EBWS has been a great choice for my two kids and well worth private school tuition. They do a great job integrating the arts into ROBUST academics, making the learning easier, more enjoyable and more memorable. The Waldorf approach is known to help preserve childhood (with a slower start in younger grades), creating a calmer learning environment for the young while also fostering collaboration, responsibility, and industriousness. A great model for our times. Tours give you peek into the classrooms located on a beautiful 11-acres. Newer administration the last few years is helping address the needs of both parents and faculty/staff, increasing and standardizing communication and dealing with issues as they arise.
Is it just me.... or is it child neglect that a 1st grade teacher is sending a child to sit out in the rain with no coat or winter wear for lengthy time for a time out ...
and then tell a young boy she doesn't like his hair and degrades him by forcing him to wear barrettes?
Gotta love #EBWS & their $20K per year tuition.
I was recently asked by a parent of a child who has had behavioral issues whether EBWS would be a good fit for her child. I responded, absolutely! EBWS has no standards for admissions and allow disruptive behavior to reign in their classrooms. They accept families who clearly do not believe in the pedagogy because the school is desperate for new students. My child came from a class of 10 children and the teacher repeatedly failed to maintain a peaceful classroom. My child is now in a public school with dozens more classmates and wonderful, caring teachers who are able to sustain a harmonious, thriving, and joyful learning environment. I still believe in Waldorf education, but EBWS, not so much. It has become like the least desirable public school in the least desirable district, except with an $18K per year tuition.
My family is very grateful that we found the East Bay Waldorf School My daughter is in 4th grade and she has been attending East Bay Waldorf School since Kindergarten. I can't imagine sending her to any other school. The Waldorf philosophy is amazing. She is thriving, happy and excited about learning. Her teacher has been a Waldorf teacher for 20 years. He is kind, loving, and passionate about teaching. We have a great sense of community. I read the other reviews about bullying. These were isolated incidences that the school addressed swiftly and quickly. They are in no way representative of what the school is all about. I have complete confidence that when my daughter is at school she is safe, happy, respected for who she is, cared for and loved.
We are very happy with East Bay Waldorf School. The curriculum is inspiring. The teachers are dedicated, knowledgeable and loving. The community is very welcoming. My child couldn't wait for school to start! That's how you know that your child is at the right school!
I am sooo thankful that my parents got me outta there when they did. I'll warn people looking into this school that the teachers put on a nice face for visitors and parents and then yell or talk down to the students. Now that I'm in public high school I see all the science and history that they left out. And don't let anyone tell you that religion doesn't show up in the classroom because it does! Quiet kids do okay and so there are plenty of nice reviews but it's pretty creepy with some of the teachers and I saw plenty of bullying going on that didn't ever seem to get noticed. All the art stuff doesn't make up for the meanness.