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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 216
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17100 Superior Street
Los Angeles, CA 91325

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(818) 349-1394
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November 03, 2014
This school has been an extraordinary experience for our daughter and our family. She's currently a Jr. in the High School; she started at HH in Kindergarten. The philosophy, the community, the faculty, the camaraderie, the quality of the education - all have served to create/allow/invite a fluency in music (cello), language (German), the arts, strong academics, as well as incredible self-confidence and creative ability to think way outside the box. I only have grief that I never knew about Waldorf education for my older children!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2014
I am both a former K-12 student and a current parent. I can't thank Highland Hall enough for 13+ years of the well rounded artistic, academic, and athletic education I received in the 80s and 90s through 2002, and that my children are receiving now. Between the great teachers, the multitude of artistic and academic options available, and finally the beautiful campus, I can confidently say that there is no better school than Highland Hall out there.

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2014
My family absolutely loves this school. The teachers are amazing, the grounds are beautiful, and the curriculum is unmatched! If you are looking for a school with a rigorous academics and plenty of arts and music - this is the place. My daughter's experience at Highland Hall is not only preparing her for life, it's helping shape her into an incredible adult.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2014
I think there is no greater gift you can give your child than a Waldorf education and Highland Hall really delivers. My child, who started in nursery, is in high school now and friends and family who worried about her unconventional schooling are wowed by her maturity, her brightness, her level of engagement with the world and her sensitivity to people and things around her. I'd like to think her dad and I played a part, but Highland Hall was a huge factor in helping her develop into the extraordinary person she is continuing to become.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2014
academically rigorous, fosters creativity, involved, caring community, instills values and inner and out awareness, shapes independent inquisitive individuals who have the courage to look into the future, ask questions, ponder and explore possibilities and act on it. I knew why I wanted to send my kids there and I got so much more than I could realize or hope for. I wish all kids were exposed to a place as such. It is much more than full education.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
My son loves school and doesn't want to miss a day. His teachers have been caring and dedicated, and the curriculum is infused with so much intention. Everything at Highland Hall is carefully thought out to create the healthiest, most well-rounded and conscious educational experience. It's been a wonderful experience so far and I look forward to many more years at Highland Hall.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
At our school, students I know are fully engaged in the deeply thought-out and well-rounded curriculum. Teacher commitment, dedication and attention to the students' developmental and academic needs are impressive. The school community including committed staff and parents makes this a safe, beautiful and culturally diverse place to pursue education from early childhood to high school.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
Our son is thriving at Highland Hall. We have been at the school since kindergarten and can't imagine being anywhere else. He is fully engaged in his academic subjects like math, geography, mythology, ancient civilizations and equally engaged in orchestra, winds, crafts, woodworking and games. His class teacher, who travels with them through the 8 years is a caring, utterly devoted, gem of a teacher. On top of everything else, the school is an oasis of acres of green rolling hills, grass and trees. Whole soul education not found anywhere else in LA that I am aware of.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
I'm so thrilled with the academic achievement, the grounded sensibility, and the well thought through viewpoints that my children are exhibiting from their education at Highland Hall. We've been at the school for over 9 years and I am loving it more and more as I see how the Waldorf curriculum is guideling my children's education.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
We love Waldorf education! We moved our three children to Highland Hall Waldorf School and have been thrilled with every aspect of the school. The children are thriving in their new school. As soon as we walked on the campus, we just felt the warmth of the community, the staff, and the teachers. We have visited many Waldorf schools and this one seems to have grabbed our hearts!! We love Highland Hall. ~The Rascon Family

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
Highland Hall is a school that has beautifully serene tree filled grounds, a garden, and plenty of space for children of all ages to run around. I feel like my children and allowed to be children there. They play, they learn, and most importantly, I feel like the love of learning is fostered here. Questions and critical thinking are encouraged. Music and art are taught. My children have flowered while being students here. I would encourage anyone to visit the school and see firsthand what a beautiful place it is in every sense of the word.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
