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940 Fillmore Street
Denver, CO 80206

(303) 777-0531
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Amount of homework: Not enough
July 10, 2015
No homework at all until close to middle school - dioramas and practicing for plays were the homework for many years. This handicapped our child upon entering the real world of schools. It took a lot of help to get caught up.

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Develops grit: Disagree
July 10, 2015
One of my big beefs with DWS was that I felt they really taught students to give up. If a child did not feel like doing math or science because it was "too hard", they would simply redirect the child to something easier and more fun. We noticed our child developing an "I can't do it" attitude to a lot of things that completely disappeared when we got the child out of DWS.

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Develops empathy: Agree
July 10, 2015
For the most part, yes. DWS students tend to be very good world citizens. I heard tell of severe bullying in some of the recent graduating middle school classes, but myself, never witnessed it.

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Develops honesty: Neutral
July 10, 2015
While I think DWS's guiding principles include fostering an environment of honesty, integrity, and fairness in its students, some were clearly favored over others.

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July 10, 2015
I have waited a long time to write a review on this school to make sure I am completely objective and unbiased by emotion. In general, I would say that our experience was that DWS was spectacular at what they did well, and terrible at what they did poorly, with little receptivity to feedback and change. The staff as generally unmanaged, and do not receive any performance reviews, and parents were never given an opportunity to give feedback on teachers, administrators or staff members. In fact, every time it was even suggested that one of the staff were sub-par performers, the leaders fell into a tail spin of ugly defensiveness. Perhaps that has changed since we left the school several years ago. They do certain things beautifully: creativity, arts, music, dance, physical exercise, outdoor play time, unstructured play time, independent thought, and harmonious relationships with students. Academically, based on all of my research, I believe they deliver a modified version of Waldorf methodology. The kids get terrifically proficient at knitting, playing the lyre, and illustrating letters and numbers, while true academic functions are taught in an unorthodox manner. This approach works really well for certain kids and not so well for others. For kids who are natural-born readers and who just learn by osmosis, they do well. Anyone who needs more structure will lag far, far behind. When we left, our child was three years behind in both reading and math, which seemed of little or no concern to the teachers or staff. Their theory was that the child would "simply catch up by 12th grade", a chance we ultimately were not wiling to take. If I had to do it again, I would do Parzival pre-school and 1st and 2nd grade at DWS and then get my child into a more academically structured environment. We have heard from parents who stayed and left later that they regretted the decision, and behavioral issues got worse as the years progressed. In sum, great, great school for young kids, pull them out by 3rd grade if you have any aspirations for your child to attend competitive schools in the future.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2015
I have attended Denver Waldorf since I was six. I love the curriculum and the artistic ways the students are taught, but your experience all depends on the class teacher and classmates you get. If you get stuck with a teacher who is mean, or doesn't like you, then your learning is put at risk. I have been bullied before, and the teachers don't step in. If I could go back to first grade, I would not go to Denver Waldorf. Some people have really good experiences with Denver Waldorf, and others don't.

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September 03, 2014
Denver Waldorf School certainly is a kind and loving place. However, it is also a SCHOOL. It needs to shift a lot of focus to academic rigor so that it balances out the social/emotional/spiritual curriculum. Any private (and well compensated) school faced with a student clamoring for more learning and more engagement academically should meet that kid, should stretch to push her and give her the expansion she seeks. Waldorf did the exact opposite with our kid, so much so that she concluded on her own that it couldn't possibly be serious (in high school or otherwise) about academic excellence or even academics generally. If a child begs for challenge or rigor or higher standards from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, and the school ignores her, then there is something terribly wrong. The school is run by committee and is nearly paralyzed from the start of every decision of consequence. The "head of school" is solely a figure head and has little power to make any significant or important policy (or frankly otherwise) decisions. I love the Waldorf education. This version of it at the Denver Waldorf, however, sadly leaves a lot to be desired.

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April 30, 2014
This is a great school where the teachers and administration really care about the children. They show great respect and understanding for each child and create the type of environment needed so that children can learn and become happy, well adjusted, caring, educated, conscious human beings.

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September 20, 2012
We just started pre-school at the Waldorf. We are extremely happy with everything and our son (3) seems very happy and comfortable. My son commented "There are no bad kids in my class". What he means is that the kids are gentle, caring, and well behaved. This is credit to the Waldorf phylosophy and the wonderful implementation by the DWS. I do not know how doing the full curriculum at the Waldorf works out but this is an excellent start.

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May 21, 2012
Both of my children have attended DWS since they were preschool age (one currently in first grade, the other in fifth). It has been a wonderful choice for our family, with nurturing community and a focus on creative and artistic expression in learning. Both of my kids have tested gifted and have thrived without any sort of "special program" here at Waldorf. The teachers, which stay with the kids from 1st to 8th, are the reason for their excellence. Their love for the children and for teaching really shines through.

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April 10, 2012
We love this school. I feel like my daughter is getting a superb education, not just in academia but as a human (polite, working together, nature). The faculty is like family to us, we speak openly on many topics both in the school and at home. My daughter is a kinetic learner that requires interaction, she loves the movement, art and storyline based approach to learning. Another great advantage Waldorf has is having the older kids (3-6, aftercare) mixed with the younger kids. The older students are fine role models and very caring. The entire approach to learning is very unique, with a mix of tradition and progressive methodologies. 100% happy with Denver Waldorf, it's worth every cent.

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October 13, 2010
The focus of being a child and learning heartfelt skills and academics.

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July 16, 2010
Both of my daughters have been at DWS since kindergarten. They are now going into the 4th and 6th grades and I couldn t be happier with their development both academically and spiritually. I have no doubt they are both on the road to becoming strong, smart, confident and loving young women. The schools staff are truly inspiring and dedicated to your child s positive growth. And the community of parent support and involvement is refreshing. I see how we are struggling as a country to provide a sound education with moral values to our children, and am thankful I can send my kids to The Denver Waldorf...

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November 05, 2009
My son is 3.5 and started in the Woodrose Kindergarten this fall. I was a Waldorf skeptic but am quickly seeing the wisdom in the educational philosophy. I would encourage parents who are interested to take a tour and see it for themselves. Application process was a bit tedious with poor follow through by admin staff but teachers and classroom setting are extremely impressive. My $.02

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June 15, 2009
There is absolutely no safety at this school! It has gotten worse as the years have progressed! I have taken my daughter out for this upcoming year!

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June 06, 2008
My daughter has gone to the Waldorf School for the past three years, and it has been a wonderful experience. She started as a 2.5 year old and is now in the pre-K class. Her teachers have been warm and nurturing, and have supported my daughter's growth and development. I can't say enough about the staff and the school as a whole. It offers a unique and interesting learning experience!

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December 04, 2005
The teachers at The Denver Waldorf School are the most talented people I have ever met. One unique feature of Waldorf education is that the Class Teacher will stay with the same class Grades 1 - 8. This allows my child to have another stable adult figure in her life which we know makes a huge difference to children's well-being. Art and movement are huge parts of the curriculum and are woven into the academics -- my child's teacher is like a Renaissance Man (as are all the teachers at the school) -- he weaves so much into the subject matter and my child gets to learn from every angle. This is what is so great: all the children are learning in the way that makes sense for them and they are in a welcoming, nurturing environment the whole time. I am very grateful to this school.

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Denver Waldorf School
940 Fillmore Street, Denver, CO  80206
(303) 777-0531
Last modified Denver Waldorf School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Denver Waldorf School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top