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PK-8
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Decatur, GA
Students enrolled: 238
Before care: Yes
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827 Kirk Road
Decatur, GA 30030

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(404) 377-1315
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August 01, 2014
I have two children at the Waldorf School of Atlanta and could not have dreamed of a more nurturing place for my children to develop a love of learning. My children hate to miss school, it is their absolutely favorite place to be and they are thriving in so many ways. If you are interested in having children who are intellectually curious, creative, engaged with their peers in meaningful ways and simply in love with learning, there is no better place to enroll your child.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
Its hard to begin to list all the things we love about this school, but the most important one is how much my daughter loves going to school every day. She is excited and engaged and quite literally runs to greet her teacher every morning. She had a magical kindergarten experience and is now in "the grades". She is learning to love reading through really being immersed in stories, songs and letters that jump off the colorful chalkboard into her imagination and heart. She is learning art, handwork, Spanish, and care for our environment in addition to main lessons. As a parent with a master's degree in science, I love how subjects are taught by experiencing them and really delving deeper into a subject as opposed to some busywork handout or worksheet. I love how the teachers talk to the kids and don't yell. My child's class is diverse and we benefit from the school's strong sense of community. I love that she is learning so much without being stressed, overhomeworked, or subjected to filling in bubbles. We love this school and can't wait until our second child gets to join the school too. It's worth every penny of tuition.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
We are new this year to The Waldorf School. Our son is thriving and loving going to school each day. The education is hands on, and takes the whole child into account through art, music, physical activity, as well as reading, writing, and math. Expectations are high, and the children rise to meet them.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
In two months this school has changed our child and family in so many fabulous ways. Waldorf focuses on the fundamentals of living and every intelligent aspect that goes into this education. I've noticed that Waldorf kids of all ages talk comfortably with each other and adults; they feel respected. My 4 year old child wants to be useful, learn new things each day and make all kinds of friends. At Waldorf he has every opportunity to do this, and to own the experience - a real gift for any child.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
The Waldorf School of Atlanta has transformed my son into an articulate, intellectually curious, confident young person. The overwhelming attention that is paid to each child ensures that each child is nurtured and enabled to blossom at their own pace. The Rudolph Steiner philosophy of age-related development is accurate and helpful in navigating your child at home and in school. The Waldorf School teaches whole families how to live full out with their heads, heart and hands. I am so grateful to be a part of this unique and astounding community of progressive families who put childhood and family first.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
Parents looking for an exceptional education, a nurturing environment and eco-friendly philosophy and principles will find it all at Waldorf. A few highlights of the many 180-degree differences 1) Teachers stay with their children from 1st to 8th grade, which enables a strong, stable and influential relationship. 2) Children have firsthand experiences, vital to internalizing learning. You won't find fill-in-the-blank papers or textbooks; you will find children using their hands, hearts and minds in handwork, artwork, woodwork, making their own textbooks... and 3) Children get to move their bodies and have time outside to frequently connect with Nature - using their bodies in eurythmy, games and outdoor adventures. I have two sons, 2nd and 5th grades, and Waldorf is the best place for them. They were exposed to Waldorf for two months, and because of a move, I put them back into public education. My oldest, after an agonizing year, made impassioned pleas to return to Waldorf. "Waldorf understands children, the teachers know what we need and what makes us learn. They let us move and make things ourselves. I can't be who I am meant to be in public school." See the videos- S. McLeod

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
The Waldorf School of Atlanta is a special place for students and parents alike. The community is strong and supportive, at times it feels like a family. And the curriculum is so unique that the parents want to go back to school! But what it does for the children is remarkable. Literally, parents of Waldorf kids get used to hearing awed remarks about our children from friends, family and other parents at the park. Our kids are smart, confident thinkers and considerate individuals. What a Great School!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
I have two children at the Waldorf School of Atlanta and I could not be any happier with the education they are receiving. They are challenged in every way and are expected give their best efforts each day, in terms of behavior, attitude, work ethic, honesty, integrity and quality of work. Thanks to their excellent teachers, they are happy, self confident and extremely capable children who are eager to go to school each day. All of the faculty and staff at this school are outstanding. Additionally, the parents from the school never ceases to amaze me with their generosity, kindness and dedication to family and community.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
we couldtnt ask for a more nuturing wonderful place for our daughters to grow and learn.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
We have been at the Waldorf School of Atlanta for 16 years with our two sons. Every school says it strives to promote well-rounded children. For us, WSA does this in a way no other school has (one of my sons attended two other private schools locally, and the other briefly attended a third, so I have something with which to compare). My children truly enjoy learning because facts and figures are not crammed down their throats--but they are indeed learning. They are enjoying being children, having time to play as well as time to study. They become well-rounded not only from academics but from careful emphasis on social inclusion as well as the arts--not to produce little artists but because of what art brings to us all, especially to developing minds. The community is tremendous, unlike any other school/parent community I have encountered. And if you would like your child to have less involvement in all the forms of media screaming at them 24 hours a day, WSA provides a safe place for that where your child will not feel like the odd one because he doesn't text at age six or watch TV and movies all the time, etc. A beautiful place to grow a child.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
