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Westside Waldorf

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Posted February 22, 2014

Wish I could give them ZERO STARS !!! I had an ABSOLUTELY AWFUL experience !! This used to be a super sweet school with lots of nice people, but when I returned after attending a different school for four years, this place has turned into a nightmare !!! My problems started at Westside after I was there Five years and they made the wrong choice in first grade teachers. I was in a class where the teacher would walk kids up to the front and hit them (not me). The school didn't believe us so we left, but about six months later they eventually fired him. My teacher was totally incapable of teaching middle school, and when she felt that you were starting to figure that out she would humiliate you saying you knew too much, or try to give you a lecture on how drops of water are not the same as water drops. One time I was wearing clear nailpolish, and they made me take it off in front of the head of school, while she gave me a lecture on how it is harming the imaginations of the younger ...

Posted September 16, 2013

My first reaction to Westside Waldorf s 15th St. Campus was, Where is the chaos created by 3, 4, and 5 year olds? . From the loving firm voices of teachers to the delightful playground there was a feeling of calm. I had never witnessed such warmth in a school setting. What was it be like at the Main Campus? I found it the same. As a first grade teacher I did question my grand- daughter s lack of reading skills after 1st grade. Her math skills were amazing, but her reading was weak in 2nd grade. Then there was a rush to read longer & more difficult books. Now in third grade she reads whenever possible. Once after school I was asked to watch children ages 13 to a toddler while parents decorated for a fair. In two hours there was not even an argument. Creative play was everywhere on a playground built to inspire such play. According to Waldorf philosophy my grandchildren do not watch television, nor do they have computers or IPads. Yet their vocabulary & their creative and problem solving skills are wonder- fully developed. Computer skills will be a snap. My grandchildren will be prepared for whatever the world gives them with calm self-confidence and respect for others.

Posted September 13, 2013

My children have been at Westside since first grade. My son left last Feburary; daughter is still there, but we would pull her out now if we found a better educational situation. Curriculum is lovely, based on 1920 ideas of Rudolf Steiner; it's like an art school that teaches the basics of reading, writing, arithmetic and has a spiritual foundation. It does not keep up with the times in terms of learning differences. If your child has learning issues this is not the right school. If your child gets a bad teacher and/or bad kids in class your child doesn't have much hope since the same teacher and same kids go through grades 1-8 together. Bullying is prevalent and is not adequately addressed. Westside Waldorf (maybe all Waldorfs) may be the only school in Los Angeles WITHOUT an anti-bullying policy. Teacher/student ratio is 1:26, no aides. There is no principal only a governing council made up of teachers and 2 administrators, in many respects, the teachers run the school. When it comes to administrative/financial stuff one hand doesn't know what the other one is doing. Anything to do with money, do not trust their words, make sure everything is in writing.
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Posted August 8, 2013

I love my school. It is a small supportive environment that creates real living human beings. Media and technology is limited at the school which means critical thinking and troubleshooting is required. At a school I previously attended we had more ''difficult academics''. But academics isn't the biggest thing you learn at waldorf. Its not challenging to fill out a worksheet, however its extremely difficult to write an essay and draw a picture to articulate how something works. We work for what we have and what we get. Waldorf is wonderful if you are willing to put in the work. It is very possible that I haven't memorized all the facts other kids have, but I have grown into a person by attending this school. The people at the school are deeply connected to each other and want to see everyone succeed. I was sad to see such a negative post about the school, but Waldorf doesn't work for everyone. The parents lose faith in the school, thinking that the students are ''behind'' based on the curriculum of other schools, and often we are. But Waldorf shows you how to think and to use the full capacity of your brain in a world where that is often not required.

Posted May 25, 2013

I was saddened to read the previous review so thought I would just share my experience with the school. We have 2 children in the early childhood program and love it. Our oldest has been there for 4 years and we respect and appreciate all of his teachers. They seem to really pay attention to the whole child and make great suggestions on how to work with any issues the child may be facing. The parents are all super involved and media is very limited or non existent with their classmates. My only gripe would be that I hope an expansion of the grounds would occur one day. I realize it is an 'urban' campus but would be nice to have more space- although the grounds and buildings they have now are quite lovely. Overall recommend this school!
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Posted March 12, 2013

