We are in our second year here at Journey and the more I learn about the school, the more I love it. Why? 1) Waldorf approach is aligned with the latest research on brain development, and the optimal way that children learn in an age appropriate manner. For example, just last week, the teachers gave a talk with parents "What research says about success in life and how schools and parents can help". Much of the talk was based on a NYTimes best selling book called How Children Succeed - and much of the school's approach is in line with the latest recommendations! 2) The school helps to foster the 'light' and 'love of learning'. I think much of the rest of public school education with its focus on memorization and performance on test scores etc, rather than learning itself, just saps the life out of the student. 3) Sense of like-minded community - there is the saying 'it takes a village', that is really true here at Journey. It seems to me that the parents, teachers and administration really are committed to one thing in common - the well-being of the students. When I speak, the teachers and administration listen. I encourage you to learn more about the Waldorf! It has changed me.
Journey School teaches my children well. We didn't come to Journey until my oldest was in 4th grade, so I have something to compare it with. I couldn't be happier with the developmental approach and project-based learning that goes on. My kids are receiving a rigorous education and learning to be Renaissance people who will thrive in high school and life. Great job, Journey! We are so lucky to have you in our lives!
My son absolutely loves his school and we do, too. He's been going to Journey for a few years now and it's safe to say it's a great school with caring staff and students who show compassion. I remember debating sending him to Journey, worried he might not be academically challenged. Now I know that's absolutely not true at all! Instead of doing "busy" work at home for homework, he's engaged and learning to think critically and creatively. I think this is the main difference at Journey. The kids aren't just taught to memorize, they're taught how to creatively arrive at solutions. I'm really thankful our family is a part of this school!
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.
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.
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