Highland Hall's beautiful setting and sane, balanced perspective on education, has made my lifelong school hater, a school lover.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
Our child started kindergarten at our local community public school. It felt like a prison -- they locked the gate minutes after the bell rang and we never got to speak to our teacher. We switched to Highland Hall and we've never looked back. It's like an oasis of shaded trees and natural beauty in the Valley heat and blacktop. Teachers are extremely experienced -- a high school student at this school babysits for us now and she had the same teacher as our child. Something that seems amazing about the school is that teachers get more time away from our kids while specialists teach them a few key subject areas. It's too much to ask to have public school teachers prepare and teach everything, so I appreciate that these teachers get breaks and time to polish themselves as well as their lessons. It shows. Waldorf schools have a strange governing system without a clear principal/leader, so I gave a low score to principal leadership because of the lack of a figurehead. Nonetheless, the teachers seem on the same page and work together across the grades to ensure an integrated education unlike any other school. What they learn one year really does get built upon in the next.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
This is a beautiful deep education. I have been more and more impressed by Waldorf education and this school with each passing year of my 9 years here.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
My school is wonderful! I love the peaceful atmosphere, the extremely dedicated teachers and the way the treat our children with reverence. This way of teaching will make sure my child will become the best possible human being and will have a life-long curiosity and love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
My daughter's been here since kindergarten--she is now in 7th grade and we will probably continue through 12th. HHWS is like a second home to us now. But like any other school, it is not impervious to trials. But on the whole, it is a lovely school, if you're looking for a place that would nurture your child.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
Highland Hall is an educational oasis. The Waldorf curriculum is a gift I wish for every child. I see how incredible, first hand, the effects of this education are. After years of being taught to THINK and CREATE, my child is smart, artistic, and thinks in such unique ways--qualities that I know today's world require!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
Highland Hall is a true treasure. My daughter started kindergarten and is now in the 11th grade. We couldn't be happier with her experience in this school. While it may seem that academics start off a bit slow, it is done with a purpose and the kids quickly catch up. In the younger years, Waldorf education focuses more on creating a foundation for a positive experience in learning, allowing the children to develop socially and emotionally, which so many other schools seem to neglect. My daughter loves her school and the community that comes with it. She is very involved and we are very proud of the kind and generous person she's become as well as her academic achievements. Visit a high school open house so that you can see the level of quality education this kids are getting. Visit the kindergarten to see the nurturing surroundings and teachers. It's simply magical. Highland Hall graduation ceremonies are like nothing I've ever seen. Kids graduate with such enthusiasm, confidence and readiness for the world's challenges. We've been there through the good and troubled times, but have never felt there was a better place for my daughter to be than in Highland Hall.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
HIghland Hall Waldorf School is a wonderful oasis where children are being educated in a loving, creative, spiritual environment. The setting is ideal: spacious campus with nature all around, a working farm where the children learn about gardening and nature. In addition to all the traditional curriculum, ALL children take music lessons and participate in dramatic playes, poetry recitations and dancing. According to the latest neuro-science studies such activities promote a healthier brain and better executive skills. Visit this school as son as you can, it includes a pre school, kindergarden, elementary and high school. This school will make your child bloom!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Highland Hall is the ultimate example of teaching all ages of children with "Head, heart and Hands" in mind. Located in a beautiful setting with rolling hills, green grass and beautiful trees, it feels like a refuge amidst the hustle, bustle and smog of Los Angeles. Placing as much importance on the arts as academics,the school epitomizes a well rounded educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