Hmm, I posted my review yesterday and it disappeared.Here it is again. if your goal is to have a child who can't spell and is bad at math go to Waldorf! It's ok for most of the students there, since at least half of the kids there will end up being trust fund babies and will never have to worry about spelling or math. And some of the grade teachers can not spell either. Also, when they say they don't want you to expose your children to media, they only say that, in reality everybody watches tv, plays video games etc. The most hypocritical bunch of parents I've ever seen. Also, they deny that bullying exists at the school but meanwhile plenty of children are really mean to each other and LOVE to single out one kid and pick on him/her. Mine wasn't one of the kids that got picked on but to watch it happen to others and hear everybody deny it is depressing. I think they bully each other because they are bored out of their minds for most part. My child is now at a public school and it is as if a whole world of knowledge just opened up in front of her. Administration at this school is also horrible. You will never hear a straight answer out of them. Same goes for board of trustees.
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Posted August 27, 2012

I am that parent that is not easily impressed, but the WS Waldorf school has exceeded my expectations! As a psychologist, I am mindful not only of the importance of type of education, but also of the way that the children are instructed, spoken to, how conflict is dealt with...I have been so impressed! In addition, the richness of community has really made us feel so connected. We LOVE Westside waldorf school!!
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Posted May 15, 2010

My daughter has been here for almost two years now. She loves it! Lizzie and I do too.
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Posted May 15, 2010

I keep marvelling at the growth in my grandchildren and how this education keeps their enthusiasm and joy for life and learning alive! What a blessing in today's crazy world!

Posted December 21, 2009

Our son's teachers have been guides for our whole family as we've navigated the waters from age 1 (Parent-Tot) to age 5 (Kindergarden). He has truly blossomed under their loving care, and his imagination is second to none among the other kids in our extended family. I wish I was 5 and could attend WWS myself!
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Posted December 10, 2009

We chose westside waldorf after looking at many schools ---- and we are so happy with our experience at the school. The Teachers are so wonderful and the school community is filled with parents who truly care. If you are looking for an education that supports your child to truly know who they are and to be able to think not just memorize---explore Westside Waldorf.
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Posted December 9, 2009

I love the Westside Waldorf School and the philosophy it is based on. My oldest is in 4th grade now but we began in the Parent-tot program in 2002. Her wisdom, discernment, awareness, and creativity amaze me. The faculty is wonderful and each lesson is a work of art. Everything is done with reverence and a beautiful aesthetic sense. The education allows the children to connect with their innate desire to learn and explore. I am seeing them growing into independent and intelligent thinkers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 9, 2009

My children and I are so very happy here!
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Posted December 8, 2009

Westside waldorf school is the best school for children. The academics and process in which the academics are taught make it possible for the children to enjoy learning and retain the lessons. The teachers are true guides for the children on their education path. When education is done in the waldorf way it becomes curative medicine . If your child goes to waldorf you will feel at peace.
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Posted December 8, 2009

The best school by far!! The Faculty is dedicated, supportive, and unique with their superior teaching methods. I would highly recomend anyone to attend a open house ASAP.
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Posted December 8, 2009

This school is magical, creative, solid, nurturing, and amazing. No words can describe the Waldorf teachers, academics, and families. We are so grateful every day we found this school for our children, and are hoping to help establish a Westside Waldorf high school very soon!
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Posted August 18, 2009

My son graduated from Westside Waldorf School and he is a straight 'A' student in his honor and AP classes at a very challenging prestigious prep school in the area. More important than that he has a reverence for life and real passion for learning. He is very thankful for his Waldorf Education where he was allowed to explore and be a child.
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Posted November 3, 2008

I have been thrilled with the Westside Waldorf School. My daughter is currently in the middle school and is thriving. The teachers are excellent, the curriculum is rich and amazing, and the classes are small enough that the students are getting enough individual attention. My daughter is becoming an increasingly capable and confident young lady. We couldn't be happier with this school!
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Posted April 11, 2008

It is truly unfortunate that this school continues to promote itself to parents without sharing that the model is based on Anthroposophy. If you are interested in any Waldorf School read about Rudolf Steiner. Here is a good website to start with: openwaldorf. com
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Posted February 18, 2008

My son attends the nursery school at the Westside Waldorf. The teachers are extremely caring, dedicated and professional. My son was very shy when he started at the school, but he has bloomed and made many friends because of the nurturing atmosphere. All the children learn manners and discipline, and they learn to share and get along well with their peers. The atmosphere is beautifully tranquil. We could not be happier with this school.
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17310 Sunset Boulevard
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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