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7450 Pocket Road (as of Sept. 2015)
Sacramento, CA 95831

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August 26, 2015
My children have received an education that has taught them how to think critically, problem solve, and ask amazing questions about life, relationships, and how the world works. Creativity is threaded through their problem-solving abilities, as well as through their artwork and how they play with others. I have two avid readers. They truly hold a love for learning about the world, whether at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose (5th grade field trip) or at Full Belly Farm in the Capay Valley (3rd grade field trip). Moreover, they attend a school with a close community. We parents volunteer out of love for special events like Protected Path and Winter Faire, and also participate in ways to support the faculty and raise money for the school. Camellia Waldorf is diverse in terms of race, culture, and socioeconomics. This is important to our non-Anglo family with mixed-race children. Final words are that I am glad this option exists in Sacramento. Teachers are dedicated and committed. The Administrator is solid and accessible. With some recent changes (the school is moving to the Pocket neighborhood), the school is committed to the education and well-being of our children.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
August 20, 2015
So far, with a middle school-age child, I feel the amount of homework daily and weekly has been just right. Periodic projects have been helpful in teaching my son to manage his time and pace himself through a longer process of gathering, analyzing, and presenting information. Having to do oral presentations and participate in plays have also been beneficial in building confidence.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
August 20, 2015
I think Camellia Waldorf has a subtle way of developing persistence and determination among students. My daughter enjoys learning math and loves to read, and has become patient with the usual ups and downs of social relationships. My middle school-age son has progressed not only in academic subjects, but also in terms of his physical agility and ability. He has become a strong cello player as well, pushing past moments of wanting to quit altogether.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 19, 2015
The teachers have been great. Very dedicated and attentive to details. They really care about the students and how and whether they are learning and thriving. If I ever have questions or concerns, I approach individual teachers for answers. The class teacher and other subject teachers for Spanish, music, and gardening have been accessible in my experience.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly agree
August 19, 2015
Yes, in many ways. Students are taught to respect their classmates, students in other grades, and adults whether teachers, staff or parents. Each morning every child is greeted by their class teacher with a handshake and quick moment to connect. There are opportunities for group projects and team-building which also support mutual respect.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 19, 2015
Yes, toward all others -- classmates, students in other grades, teachers, staff, and parents and other adults. In addition, I think that the value of caring is also supported through the gardening program and experiences learning to care for animals.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Agree
August 19, 2015
Yes, overall. If and when there are concerns in this regard, teachers reach out to parents to together address any issues; there are avenues for parents to initiate such conversations. The school has invested resources in a social inclusion program as well.

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August 17, 2015
Camellia is a remarkable place for children and their families. There is a strong emphasis on integrated learning that incorporates imagination, understanding, creativity, rigor, attention to detail, and a sound moral base. The curriculum is challenging but at a deliberate, appropriate pace that leaves children with an eagerness to learn more. The school incorporates a regular ritual of festivals and other opportunities for public speaking and appearances that build confidence in children and community more widely. Both the faculty and the parents are committed to creating an atmosphere that reduces a lot of the materialism, shallowness, and stilted social skills that come with an over reliance on TV, video games, and the Internet. I have two children there and I sense that this place is building leaders and well rounded citizens that our world sorely needs.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 17, 2015
The teachers at Camelia are there because they really want to be. They carry a heavier workload for lower pay than many other teachers, but they have jobs they believe in. They are among the most compassionate, patient, and talented people I have encountered.

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Amount of homework: Don't know
August 17, 2015
I know opinions vary widely here and I have no expertise. It also varies somewhat by teacher at Camelia. But, in my experience there has not been too much homework in the lower grades, but enough to develop some solid work habits and expectations.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly agree
August 17, 2015
The kids are challenged both mentally but also physically. It takes a lot of persistance to rasp, file, and sand a piece of cedar into a perfectly round egg or to master the times-tables or to learn how to juggle or spell. Camelia works on these values from many different angles. I have to say, I'm impressed that this questionnaire/rating system includes questions like this.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 17, 2015
These are difficult traits to teach, but I have been impressed to the extent that the teachers, other parents, and the students exemplify them. Kids can be tough on each other, but Camelia goes out of its way to avoid bullying, exclusion, and inappropriate language. It may be easier here than some schools as the parents really are a self-selective group of people who share these ideals.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 17, 2015
The school emphasizes cooperation, empathy and moral maturity. These aren't easy things to test, but I've been impressed at the parent meetings and the comments and questions I've heard from my childern.

