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