We found Highland Hall nearly 10 years ago when our daughter was a baby. The parent/toddler program encompassed a sweet, nurturing environment for babies & toddlers, as well as invaluable education & support for new parents. Our daughter then went through the nursery program & the 2 fantastic years of Kindergarten where through song and play in a loving home like environment allowed her time to be more than ready to soak up her education she is obtaining now that she is in grade school The fact that the kids are as free of distracting tv characters, and electronic toys leaves their hearts and minds open to be creative, and to learn to think, not learn to want the next video game in a series. The children are encouraged to be a team with their classmates before they are encouraged to compete against one another, saving certain activities until the kids are older allows them to really have a full and rich childhood. Years ago, adults settled into a career, & now a person might have numerous careers in their lifetime. The ability to be creative, to enjoy learning and know how to learn as opposed to memorizing a series of facts will serve them much better in the future.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Highland Hall is an amazing school. It exemplifies Waldorf education at its finest. My daughter started there in Parent/Child classes, and is entering 3rd grade this fall. In previous years there were issues with the administration and how it handled matters related to teacher performance and communication with the community, but with the new Administrative Director, Pedagogical Chair, I have seen a huge shift in attitude, policy, and ultimately community satisfaction. I can't imagine a better place for my child to get the education she deserves. With California's public schools being rated 49 out of 50 in the nation, I am so thankful that we are at Highland Hall. If you're interested in knowing more about Waldorf education, take a tour of the school and find out. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about what Waldorf education stands for.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
We have been at Highland Hall for going on 5 years and our experience has been amazing! We have all learned about an education that sees the "Whole Child" and is able to guide my daughter through every phase of her growth. The campus is an oasis in the San Fernando Valley and being part of a biodynamic culture is so rich and valuable. My daughter will be entering the 3rd Grade and her enthusiasm and love for her school is priceless. I recommend Highland Hall to anyone looking for a school that will nurture your child as well as give them more than just academics.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Well, if you want an education that nourishes the whole child, it's the school to choose. We cannot say enough about our excellent experience at this school. We highly recommend it to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Our daughter has gone to Highland Hall since the Mommy and Me days, and it has been one of the best decisions we've ever made. The school follows the Waldorf program, first developed by Rudolf Steiner nearly 100 years ago. It's fully integrative learning, offering children instruction that connects art, music, visual learning, math, and reading so that they not only absorb information but really become better learners, no matter what challenges/problems they face. The other parents have been terrific, which provides an overall community that enriches both our daughter's and our experiences. I can't recommend Highland Hall highly enough; it's a great place, presenting an education that respects the children, and all taking place in a beautiful environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
We transferred from a high performing public school this year and could not be happier. Our daughter is thriving. She is in the second grade, and has a new found love of learning. I love that Highland Hall focuses on the entire child, instead of the rote memorization of facts that was passing as an education in her previous school. In four short months she has regained her self confidence and she can't wait to go to school. She is also learning how to be a good citizen, and to care about the earth and the people around her. She reads voraciously, and is suddenly very curious about the world around her. We have been welcomed with open arms, and love the community spirit at Highland Hall. I honestly believe that our children will grow into creative, compassionate adults with the guidance and education offered at this amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
The Highland Hall campus is a rural oasis in the middle of Los Angeles. The positive environment with nurturing teachers and staff make my son's experience a wonderful one.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
We have been HH parents for over 8 years and can honestly say we are so to have stumbled onto this school through the parent/child program. Our children are thriving and happy. In a crazy city like LA this school is our haven. I believe that all schools (and everything else in life) are not perfect, but I have seen tremendous effort over the last few years by the administration, teachers and families to address issues. In the past I noticed that the teacher quality was uneven, but that has changed and the new hires are top notch. I love that my children are having a childhood that is not rushed but is savored thanks to this school and what we have learned about parenting through the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
The education that our children have received at Highland Hall is priceless. Academically, they are well prepared for the world....have been accepted to wonderful colleges and are thriving as they enter adulthood. Most importantly, they are extremely well rounded emotionally. They can communicate effectively, are connected to their learning and each other and are creative in their approach to solving problems and embracing life alike. Best thing that ever happened to our family....