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August 17, 2015
Our family has been part of the Camellia community since our son entered kindergarten. He's now about to enter the sixth grade. The school is a very special place and is made up of very dedicated and hard-working teachers, students, staff, and parents. Our son is blossoming in his education and his social development. The curriculum is deep and expansive. Music and the arts go hand-in-hand with mathematics, science, and the language arts. Amazing field trips that integrate with the material being studied are incorporated throughout the year and bring to life many of the concepts and ideas that are being introduced. All children should be so lucky as to have the amazing educational experience available at Camellia!

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 17, 2015
Our teachers have been wonderful. All of them have had my children's best interest always on the forefront.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
August 17, 2015
Homework was offered for the first time in 3rd grade, I felt that to be very appropriate. It built from there and was very reasonable.

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August 17, 2015
My oldest some is entering the 5th grade and my middle son the 1st. We have been a part of the Camellia Waldorf community since 2010. Our experience with this school has been amazing! The teachers have been wonderful, offering a rich curriculum. I am looking forward to my youngest starting preschool in the next few years, as I know it will be fabulous.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly agree
August 17, 2015
Respect is important at Camellia. It forms the basis for all interactions among the students, faculty, staff, and board of trustees.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
August 17, 2015
Students are always encouraged to strive to their personal best. They work in an environment that acknowledges and recognizes different abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. No one is good at everything, but everyone is good at something. Your job as a student at Camellia is to be the best you can be.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
August 17, 2015
Homework is introduced later than at many other schools. In fact, the children are often clamoring for homework by the time they get it. That enthusiasm doesn't last indefinitely, but it sure is a great way to start! The homework is generally meaningful and progressive. It's not just "busy-work." The children are challenged and learn good time management skills as the years progress and they need to balance extra-curricular activities (like basketball and soccer in the upper grades) as well as their academics.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 17, 2015
The teachers are dedicated and hard-working and are on a path of ongoing improvement and training. Each child is considered as an individual and individual needs are balanced within the larger class. Smaller class sizes allow for more individualized attention without negatively impacting the larger class.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 17, 2015
Again, paying attention to virtues like compassion, caring, and empathy are part of the community-learning that happens at Camellia. Sure, there are times when the kids roll their eyes at some of the concepts, but it's quite another thing to see them in action when they cheer for each other's victories and offer words of encouragement at times of struggle.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 17, 2015
At Camellia, there is a strong emphasis on the development of the whole person. This includes an understanding of the role of honesty, integrity, and fairness. These concepts are put into practice in real-life situations that allow the students to learn how they work and how to use them in their lives. It's not often easy to manage these situations, but the teachers are dedicated to working with the students to "figure it out" and apply the right amount of gentle guidance and clear direction to help the process along.

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2015
Great school! Dedicated faculty, exceptional curriculum, supportive parents, wonderful community! As a family we are deeply grateful for all that Camellia has done for us. This is a very special place.

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April 17, 2014
I LOVE Camellia. It is the most magical place a child could ever attend school and the memories created there will last a lifetime. They will take this experience into adulthood as much more aware, sold adults with a developed sense of self. I am so grateful and blessed to be a part of this wonderful community and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. The curriculum has a way of healing children and providing them with opportunities you just cannot find anywhere else. I wish I would have had the opportunity to attend a Waldorf school; however, now I get to live vicariously through my child and all her lovely experiences. Thank you Camellia for making this an experience of a lifetime.

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January 28, 2014
I wanted to talk about Camellia because I have a son in the 8th grade this year. This is his 10th year at the school and there were times when he didn't want to be here. But today on his high school application he said that he "cherished" his Waldorf experience. Many people think Waldorf is for younger kids. But I will say the real gold in this type of education comes in middle school, when children grown into amazing teenagers who are kind, reflective, and can talk to adults. I feel my son is fully prepared for high school and he is excited because he enjoys learning and school and I credit Camellia Waldorf school with this. I can without hesitation recommend this school, but stay to 8th grade or you are really missing out!

