, a parent may not always agree with the decisions a school makes about how to enforce a bullying policy or how to protect the well-being of all the school's children. That said, one of the things that I love most about Journey School is the fact that discipline caters to the needs of the children and the situation and it is intended to be developmentally appropriate. Of course, things aren't always perfect and not all parents are going to be in agreement, but at Journey, I am confident that the best interest of all the children are taken into account at all times. It's too bad that the handful of families who have left unhappy in the past few years feel they have to bad-mouth the school over and over again on this venue.
very responsive and supportive admin... high caliber teaching. This is a place of community-based learning... head, heart, hands all in balance.
The children are engaged in learning through multiple modalities: visual, auditory and through movement. Additionally, the children are surrounded by beauty, music, the arts, and an attitude of reverence in caring for their surroundings. Journey recently was awarded the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Award for their effective environmental education Eco-literacy program. My children are progressing beautifully in their social/emotional, academic and physical development. Most importantly, they love school now that they are at Journey!
This school is a problem child, hugely inconsistent. It has had many meltdowns over the years along with a huge turnover of administrators, teachers and many families. I laugh when I see these silly 5 star "gosh, everything is perfect..." Reviews . As a family who spent many years there, we know the good, the bad and the ugly. This school only works IF you're lucky enough to land a good teacher who can DISCPLINE their class AND if you have a good (no problem kids) class. The community is cliquish but warm and fuzzy from a distance. Works best for K thru first or second only if you want a slower start to your child's educational career but beyond that, you are gambling.
My child had a horrible experience at Journey School. She was slapped in the face three times, pushed, and threatened to be stabbed at school. Journey does not have a zero tolerance policy for bullying. My child was scared to go to school and would hide in the bathroom at recess. We took her out of the school mid year and will not be returning.
I really wish I could leave a 0 star rating. We left last year after being disgusted and disillusioned with with the cover ups going on in this school. My advice to new parents considering Journey School? Run.
The only way to prepare kids for the future is to teach them to be critical thinkers. Journey School does just that. It focuses on the well-being of the whole child, rather than only academics. Academics are important at Journey, but they're not the ONLY factor in what makes this a great school. The teachers are fantastic, the students respect each other more than any other school we've tried and the school community really cares for each other. Be sure to read up on Waldorf schooling before sending your children here. We are beyond happy, but parents only wanting a heavy academic focus (memorizing for high test scores) may not feel this is right for them. We also appreciate Journey's effort in eco-literacy. It feels good knowing our kids are growing healthy physically and mentally. We feel so blessed to be at Journey School!
My family and I LOVE Journey. Our daughter has attended for 5 years and she still anticipates waking up each morning as her teacher is so dedicated to creating challenging lessons in every way imaginable. We couldn't be happier.
By looking at some of the ratings, I have to think that many of those parents didn't do their research on Waldorf education. Before you send your kid here, know it's not focused on heavy academics. This isn't a bad thing! What you get is a well-rounded child that has a positive outlook on school, with a love for learning. Speak to alumni of Journey -- they are honor students, award winners, and doing fantastic at their colleges. I believe there is a higher rate of college graduates, as well. Our experience at Journey has been amazing. I've never been at a school with such a community feeling. Most parents volunteer in the classroom, on nature walks, helping with festivals or in the garden. Many families help contribute financially to give these kids the best education possible. I am so thankful we found this school. Our kids are doing very well here after trying a few schools.
We are the most happiest parents in the world having our son in Journey School. This system is the one that any parent need to choose for their kids. We can't wait to have our other kids in this school. See how our son can't wait to go to school, how happy he wake up everyday; be part of this amazing community is just a gift from heaven to us. Thank you Journey School to allow us be part of you.
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