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2013
Highland Hall is the best kept secret in L.A. private school education. This is a school that teaches the students to be original thinkers with a strong work ethic. Our children were accepted into the colleges of their choice and our family couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
I couldn't be happier with Highland Hall. We're still in the Early Childhood Center (Kindergarten) and the quality of teachers is incredible. They are all so loving and wise and give the children so very much. The outside play area for the kids is gorgeous. They run around this natural landscape, grass, dirt, sand, plants. The classrooms are absolutely lovely. The teachers put in so much time and energy to make everything special. We love the way the children treat one another. For example, when the new monkey bars were introduced and there were some kids who are just better at them... my daughter being a slower learner.No one ever criticizes the others. I've never heard anything other than cheering for even the kids like mine who spent many weeks doing not much more than hanging on one bar and dropping. The teachers really nurture and encourage this kind of compassion in the kids. We've been impressed with the older kids as well. They seem very self possessed and creative and hard working. The biggest thing that has us convinced we'll stay through high school is the communication with the administration and their commitment to solving any problems that might arise.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
Our family has been very impressed with the quality of teaching and the breadth of curriculum at this school. The creativity that our children have gained through their years at Highland Hall always blows people away. There are so many aspects of this school that are holistic and beneficial to genuine learning. I only wish that more schools would take a look at the way Waldorf education educates children. Then maybe less kids would end up being casualties in our society.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2012
I am the parent of a student who graduated from Highland Hall in the late 1990's, having spent 12 years in Waldorf Schools including the Rudolf Steiner School in NY and the Pasadena Waldorf School. Thus, I have experience with all three. In addition, I was actively involved with all three schools at many levels (although I was never a Waldorf teacher). Our/my daughter's experience with Waldorf education and HH specifically was very positive. I disagree that science and math are not emphasized - they are taught at a high and thorough level throughout the entire curriculum. My daughter is now a molecular biologist with a degree from one of the leading universities for her field, crediting her science instruction at HH along with what I consider to be a first class liberal arts education. In addition to being a successful scientist, she can sing, paint, sew, knit, and act beautifully. Most importantly, she learned values of cooperation, friendship, industry and kindness which are all emphasized in all Waldorf Schools, Highlan d among them. Building on the work of Piaget, Rudof Steiner inspired a scientific and effective educational philosophy and HH embodies the best of it.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
Admittedly, the school has had some real problems in the past couple of years unfortunate, but from what I've heard, not that unusual in private education. What's been impressive, is the speed, thoughtfulness and sensitivity with which the problems are being addressed. Many excellent new teachers, a top notch administrator and consistent, transparent dialogue that includes the parent body. The Waldorf philosophy isn't for everyone (as evidenced by some of the negative reviews), but if you want your child to learn HOW to learn, indulge a true curiosity and become a well rounded, amazing individual, this is somewhere that you must consider. My two daughters (3rd and 1st grade) can't wait to go to school everyday and constantly amaze me with the depth and breadth of their learning. Memorizing facts and figures long enough to get a good grade on a test is really not the measure of learning. Kids who are immersed in the love of learning and are taught in developmentally appropriate ways blossom in this environment. Our recent first grade meeting asked parents what brought them to Highland Hall. The overwhelming response was they met a senior and wanted their child to turn out the same!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2011
I understand that a Waldorf education might not be the choice for some parents; but, we chose to take our two children out of a very well performing public school and send them to Highland Hall. We chose Highland Hall because we wanted our kids to thrive in their education and be prepared for a changing world. They are much more engaged in school now and are excited to learn new things. They have much more confidence in their abilities as students and as people. They are creative in how they approach problem solving and we know that that is a direct result of the way Highland Hall teaches. The school is not an "artsy" school as some might think. The academics are quite rigorous as the child enters middle school and high school. However, in the younger grades the kids are not tested out of their natural creativity. In the times we live in it is important for our kids to grow up confident to make their own way in the world. They need to be entrepreneurs and trust in their own abilities. Highland Hall graduates well-rounded individuals who are not afraid to challenge themselves because their education has taught them to think creatively.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2011