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February 25, 2013
If you're looking for a school with teachers that are dedicated to their profession and are always looking for ways to help your child excel (socially, academically, and physically) and a warm and inviting community of teachers, parents, and staff, then you've found your school. We've been here since our son entered kindergarten and he's now a third grader; it's been a great experience for our whole family. Frankly, I wish I'd gone to Camellia as a kid!

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October 13, 2011
We came to Camellia last year as we were not happy with my children's current private school which was way to income driven. At first glance Camellia may come off as too organic or too warm and fuzzy. The facilities are a little run down, but fully functioning, and to be honest, kids don't care. What we have found is that this is a top notch school. The teachers and staff are extremely dedicated. The creative way education is taught is wonderful. My children absolutely love this school. They miss it on the weekends. This is a non-profit school, and all tuition goes towards paying the teacher's salaries and to the school. There is absolutely no monies being paid to a private "owner/operator" of the school. The method of teaching (e.g., reading a year later than public school) has proved to be beneficial to my child. Basically, once they learn to read they take off and are caught up with those in public schools. We have also found the kids in the older grades at Camellia seem to be friendlier and more social than the average teenager. I think this has to do the the community of the school. I can't say enough good things about this school. We are so happy there.

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June 16, 2011
We ve known for years that Camellia is a wonderful school for young children and their families, but as our child has grown older, we have come to realize what a gift this school is for families with students in the middle grades, 5th through 8th. Some aspects of the middle school education at Camellia that we appreciate most are as follows: arts and academics deftly interwoven in a way that deepens the learning experience, the opportunity for personal reflection and expression in every lesson, and the sense of community leadership that is cultivated in the middle school students. Moreover, with Camellia s emphasis on mental and physical health and acuity, and with materialism and commercialism deemphasized, students ease into adolescence at Camellia with more grace and fluidity, and less turbulence, than is typical in other schools.

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June 07, 2011
Our family couldn t be more thrilled with Camellia Waldorf. The teachers are so committed and professional. The curriculum throughout the grades is really amazing. Children have the opportunity to learn such a broad range of things, from the traditional academics, to art, music and movement. Instead of a lot of the busy work and rote learning that happens at some schools, the Waldorf approach really encourages a deep understanding of each subject matter. As a math major myself, I have been especially impressed with their approach to math, beginning as early as first grade. And it has been taught in a way that has gotten my daughter really excited about it. I have a first grader and preschooler. All our daughters teachers have been so warm, kind, caring, thoughtful and intelligent. From my older daughter s very first week at Camellia in Kindergarden, she asked repeatedly if she could go to Camellia through eighth grade. In addition to the school, we love the community of families that are part of the school and have made a number of treasured friendships. Camellia really is a special place, and we feel so fortunate to have found this school.

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November 18, 2010
Camellia offers a wonderful, loving environment in which children are not only challenged to be creative and intelligent but still allowed to be kids. They grow at a pace that is right for them and are not forced to be young adults too early by outside cultural and media influences. My wife and I have always had strong mathematic and analytical backgrounds and Camellia has fulfilled our hopes in that regard. But Camellia also offers them an artistic education that we could never provide. Whether my children ever become artists or not, such an education will continue to enrich their lives for many, many years to come. I am proud to be able to offer my children the educational experience that Camellia provides.

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February 03, 2010
The first time I came onto the campus I knew I was in a very special place. The quality of teachers, the nurturing environment, the focus on developing both a child's creative and intellectual capacities, as well as cultivating in them a sense of reverence for the natural world makes this the only place in Sacramento that I would send my children. While gardening, music, arts and movement programs are something that are considered 'extra' (or are non-existent) in most schools, at Camellia they are integral to their mission of educating the WHOLE child, not just the child's brain. The school's committed to making this education as available as possible through a progressive tuition assistance program is beautifully reflected in the diversity of the student body. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in a giving their child an opportunity to reach his or her true life potential.

