Because the teachers and staff behave unethically and disrespectfully by tolerating bullying and protecting bullies who treat people disrespectfully, this school cannot develop respect in its students.
I'm so happy to share about this wonderful school! For over 40 years they have offered the wonderful Waldorf curriculum to hundreds and hundreds of children. Alumni parents are now sending their own children to this school recognizing how valuable this wholesome and well-rounded education prepared them to be confident and capable adults. A proven educational method used by over 1000 schools worldwide integrating the arts into the academics enlivening the whole educational process. The smaller class sizes and amazing teachers help protect and preserve the innocence and wonder of childhood. Come and check it out for yourself, you'll be so glad you did!
we have 2 children at this school and have been there for the past 8 years. the quality of the education is amazing, it is very well rounded. this school is small but we are a strong community that is committed to our kids having a true waldorf education.
as a student at this school for over 10 years, I have noticed many things have changed. The over all environment of the school was friendly and had a warm welcoming feel to it. But this was only when I was in pre-school through 4. Once I got into the upper grades, not middle school but "upper grades as they call it" the overall feel of the school completely changed. I noticed more negative and slightly nasty things, for example the bullying situation is out of hand. The way they handle it is by "having the situation resolved by the students in their own time" which didn't help at all, and sometimes would only make it worse. All of the classrooms should be knocked down because of mold all over the outside walls and water leaking through the roof when there would be a heavy rain fall. The grading system is totally wack, and very unfair. For students that want to be challenged in school (me as example) you should not send you child there. If you want to go ahead on a subject or be pushed, you will be told that you have to wait until ALL of the students (even the ones with learning disabilities) understand and can perform well in the subject. I hated going to school. Please don't subject your child to this school.
Our kids attended WSMC for several years before our family relocated. You are not likely to find a more dedicated faculty than this one. The teachers genuinely love their students and have great respect for the parents. They bring an incredible amount of energy, experience, and wisdom to the education model. There have been many fluctuations in the administration, but through it all the education has remained top-notch. As for the school community -- you may be asked to contribute a lot, but in return you will have the loving camaraderie of your fellow parents. This school is a place to call home for everyone in the family. We will sorely miss it!
We were so hopeful when we found this school. It seemed so cute and friendly. There are some good teachers (although almost all of them left at the end of this school year due to hemorrhaging enrollment and chronic financial instability) and many well-meaning people. There are also significant problems that prospective families have a right to know about. In looking for specific criticisms I could say that they don't understand that their families are their customers. The school is always in crisis and they look continuously to the families to bail them out with money and time. It wears everyone down. Communication is poor, in part because they are always short staffed but also because in their chronic crisis state they seem to feel that information should only be given on a need-to-know basis. There is no principal or key leader and this is a critical problem. The school is led by the teachers and the ones who have been there longest are There is a failure to deal with bullying in any effective way. In fact, when any of the teachers or staff perceive criticism or resistance to their authority, they become a bully pack themselves. Parents admit to being afraid to speak out for fear of becoming targeted. The students are frequently unsupervised which allows student-to-student bullying to take place. All of this is of course my personal opinion.