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 .
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
Graet School, nuturing enviornment. They have a strong curriculam, with attention to the arts. I highly reccomend it.
Great community and wonderful people at this school. My child loves going to school here!
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.
This school is well know for the art and music it provides. The teacher student ratio is said to be goood.
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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