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Suncoast Waldorf School

Private | PK-5 | 95 students

Waldorf is the fastest growing independant education movement in the world.
 
 

 
 

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Posted October 15, 2014

We had always thought we would homeschool, until we found this school. I had heard about Waldorf Schools, but never thought there would be one in our area. We are so lucky to have one so close by. My children truly love going to school and come home happy, tired and dirty (from lots of outside time).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2014

Suncoast Waldorf School fosters brilliant people mind, heart and soul and instills a love of learning. Suncoast Waldorf celebrates the individual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2014

Finally a school that educates the whole child in all aspects. Arts, language, math, science - and all hands on, fun and interactive learning that will stay with them forever. Both my daughters love going to school - every single day - what more could I ask for? This school awakens a deep desire in our young ones to be interested in life - and a yearning to continue to want to learn about things unknown. Can't say enough great things about the staff, they are not just teachers, but mentors, role models and idols for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2014

In reference to the review posted on March 12, 2014 - that teacher is no longer with the Suncoast Waldorf School. This school cares more about the children then any school I have ever been to. The teachers have to go through special training to become a Waldorf teacher. They are trained to teach the whole child from the inside out through experience and interaction. Visit this school once and you will fall in love with it. There are 2 Kindergarten classes this year because enrollment has increased significantly. There are people that move to Palm Harbor specifically becasue there is a Waldorf school there. Read more detailed information on the website and email to schedule a visit.


Posted March 12, 2014

I love the system but this school particularly didn't meet the what is was looking for. My son 4 years old it's very active and went to a visit day I was at the parking lot observing and I see how the kids refuse to let him play with then an push him to the floor no one but twice an the teacher didn't do anything no even try to make a conversation , when I step out to pick up my kid the teacher told me that I didn't talk about the whole package (my son) , when what I was observing was sufficient to know what happens. This doesn't mean that waldorf education is not good, but yes school depends on the disposition of the teachers on how to meet the needs for the kids in the first visit. Love waldorf philosophy .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

Happy. Active. Confident. Loves School. This is my daughter. She is thriving in the Suncoast Waldorf school, thanks in great part to the exceptional caring and nurturing provided by her teachers and school staff. As parents, we were interested in the pedagogy of Waldorf schools, but not 100 % sold on child outcomes. We've since had the chance to see first hand what an education focused on the whole child, not just some arbitrarily chosen bits, can create within our daughter. You should visit this school- it's unlike any other in the Tampa Bay area. Come watch the children play. Explore the lovely campus and classrooms. Watch children learn with their bodies and minds in harmony. It's a beautiful thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2014

If you think your child doesn't like school then you haven't tried the Suncoast Waldorf School yet. After hearing my daughter complain that she didn't want to go to her Westchase school anymore - we looked at alternative options. We found out the Suncoast Waldorf school has a mixed aged Kindergarten and children can start as early as 3 years old. We started her in the Kindergarten and she can't wait to go every day. She is also more tired after coming home from this school which is great - her bedtime has been 10pm no matter what we tried for the last year. Now she goes to bed between 8 and 8:30pm every single night. Visit the school and see for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

This school is for anyone looking for an alternative to public school education. My daughter started to not like school as early as preschool - she was bored. I enrolled her in the Waldorf School Kindergarten class and she jumps out of bed to go to school in the morning. This school teaches children to think for themselves and brings out their creativity. The school does not believe in homework because they feel it is more important for the child to have quality time at home. Read about this school and the waldorf education nationally. I encourage you to visit the school at least once - it reminds me of how school was when I was a child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2013

As a former public school educator, I knew when our daughter was born that I needed to find an alternative approach to a broken system. If done properly, a child's elementary school experience should be filled with wonder, excitement, a sense of community, respect and the JOY of being a child. We absolutely found that in Suncoast Waldorf School. Now in the 4th grade, our sweet girl has been thriving in this family environment since age 3. The teachers and staff are caring for the individual child while giving them a love of learning, play, environment and community. If only the public schools in our nation would model this approach to learning we would have an intelligent and compassionate society. It truly is a beautiful approach to learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2013

