September 21, 2012
We looked at SMWS because we met Waldorf kids who were incredibly impressive as people. Not just smart & accomplished, but solid. Mature, well-rounded, able to hold conversations, NOT shallow. Among nieces & nephews, regular school kids (great in so many ways) completely occupied texting friends, can't engage meaningfully, distracted. Waldorf kids present , interested & interesting, comfortable in their own skins. The Waldorf approach is different. Deep exploration of topics, music, art, performance & integration across disciplines. No teaching to the test/learning by rote. More observational, not just accepting what you re told. Not perfect, seems to take longer than I'd like, but the kids definitely know a lot about the subject. Art, music and performance are serious. I can't believe the art my sons have done. It s is not for everyone. If your kid loves tests or is uber-competitive, or you get freaked out by the pace, array of topics or non-denominational spirituality, it can be a challenge. Shining Mountain is a great school. Big enough to have a variety of kids, goes K-12, great faculty/staff, pretty good facilities (high school gets a refresh soon), great kids & parents.
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