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February 02, 2010
We are new to Camellia. We have been very impressed with the strong parent community and the effort and care demonstrated by the teachers. The curriculum is very beneficial in bringing out the best in students. They turn out very well rounded individuals, stimulating them in the areas of academics, music, art, physical development, spirituality and social abilities. If the public school chaos concerns you, Camellia is worth a look!

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January 25, 2010
I am a member of the faculty and also a parent at Camellia Waldorf School. I enjoy so many things about this school it is hard to know where to begin. I wholeheartedly respect my fellow colleagues who are multi-talented, insightful and optimistic. I enjoy the down-to earth- parent body whose love for this school warmly welcomes any newcomer. The children are the greatest gift, and this community, parents and faculty alike, strive to work together to support healthy children who enjoy learning.

- submitted by a teacher

January 24, 2010
I have two children in adjoining grades. They love to go to school and learn. This is due to the fact that learning is made to be fun. The teachers take a genuine interest in the learning and well being of the children. The parents are very involved and make class functions enjoyable and memorable. I enjoy watching them grow in to young adults with the solid footing that their schooling gives them.

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January 24, 2010
I was skeptical of sending my son to private school, but my concerns went away after just a few weeks in the Waldorf system. There are many reasons why I've been happy with our experience at Waldorf (many are listed by others in these reviews), but the 2 items that stand out the most to me are: 1) they recognize that spiritual and religious ideas are an important part of the overall educational experience and 2) they focus on teaching the children to learn through experience and play instead of lectures and homework.

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January 20, 2010
Camellia Waldorf couldn't be better for my daughter. Due to financial circumstances, we tried the first grade at a public Waldorf school; however, it did not have the magic of Camellia. So we returned to Camellia. Our daughter will be graduating this year. The Waldorf method emphasizes the needs of the individual child. Our daughter has academic challenges and the teachers have been fantastic at challenging her at her level of development. Our experience there has been marvelous with our daughter excelling in the arts, struggling with the academics, and maintaining high self-esteem.

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2010
With little understanding of Waldorf education initially, we enrolled our 2-year old in the parent-tot program at Camellia. It s been 4 years now at CWS and we value Waldorf pedagogy and its balanced curriculum integrating arts and humanities with math and science. My nephew, a CWS graduate, attends a high school for technology and is a critical thinker and entrepreneur. He has been recognized for his ability to work as a team player and deliver oral presentations. We attribute this to Camellia. My husband and I are pleased with Camellia s early childhood program and have so much to look forward to as our children reach grade levels and beyond. Also, the socio-economic and cultural diversity at Camellia are part of what makes the school unique. We re a family of mixed cultures (Asian and African American); diversity was imperative in our decision-making. Take a tour. Tip: Ask about financial aid.

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January 19, 2010
My son started in the parent-toddler program when he was two, and he is now four and in Kindergarten. He has blossomed at Camellia. He has the opportunity to play and learn through his playing, without pressure to perform academically, and at the same time I see his intellectual development is being nurtured and encouraged. He is a very physical boy, and the teacher is able to direct his physicality in positive developmental directions. My second son is now in the parent-toddler program, and absolutely loving it!

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January 15, 2010
We love Camellia! Our kindergarten class has 15 students with a wonderful teacher and an amazing aide. Our children adore and feel safe with them. Teaching is an art form to both and that they care deeply for each child and their education. Camellia s kindergarten is a magical place. The play yard, daily rhythms, daily art, rich language play, healthy snacks, and inspiring classroom make school a special place. The teachers and parents are down to earth, funny, and wise. We never thought we could afford Camellia, but generous tuition assistance has made it possible.

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January 15, 2010
We are so grateful for our son's 3.5 years at Camellia so far! My husband and I both attended public schools and went on to complete Masters Degrees. When our son was born we thought we would send him to the school down the street. However, we began hearing from family members who teach at public schools about the changes that standardized testing are creating in the classrooms. In addition I was researching up and coming industries for a client and discovered findings that our current school system is not designed to create innovators and workers for the coming global economy. While private school was a huge paradigm shift for us- we are so glad we took that leap! Our son is thriving body, mind, and spirit. And best of all, he loves school and learning. Camellia is a warm and diverse community. I recommend a tour!