My 2 children are currently in the Early Childhoood Center which consists of nursery and Kindergarden. The Play area and the classrooms are simply magical. I haven't seen anything like it in other schools. The teachers are the most loving and nurturing people I've met and they are constantly helping us with the tools of raising joyful children thru monthly class meetings and individual meetings. This is a school that teaches children thru experience rather than memorization. My daughter started out in the parent/child program 4 years ago and within a couple of weeks, I saw a major difference in her play. My children's Imaginations in their play are incredible and I owe it all to the Waldorf education. This is a school that teaches the whole child and I highly recommend the waldorf experience to all children.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2011
I am so grateful to have found Highland Hall. I cannot imagine my son, Noah, going anywhere else. He is in his second year of Kindergarten, had a year of preschool and 2 years of toddler classes. Each and every experience was exactly right for where he was in his development. His personal needs were constantly shifting and his teachers deftly evolved their care and nurturing and education as each movement arose. I could not recommend Highland Hall and their teachers enough. Every school of course is not right for every child. But I urge you... if you are looking, look into this school. It is a gem!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
The strength of Highland Hall is in its community and its teachers. It is rare, in the middle of Los Angeles, to find a community of parents and teachers that so fully, and with an open heart, embraces every child with understanding, kindness and recognition of their value as an individual. Childhood is honored there and children are allowed and encouraged to be children. It is true that rigorous academics are delayed until the later elementary and middle school years, but this is done with a thoughtful, measured approach developed from a thorough understanding of how children develop and learn best. The result, for anyone who has had a chance to meet and talk to the delightful, articulate and self-assured high-schoolers and graduates is amazing. My son just began 2nd grade and he is supported not only in the area that he excels, academics, but in music, movement and motor skills, nurturing a love of learning and interest in the world around him, and in healthy social interactions with students and adults. I encourage parents to come to a tour or an event and experience Highland Hall for yourselves and learn about this highly effective method of educating the whole child.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2011
My top 4 reasons for choosing Highland Hall for my 3 children: First, the parent/child class! What a wonderful opportunity for a parent to spend time with their young child in a loving, calm, and respectful environment. It nurtures the growth of the child as well as the parent child relationship unlike any other group. Secondly, the nursery and kindergarten classes are just delightful! They are full of wonder, opportunity for deep play, and experiences that prepare children not only for the abstract academic work of the grades, but build healthy habits that will serve them in their education and beyond. Thirdly, my oldest son has just begun the first grade and can be seen to hop out of bed in the morning excited about what he will be learning in school, beit reading, writing, math, German, Spanish, gardening, singing, movement, games, or handwork; he is excited. What more could a parent ask for! Lastly, parent education is a huge part of the experience at Highland Hall. Parents are held in such a way that not only nurtures family life, but allows the child to absorb the richness of the curriculum. I am proud to say that my children go to Highland Hall Waldorf School.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2011
I am the parent of a 4th grader and 9th grader at Highland Hall, and we've been at the school long enough to see it go through crisis and positive change. The school had a string of less-than stellar teachers who are now gone due to a rigorous cleaning of house last year. I understand the pain of parents who reviewed the school poorly because they struggled with such teachers -- our family had the opportunity to experience both the best and the worst of them. I am so grateful for the changes that have taken place -- for the courage and integrity that the leadership of the school and the parents have shown in their rigorous work together to make this school as great as it can be. I am so happy to have my children here and there simply is no other school I'd rather they attend. I echo the other excellent reviews here of the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2011
As parents of a High School Senior at Highland Hall, our experience has been nothing short of overwhelmingly positive. Our son started in 6th grade and had no trouble at all accelerating into the two foreign languages and music programs required and relished the math, science, history...well, all the curriculum was wonderful. After taking the college placement tests, he score well above average on the English,Writing ACT and SAT which is not surprising, as Waldorf students write essays daily...in pen. I waited to write this as we were interested (as most parents are, of course) in his college acceptances. He was accepted to every college he applied to, offered scholarships and decided to attend a very rigorous and selective college. The passion for learning instilled in a student at Highland Hall serves the students for life...they are not afraid of challenges because they are confident and knowledgable about themselves and their own goals.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
