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K-4|Private
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Supports LD students: Strongly disagree


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No training for it or willingness to adhere to any training of it conflicts with Waldorf ideologies

Effective school leaders: Strongly disagree


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New administrator is driving the school down


Develops character: Neutral


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My child learned this from being bullied

Teacher effectiveness: Strongly disagree


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Lack training other than Waldorf so weak class management and understanding of different learning and other needs

Amount of homework: Disagree


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There is no homework so hard to gage progress until conference mid year




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Bullying problems are not handled and there's an unwillingness to handle them based on some unknown ideologies. Ever heard of Waldorf Watch?Multiple students were forced to leave recently, often leaving at 1-2 year lower than grade level in academic performance. Small yard with inadequate supervision and lack of reporting when sustaining injuries/insults. Conflict resolution is inadequate or non-existent, and is based on social rules and natural consequences such that intensification and/or repition of negative behavior is common. Teachers lack training for kids with special emotional and learning needs and administration is unwilling to get it but more than willing to receive the funds from enrolling your child because they depend on it. Teacher gave preference to veteran and dominant children in our class. There is no gender balance (even 1 girl and 9 boys in a class) and no adherence to sensitivity training for children of different genders and girls. My child's teacher had poor classroom management and cried often when the children did not behave. If your child is bullied they will be blamed for it by the school and the kids and their parents. Be careful enrolling your child here and know fully the consequences if things don't work for your child and especially if your child is 'different.'

Handles bullying effectively: Strongly disagree


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Bullying problems are not handled and there's an unwillingness to handle them based on some unknown ideologies. Ever heard of Waldorf Watch?Multiple students were forced to leave recently, often leaving at 1-2 year lower than grade level in academic performance. Small yard with inadequate supervision and lack of reporting when sustaining injuries/insults. Conflict resolution is inadequate or non-existent, and is based on social rules and natural consequences such that intensification and/or repition of negative behavior is common. Teachers lack training for kids with special emotional and learning needs and administration is unwilling to get it but more than willing to receive the funds from enrolling your child because they depend on it. Teacher gave preference to veteran and dominant children in our class. There is no gender balance (even 1 girl and 9 boys in a class) and no adherence to sensitivity training for children of different genders and girls. My child's teacher had poor classroom management and cried often when the children did not behave. If your child is bullied they will be blamed for it by the school and the kids and their parents. Be careful enrolling your child here and know fully the consequences if things don't work for your child and especially if your child is 'different.'



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My wife and I were drawn to Maple Village Waldorf School soon after moving to Long Beach in 2010 and it quickly became clear to us that the Waldorf style of education, as well as the small class sizes, the warmth of community at this school, and emphasis on healthy, sustainable living were going to fit our family well. After four years with the school I now feel that Maple Village is one of the best private school values in greater Los Angeles. Both of my children (currently in kindergarten and 2nd grade at the school) have flourished in an environment that teaches the whole child, with particular emphasis on art, handwork (e.g. knitting, sewing, and woodwork), music, storytelling, and movement to compliment the typical main lessons covering math, language arts, etc. I am happy to add that Maple Village also incorporates Spanish language instruction beginning in 1st grade and continuing through 8th grade. Teaching such a breadth of topics at a Waldorf school and incorporating creative ways to reinforce concepts is no easy task but so far my children’s teachers have been more than up to the task. This is a great school and I cannot recommend it enough for any parents considering the Parent-tot, Preschool, Kindergarten, or Grades programs up to 8th grade. Note that for working (or busy) parents morning and after-school care are available (morning care is free for Grades students).




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After a year of Kindergarten at a “top rated” Long Beach public elementary school, I knew the relentless paperwork, homework, testing and time spent seated at a desk (students were only allowed 15 minutes of recess per 3.5 hour day) were not what I envisioned for my son’s education. We made the switch to Maple Village Waldorf School and couldn’t be more pleased. My son regained his spark, curiosity and imagination and is actually happy to go to school each day (unlike his public school days when every morning was a battle to get out the door). MVWS provides a whole-child education, teaching art, music, reverence for nature and community, and LOTS of movement and outdoor time, as well as the basics you would expect from an elementary school. It’s true that academics are taught at a slightly slower pace than what is currently being taught at public elementary schools, but that is a good thing. Thanks to the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top initiatives, public schools are pressuring kids at younger and younger ages to perform at a grade level or two higher than they’re developmentally capable of doing. Research shows that play in early childhood, not sitting at a desk doing paperwork, is critical for long-term educational success. (Check out the research on the Finnish educational system, which consistently ranks near the top in the world, yet students there don’t begin formal education until age seven.) Bottom line is, I feel MVWS is providing our children a well-rounded education that still allows space for kids to be kids. The class sizes are much smaller than what you’d find in public schools, allowing the children to form connections with the teachers and other students. The community of parents is very active and engaged as well. MVWS is a special place and my family is grateful to have it in our lives.



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Maple Village Waldorf provides an amazing learning experience tailored to the unique talents, abilities, and needs of its students. The curriculum exposes kids not only to the arts and humanities but also math and sciences in ways that are fun, creative, and most importantly, appropriate to the child's stage of development. The teaching faculty are PASSIONATE about teaching and provide a nurturing and supportive classroom environment conducive to learning. We absolutely love this school for our daughter!

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