We recently moved to Palm Harbor from Chicago and the Chicago Public School system and were excited to learn that there was a Waldorf School in the area. My daughter entered Waldorf school in 7th grade. Most of the kids in her class have been together since kindergarten, and have had the same wonderful teacher since 5th grade. The staff are incredibly dedicated to the students, and the curriculum incorporates a great balance of arts, sciences, math, handwork, music, and physical activity--versus CPS which eliminated art, had 15 minutes to wolf down lunch, no recess, and spent half the year preparing students for the ISAT. Waldorf focuses on learning, rather than teaching to the test. Above all, for the first time in her life, my daughter claims that she loves school. They don't depend on technology to teach at Waldorf, but kids still have their phones, read assignments on their kindles and type out papers like any other middle schooler. Instructors follow a certain philosophy in their teaching methods but do not impose any "dogma" on the students. The difference at this school is that there's a joy of learning, and joy of simply being at school, that I've never seen anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

My daughter began attending Waldorf this year after several in the public school setting. I am confident in her teacher, curriculum, and the staff in general. Moreover, My daughter loves everything about this school and looks forward to going everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2010

We enrolled at the school about 5 years ago, and have really grown to appreciate all that it has brought to our family. From the fantastic teachers, to the diverse curriculum, to the like-minded parental support, it has been a great experience for the whole family. Most importantly, my children are getting a well rounded education that will serve them well in the future. An education that embraces creativity, imagination and social skill unlike any other (particularly the public system that implements one miserable policy after another - what a mess). For us, there is no going back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

This is our 8th year with the school, our oldest daughter is now in pre-IB High School and our younger in 5th grade. This is truly a wholesome education, our children are avid readers, love the arts; be it musicals, paintings, drama, orchestra, etc. They have love and respect for the earth and its inhabitants. Science, math and botany is hands-on; finally my 'brown thumb' curse is over! I can go on and on, but I think the best review comes from my daughter who loves her teacher and school and wakes up happy to go to the Waldorf school in the mornings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

Suncoast Waldorf has provided a wonderful, nurturing environment for our daughter for the last 3 years. As a 'retired' public school teacher myself, I was searching for a more well rounded approach to education. Memorization for the sole purpose of taking a test was not my idea of healthy learning. From the moment we stepped onto the campus of Suncoast Waldorf I knew we found 'home'. The children we respectful not only to us but to each other as well. Upon visiting the classrooms I found the kindergarten environment to be exactly what it should be. Soft lighting, a warm inviting atmosphere and children building forts, wearing costumes, painting and making bread. It was a complete sensory experience. The upper grades were even more impressive. Chemistry being taught in middle school and children understanding it as they were 'living' the lesson and not just memorizing it. Excellent School!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

This is my grandaughters first year at the Waldorf School. I wish we had known about this school years ago. She loves the school and so do I. I tell everyone a out it!


Posted October 20, 2008

This is my son's second year and he loves it. They do a wonderful job of blending arts and academics, and integrate plenty of hands-on activities to keep the children interested and engaged. Tell me of one other school where the children don't want to go home at the end of the day, don't want summer vacation to be so long! Small, intimate classes with personal attention, a real community feel and a dedicated, loving staff who still have a passion for teaching!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2008

This is a great school, arts based education that infuses the children with a love of learning and gives them the skills to not just compete but to change and lead in the new world that they grow into. My children have show amazing changes in investigative thought processes, and ask intelligent questions, continue to surprise me and my wife everyday. Great sense of community for the whole family. Highly recommend this school for pre-K through 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2008

My son loves his teacher, loves the campus and loves the classes.
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Posted October 18, 2008

I love this school and you will too, come and see us! The children start two foreign languages in the first grade, as well as all the standard subjects (math, science, etc.) My daughter has learned so much and in a wonderful, positive atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2008

Graet School, nuturing enviornment. They have a strong curriculam, with attention to the arts. I highly reccomend it.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 42%
Hispanic 12% 29%
Black 8% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
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Math specialist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AWSNA
Fax number
  • (727) 789-8265

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Teacher-run
  • Waldorf
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • None
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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  • What Colleges Say: “Being personally acquainted with a number of Waldorf students, I can say that they come closer to realizing their own potential than practically anyone I know.” Joseph Weizenbaum, Professor (now emeritus), MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), author of “Computer Power and Human Reason”. “We love Waldorf kids. We reject some students with 1600s on their SATs and accept others based on other factors, like the creative ability Waldorf students demonstrate.” Columbia Un
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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$0 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Palm Harbor University High School
Palm Harbor Middle School
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1857 Curlew Rd
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
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