My daughter recently graduated from Highland Hall and is going to a highly competitive university on the east coast; she is getting straight A's there. She has an enthusiasm for learning that she notices many of the students at her university lack. She also is wiling to try new and challenging things that other students there hesitate to embrace. She wants to take the courses offered by the more rigorous professors because she wants to learn from the best, and she makes an effort to meet her professors so she will know them better. She also has a large group of friends with eclectic interests because she has so many interests herself. She is sure of herself and her place in the universe. She was a Highland Hall lifer, and even though she had many class teachers, I feel that the curriculum held her throughout all these changes - that and all the amazing teachers she connected with throughout her 13 years at the school. All this and she is a kind, thoughtful, good human being. I am grateful to Highland Hall and would recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2011
My daughter graduated from Highland Hall after transferring to the high school in mid-tenth grade.Once at HH, she blossomed academically, creatively, and socially. I was amazed to hear her talk with excitement about math and science, two subjects which had always made her groan. She was free to express her creative intelligence in all academic areas and the results are undeniable. She applied to 7 colleges and was admitted to all, including Bennington, Sarah Lawrence, Hampshire, and Lewis & Clark. The local public "tracked" her to go to a community college because of her math skills. At HH, they found a creative way for her to access the math curriculum -- and she loved it and excelled. She also developed comfortable and confident public speaking skills. Her writing was always a strength which the public school did not encourage or even acknowledge. At HH, she began to realize her talent and grow in it. Socially, I was delighted to meet her classmates -- so confident, mature, and interesting; so easy around adults with nothing to hide and much to share. I regret not having sent her to HH from elementary on. HH is a gem. Doubts? Attend the HS graduation. Then you'll understand.

- submitted by a community member
February 13, 2011
I've been very happy with my experience at Highland Hall. From the Parent & Child program on, the teachers are so incredibly intuitive and supportive. That is very rare these days but more important than ever. My child is not "slow" or "behind" in any way, and does not get "bored." The kids who go there are so incredibly polite and well-rounded. The focus on test scores and "achievement" (as defined by who, I ask) in traditional schools really doesn't turn out any better people than a school like Highland Hall. Those I have met who graduated are highly intelligent and went to well-known universities. As for the media element, what toddler, preschooler or kindergartner really needs tv and computer games anyway?? And I am so happy that the school is currently addressing the parents' need for more focused leadership. Many LAUSD or college prep private schools have atrocious leadership, uncaring teachers and stressed out kids (NOT good...)!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2011
My brother went to this school and he is very succesful and very smart he is the best in all subjects and same thing with my cousin

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2010
Waldorf education can be an amazing thing, but Highland Hall is a very poor example of a Waldorf school. There are very real reasons this school is under-enrolled, has no waiting lists, and often turns over 20% of its children a year. There is no functioning leadership. Teacher quality is uneven. Most crucially, Highland Hall lacks integrity, their mission statement a hollow promise gutted by fear and money. Look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2010
My 3 children did not feel they learned any basic curriculum. Knitting, art and woodworking are great, but math, science, english, history are weak. Many of their high school students don't get into college. We left because our children were bored.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2009
I want to say that 'Waldorf isn't for everyone,' but truly it is, if they want it. So I guess what I should said is 'not everyone truly wants a Waldorf education for their child,' and if that is the case than this is not the school for you. We've found it to be a wonderful nuturing environment with a true community feel. As our eldest child entered the grades they became excited for every new lesson, adoring school and all it has to offer. I have to peel my child away in the afternoons to come home. My biggest hope is to see our children graduate from the 12th grade with that beautiful little bell tinkling from around their necks. A Wonderful School!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