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January 15, 2010
My son has been a student at Camellia since kindergarten and will be graduating this year. I have watched him develop academically and emotionally, and am confident that he is ready to face high school. Thanks to the support and guidance of teachers and staff, Camellia continues to thrive as a nurturing environment for all.

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January 15, 2010
Camellia Waldorf is a gem! Our child is learning in an environment that enriches his whole person and is the most developmentally appropriate education model we have found. I strongly encourage any parent to come and see what this amazingly caring, creative, inspiring school has to offer their children. We could not be happier with our experience at Camellia Waldorf.

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January 15, 2010
Camellia provides an environment where my children enjoy learning and are allowed to do so at their own pace. My child who excels at math is given work that challenges him, which is beyond what the others in the class may be doing. Another child who excels at reading is allowed to read at his own ability, but is also encouraged to assist others in the class with their reading skills. Camellia is a community. The other parents and the teachers are part of that community. We all support one another. I am so grateful to have found this school.

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November 16, 2009
One of my children is about to graduate from Camellia Waldorf School, having been here since 1st grade. I feel so grateful for what he has experienced here - a very rich intellectual experience, with a profound grounding in history, literature, science, and math, all taught with a perspective on how these various disciplines have developed as human culture has progressed. This has been great preparation for high school, as demonstrated by high scores on standardized testing that is done in 7th and 8th grades. The parent and student community is amazing - every child, even the most challenging, is part of the community - there are no outcasts. My child also discovered his passion for music here, and it has expanded his world. I know on graduation day I will be very tearful - fortunately I have a younger child who will still be at Camellia next year.

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March 30, 2008
Camellia Waldorf is a wonderful school that brings education alive for our two children. The children are happy and engaged in their play and in their learning. We moved our high achieving academic child from a public magnet school to Camellia last year and couldn't be happier with our experience. This a wonderful school community that is really worth investigating for your child!

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April 12, 2007
Truly dedicated faculty, wonderful parental support, charming grounds, unparalled movement and music programs, awesome fieldtrips! In an ideal Waldorf setting, the teacher that greets your child at the beginning of 1st grade sees them through their 8th grade graduation. This gives an opportunity for these teachers to really come to know their students and develop relationships which would simply not be possible in a more traditional environment. However, this doesn't always happen and occasionally it shouldn't happen. Furthermore, there is no principal in a Waldorf school. Instead the schools are governed by the faculty themselves. Again, good and bad. Awesome when it works well but have seen it work not so well too. In the end I would say that Waldorf schools create individuals unlike anything else out there. Their students are recognizably unique and interesting and to know them is to love them. Each and every one.

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June 09, 2005
Camellia Waldorf is an excellent school that fosters imagination, creativity, discipline, and independent thought. The parents and teachers form a supportive community of adults, looking out for the well-being of all the children. Although art, music, and movement are stressed, they are tools for learning, not the ends themselves. The graduates from the eighth grade have been able to go into the high school of their choice and have excelled in the sciences as well as the humanities. Our children learn about tolerance and acceptance of all world cultures. Spirituality, not religion, is promoted, as the Waldorf philosophy believes in the education of the whole child, body, mind, spirit, and heart. As the student body is small, each child is given individualized attention and allowed to progress at the their own pace without outside artificial pressures and standards. Yet these children score well on standardized testing.

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March 31, 2005
When I first enrolled my daughter in this school I fell in love with the artistic and spiritual world that she was immersed in. The school events were magical for adults as well as children. As the year went on though my daughter began to get bored. She wanted to learn to read (they don't teach reading until 1st grade). Her friend next door was doing homework, so my daughter made up her own. I realized that she needed more than magic and art-she needed something to challenge her. Waldorf doesn't really offer much of that at her age level. Parent involvement was very good-we had gardening days and things such as that to keep up the school.

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October 05, 2003
Great school, where education is a journey not a race. Loving environment with care on the academics, arts and movement

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Camellia Waldorf School
7450 Pocket Road (as of Sept. 2015), Sacramento, CA  95831
(916) 427-5022
Last modified Camellia Waldorf School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Camellia Waldorf School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 64 reviews. Top