The teachers at WSP are phenomenal in their qualifications, their ability to make the subjects interesting and in their dedication to the students. My children have been at the school for 10 years now; they love to learn and enthusiastically try new things. I am often surprised at how much knowledge they retain even years later. The experiential method of teaching is so well executed in every subject. The introduction of homework at a more reasonable age leads the students to take accountability for their work. And since it is not repetitive work sheets, they tend to enjoy it rather than loathe it. I do think this is the best educational option.
There are so many great things that are part of this school, it is hard to know where to start! There is a gardening program in grades 1-8 that teaches the children not only how to grow food, but also how to care for the earth through composting, rotating crops, and use of bio-dynamic principles. Music, movement, singing, drawing, and painting are included in daily learning activities to enrich the academic subjects that are brought with depth and excellence. Children are allowed to develop in a healthy, non-pressured way that leads to developing capacities of joy, health, curiosity in the world, trust, and true knowledge of subjects taught. There is plenty of time for activities in nature, games, building social connections, and engaging in challenging academics. What I love is the well-rounded approach to learning that is part of the school's philosophy. Each child is seen and loved by the teachers. Throughout the grades school all children learn to knit, build, sew, carve, sculpt, juggle, and throw the javelin just to name a few. Their programs include parent-tot, licensed nursery and kindergarten, and grades 1-12. It is truly a unique learning environment that develops the whole child.
This is wonderful school. The staff and faculty are very caring and hold the well-being of every child highly. They work hard to meet the needs of all the students, and assess regularly (in a fun manner) the children and teachers to make sure they are succeeding. Though Waldorf schools seem to be known for their art & music curriculum, it has strong academics, too, it's just not taught in the usual bland manner. This school has a strong parent-participatory community. This is not our first Waldorf experience so though we do believe strongly in the educational philosophy, I am aware not all schools are created equally. I can say with confidence this school is very healthy and works hard at staying so. We are so grateful to have found WSP for our children and family.
I personally went to this school from 5th through 8th grade and I'm currently now in there High school. I have learned so much in the years I have been going to this school. This school is completely different from public school. I love this school and I know that anyone who comes will love it also. In my opinion this school has the best education around.
Waldorf staff and teachers are caring, dedicated, and responsive to the needs of their students. They foster and encourage learning and curiosity. The student develops both mentality, spiritually, and physically.
If you are looking for an alternative to a mainstream school this is definitely an alternative. It is a participatory school, so if you like to volunteer in activities in your child's classroom or for the community this would be a perfect option. The strengths of the system lie in the liberal arts emphasis, the call for creativity, and a strong maths program in the middle school.