Outstanding!!! If you are into comparing your child to the status quo (is your child reading at the same level as everyone elses child) you should stay in the public system or find another school that teaches to the same. Highland Hall is not for everyone but it is for those who have the forsight to see the benefits of stepping out of the box and into a wonderful world. The students prosper in knowlege, self and worldly, have experiences we only dreamed about as children ourselves. To have a successful experience at Highland you must have stepped out of the box yourself and pass on the wonders of education to teachers who really know what counts in this world and what the kids really need. By the time you get to High School I would match up any student from Highland Hall to any Freshman or Sophomore college student

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2009
My daughter attended HH for a year and enjoyed what they had to offer at the preschool age. However, she would come home and need to run and jump all over the place. Some kids just need to run. I like the Waldorf philosophy but I also feel times are changing and in order to keep a realistic perspective on our world, the media is a huge part of it. And being a psych major, I have learned that children feel safe when they can understand parts of their environment. Not keeping them in a bubble right smack in the middle of a thriving city. Plus parents have an imperialistic attitude at HH. The love and respect for nature and life should be given to all, not just those who can afford it.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2009
My son was there for a year and didn't learn a thing. We changed schools the following year to an more challenging academic setting. He had a lot of remedial work that he had to do the following year just to catch up to his peers. The teachers at Highland Hall are very nurturing and loving, however, the kids need more mental stimulation. I don't agree with their philosophy (actually Rudolf Steiner's) of delaying academics till the late elementary/jr. high years. My feeling is that either you're a Waldorf person or you're not, there's no middle ground. It turned out that my son had dyslexia, which had gone undetected as his class was not performing at grade level in reading or writing. He did benefit however, from having such a caring, wonderful teacher. The campus has an expansive park-like feel to it and is beautiful.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 27, 2008
My child loved her kindergarten teachers but by 2nd grade became frustrated with the repetition of form drawing and the weirdness of the eurythmy class. She is now in a charter school that is equally relaxed (no grades, no tests, no homework) but is more academically stimulating and inspiring. At Waldorf, every child works at the same pace, which is usually dictated by the children who struggle the most.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 06, 2007
More of a note than a review, addressed to perspective parents and also those who pulled their children out early (before high school). As with anything as important as your child's education, you should really do your homework before you commit to it. A very important thing to know about this and all Waldorf schools is that the Waldorf method of education is designed as a preschool to high school graduation process. If you take part in any less, you will not get the entire intended effect. Also, children don't just get an academic education there, they get guided development as as a person too. They do start 'slow' academically, but things pick up over the years and eventually, especially in high school, move beyond the vast majority of high schools academically. If you send a child to a Waldorf school K-12, the advantage in college and life is substantial.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
If your child has any learning difficulties, this school is ideal for allowing them to work without enormous pressure. If your child is academically gifted, this school will not be a good fit. There is a strong anti-intellectualism from First thru 12th grade.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2007
The H. Hall kindergarten is terrific.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2007
Adjusting to a traditional school revealed that my child was performing in every area below grade level. It took her a year to catch up, and we regret having not pulled her out before First grade. Although the campus appears serene and attractive, the lack of transparency in the curriculum is a serious problem.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2007
I have two children at the school for over ten years and found it to be nurturing, challenging, enriching, . The children learn two languages as well as stringed and woodwind instruments, and through the curriculum gain an impressive knowledge of other cultures and histories. It is an education that prepares your child to step confidently into the world and find success

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2006
Excellent kindergarten with our particular teacher; however, we had the very opposite experience in middle school; and we were so unimpressed by the time our child reached 8th grade that our child begged us to allow her to switch to a more traditional high school.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2006
Three children attended; the oldest had a great experience from k-8; our second child had a series of terrible teachers. The youngest child had a great kindergarten experience. The school has no ability to constructively address parents concerns

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2006
In spite of the beautifuyl appearance, it feels like a cult. There are no academics standards.

