My problems started here after I was here Five years. They made the wrong choice in first grade teachers. I was in a class where the teacher walked kids up to the front and hit them. The school didn't believe us so we left, six months later they eventually fired him. My teacher was incapable of teaching middle school, when she felt that you were figuring that out she humiliated 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. Once I was wearing clear nailpolish,and they she me take it off in front of the Principal while she gave me a lecture on how it harms imaginations of younger children. The ironic part is the 2nd graders were wearing polish, and they were not made to take it off. One time I was trying to help a kid with their work and my teacher said infront us, " Why are you wasting your time on them, they will never get how to do that. " Once she also publicly called me the worst drawer in the class.Everything is kept confidential and the administrators lack of problem solving skills. They have a slip policy that threatens the kids so they are afraid to speak up if anything bad happens. Avoid WSW at all costs
Westside Waldorf School is a nurturing and rigorous environment in which children are engaged through "head, heart and hands." Waldorf is known for its unique approach to developmentally-appropriate curriculum, which takes children through many different cultures and eras. The curriculum is extremely rich in multi-lingual development and currently offers both Japanese and Spanish language classes; its art and music programs are well-known the world over. Waldorf was started in Germany before WWII and has spread to nearly every country in the world, with legendary schools in England, Manhattan and up north in Sacramento. It is an international community of teachers and educators with it's own national and international accreditation parameters. By 4th grade, children at the public Waldorf School (Ocean Charter), score in the top 5% of CA state tests for reading. I am myself a Waldorf graduate who attended Northwestern University and have a son who has attended for 4 years. The teachers are without peer, caring and innovative, considering all pathways to learning and conventional as well as "anthroposophic" pedagogy. You must visit the school and meet the people there.
This Waldorf school is known for being a good place for children with learning disabilities, autism, and emotional or behavioral issues, as most Waldorf schools specialize in catering to those children who do not fit into traditional educational settings. However, the Westside Waldorf failed our family by not providing enough support for our child who has mild Aspergers. Our child was taunted by both children and teachers. The best thing we ever did was remove our child from this bizarre school setting.
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