"Waldorf is the fastest growing independant education movement in the world."
Students enrolled 95
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Transportation options None
After school Yes

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1857 Curlew Rd
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

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(727) 786-8311
(727) 789-8265
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4 stars
Based on 22 ratings

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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
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
October 09, 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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
January 08, 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
March 02, 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
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
October 02, 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
June 07, 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
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
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
no rating February 09, 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!

- submitted by a community member
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
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
no rating October 19, 2008
My son loves his teacher, loves the campus and loves the classes.

- submitted by a parent
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
October 17, 2008
Graet School, nuturing enviornment. They have a strong curriculam, with attention to the arts. I highly reccomend it.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2008
Great community and wonderful people at this school. My child loves going to school here!

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2006
My child tried this school as he entered fifth grade. We found the children and parents had feelings of 'I'M better than you'. The lack of curriculum was a diappointment. They do give daily lessons in music and art. Their basic concept of children learning social skills drew us to the school; but their lack of a strong administrator and a very self absorbed teacher had us leaving the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2005
This school is well know for the art and music it provides. The teacher student ratio is said to be goood.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2005
The quality of academic programs doesn't apply as there were no academic programs. The school is not a non-sectarian establishment as they espouse - the lessons are based on a Christian sect's teachings, and the Bible is used heavily in the classroom. Parents are *required* to volunteer large amounts of time at the school, and when they cannot, they are forced to make large financial donations. We pulled our daughter out in first grade; the school should house pre-K to grade 6 at this point in time, yet they do not (which indicates the resounding failure of the 'academic program'). The school frowns on TV and advertising, yet they use the children to advertise events scheduled to take place on the church grounds (Unitarian Universalist - they rent space from the church).

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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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Suncoast Waldorf School
1857 Curlew Rd, Palm Harbor, FL  34683
(727) 786-8311
Last modified Suncoast Waldorf School is a Private school that serves grades PK-5
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