- submitted by a former student
May 10, 2006
This is the best school I have researched. The teacher, community and atmosphere of this loving school help my son and daughter grow as whole and healthy human beings. Their philosophy is focused on teaching children from their whole being not just their brains. It makes such a difference for us as parents as well. Our family is in such unison since we have brought our children there.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2006
Yes, this is a Waldorf school! This means that it is a brilliant and meaningful education. My son was a high-achieving student in an excellent public charter school from K-5th grade and transferred to Waldorf Education in 6th grade. While it took some adjusting in terms of relaxing into the curriculum, and overcoming my fears of not immediately being able to 'quantify' the quality of education as had been our custom in public school [standardized testing], I've seen a highly intelligent boy nurtured in ways I've not seen before in his prior education. This is an education that truly nurtures the whole person--academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally. These kids are learning who they truly are through this education and graduate with a confidence, passion and vision that I have rarely seen in other students. The teachers and administrators are excellent, available and know every child.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2006
As the name states, this is a Waldorf school, which is a very definite thing. For some, it is perfect, for some not such a good fit. That is the first thing a prospective parent needs to research. One distinctive aspect of Waldorf schools is there is not a 'principal'. In the event of a problem, this can be an issue. We often felt we had no one to turn to for action on our concerns. Academically, we found Highland Hall on a very different page than other private schools in the area. Our children left with way above average vocabularies, and below level skills in concrete areas such as spelling and basic math facts.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
This is a great home away from home

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2005
Waldorf school is extraordinary on developing higher level thinking skills They graduate socially, environmentally and academically sound students. The music program is second to none. Parent involvment is good.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
The campus of Highland Hall Waldorf school is beautiful - there are big playgrounds separate for the kindergarten, grades 1-3, and then 3-6. The curriculum is very soul based, not academic - at least not academic enough for my children. My 2nd grader got 'bored' there, and wanted to go to a 'real' school - so we switched her to a public charter school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2004
Highland Hall haas been an incredible school for my kids. It's enviroment is exactly what every child needs.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2004
4/22/04 - Parents at Highland Hall for 8 years and still thrilled. Cozy and nurturing in the Early Childhood Center, gently unfolding in 1st -4th grades, gradually more vigorous and expansive in 4th - 8th grades and finally extremely demanding of the intellect and soul in high school, the experience has evolved in harmony with our children's own development. We are extremely content to have our kids' childhoods honored and nourished and credit the school for contributing significantly to our incredibly great 12- and 14-year-old teens. Life for parents in the community is intense, at times difficult and messy, but always more than worth it.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2004
Highland Hall Waldorf School is the only school I've ever experienced where my children are placed in an environment that supports them as fully capable individuals cultivating their abilities and skills through positive reinforcement and individual recognition through mutual respect. The teachers invest their lives in the children's well being and the staff supports everyone with kindness. This school is a many facetted jewel in a desert of coal. Children of all ages benefit and especially very young children with loving parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2004
My son joined the Highland Hall community in 9th grade, and we were naturally concerned about fitting in to an already established social environment. We quickly discovered the open mindedness and generosity of the kids, as well as the nurturing, individualized attention of the teachers. Highland Hall students are made to feel they are valuable members of society, and that each and every one of them has significant contributions to make. They graduate with not only a rich academic experience, but also with solid values, high self-esteem, and a keen interest in furthering their personal growth.

- submitted by a parent
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Located on a beautiful, secludedl 11-acre campus in Northridge, California, Highland Hall offers a balanced, comprehensive curriculum weaving academics with the arts to inspire our students to become passionate learners. 42% of Waldorf graduates move on to math and/or science based higher education. We enjoy a vibrant community life: active PA, generous donors, community volunteers, well attended social gatherings and seasonal fairs, adult enrichment classes in arts, gardening, and parenting.

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Highland Hall Waldorf School
17100 Superior Street, Los Angeles, CA  91325
(818) 349-1394
Last modified Highland Hall Waldorf School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Highland Hall Waldorf School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top