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Westside Waldorf School

Private | PK-8 | 250 students

Waldorf education has been called "the world's best-kept educational secret." Fr
 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $1,449,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,400.

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Posted September 11, 2014

The review below (Oct 23, 2913) was written ivy the school in defense of a prior bad review submitted by a parent. Westside Waldiorf School has gone way down hill especially after they brought in (shipuffked from other waldorf school) a specific waldorf teacher /governing board member. Better to look elsewhere. We were former parents at this school for many years.


Posted October 23, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Franzi Utter
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Waldorf
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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Special education
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Middle School Sports Programs
Girls sports
  • Middle School Sports Programs

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • The purpose of Westside Waldorf School is "to provide children with a balanced education appropriate to each developmental stage through combining artistic, cognitive, and practical lessons to nurture the strengths, potential, and uniqueness of students and develop their inner and physical strength to become freethinking individuals, as set forth in the educational indications of Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Education." - From the Bylaws of W
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Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$15000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
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Financial aid offered
Yes.
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17310 West Sunset Boulevard
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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Phone: (310) 454-7064

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