July 31, 2015
My two boys have been attending Shepherd Valley since 2011; my youngest started at age three in summer camp and will be entering 1st grade this fall. I can't say enough good things about our beautiful school. As mentioned in a previous review, we did experience a year or so of a little instability, but I'm delighted to report that the school is rebounding beautifully, and our children's education and experience never suffered during that time. Our school farm is beginning to take off, our campus is receiving beautiful updates/remodeling as I type this, and we are excited to be hosting a Farm to Fork Benefit dinner this September. The future looks very bright.
As for switching from Waldorf to public school you might find your younger grades children need some catching up to do, but by 4th grade Waldorf children are on track with their public-school peers and even ahead in some areas. The educational timeline is just structured differently from mainstream curriculum. The standards aren't better or worse, just different, so transitions to ANY school will be a little tricky, but mostly just in those first few grades (1-3).
All accredited Waldorf Schools carry the same curricular standards and practices, some are bigger, older, and more established, but all Waldorf graders are learning the same material as their peers in other Waldorf schools.
We love our little farm school and I'm convinced it's the best education I could ever hope to give my children. Our teachers are highly dedicated, educated, warm, loving, nurturing, and personally vested in the success of our children. We are very proud to be members of the Shepherd Valley community.
- submitted by a community member