You can't even compare this school to others in the area because the philosophy is so very different. They teach the child, not the test. They value childhood, not scores. They strive to see the greatness in each individual, not make the individual fit into a mold. The Waldorf School incorporates music, art, and nature into all of their teachings - every block is made whole by having all of these elements together. Instead of teaching children answers to the problems we've already solved, they teach the children how to learn - to be the ones who will answer questions this world has not yet answered. They teach creativity and problem solving. The children who come out of Waldorf are poised and comfortable in society. They have honest and intelligent conversations with people of all ages, and they look people in the eye. The community as a whole is strong - a diverse group of individuals who all contribute culturally. It's supportive and empathetic. I've never felt so accepted by a group of people who are all so very different than I. The volunteer efforts of Waldorf parents and families is astounding. This is no ordinary school. It's extraordinary!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
This school is wonderful, with a dedicated faculty, staff, and administration. Parent involvement is a must, and the school community is thriving and diverse. The Waldorf curriculum is *very* different, but also well-established and focused on fostering creativity, self-sufficiency, and global awareness in addition to promoting academic excellence.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
I never planned on private education for my children - in fact I am a supporter of equal education for all. But after attending a parent and toddler class here, I cannot imagine my children anywhere else. My child is now in 2nd grade and my family is fully embraced in this wonderful community of caring people who understand that education is far more than teaching to a state-mandated curriculum. It is about awakening a love for learning, love for others and good stewardship of the world around us. The school is very diverse and will work with you to allow as many people as possible to benefit from its alternative and wonderful philosophy.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
This school and philosophy is fantastic. All the kids really thrive there. Teachers are fully dedicated to your child. Your child will have the same teacher every year so each year they hit the ground running. The curriculum is quite different that traditional schools but is very academic. Kids learn nuts and bolts while developing creativity and innovation. They don't teach to test, they teach to live!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
WHat a great school! My daughter is in K, the other is Grade 3. I cannot say enough about the place. Not just for my kids, but Waldorf has had a profound effect on my familiy as well. This school is def. not your run of the mill typical private school, but the school takes on a different approach where it's all about: Chilld First. Ms.Keeney and Ms. Dilworth are true gems, the same is true of most of the staff from the specialty teachers to others as well. Words cannot di this place justice.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Waldorf is a school for children that love to learn or need to learn how to love learning. This year will be my family's third year and we couldn't be happier with our decision to leave the public school grind. Waldorf provides an educational environment that my children have blossomed in. Everything that is done in this school is done because it produces learning and positive growth development. My children and I always know that what they are doing is worthwhile and has meaning for them personally and for their future. I love how all of the aspects of their day are woven into a cohesive curriculum with overlaps across subjects. The teachers are phenomenal and are there for the long term growth and education of the students. There are no quick fixes here, only well thought out strategies for success.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Waldorf of Atlanta has been an absolutely great experience for our daughter for Kindergarten, looking forward to first grade. The emphasis on reducing media consumption has been very helpful, as well as the overall approach to learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
The Waldorf School of Atlanta prepared both of my children for a rigorous high school curriculum by allowing their academic education to unfold naturally balanced with art, music and plenty of physical activity in a loving and nurturing environment that honors the whole child. If I had more children, this is where I would send them!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
We transferred to the Waldorf School of Atlanta mid-school year in 2013 from Greene-Hill School in Brooklyn, NY. We have found it nothing short of miraculous! The philosophy of considering the whole child expands the reaches and depth of education. So happy to have my 3rd and 1st grade boys here, and feel embraced by a warm, welcoming community.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
I have two children at the Waldorf school of Atlanta. My older daughter Is going into 8th grade, she has been there since kindergarten. My younger daughter has been there since kinder and is going into grade three. We love Waldorf. There is really a great feeling of community and family throughout the school. The orchestra is amazing. The children are taught to be independent, free thinkers, to ask questions and how to find the answers. Great!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
I cannot speak highly enough about this school, its teachers and staff. I firmly believe The Waldorf School of Atlanta is the be all and end all when it comes to educating our children. It's a game changer for both the child and his/her family.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2012
The dedicated faculty and staff of this school bring the curriculum to life! I love that the arts are integrated into almost every aspect of the curriculum making the learning environment rich and challenging. I know when my child leaves this school she will be well prepared for future success not only academically but also in life in general.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2012
WSA nurtures all parts of the child, and my daughter's education is more complete and well rounded because of her wonderful experiences at the Waldorf School of Atlanta! This school's approach to learning leads a child to be truly present in their class and within themselves. The curriculum, which includes handwork, games, Spanish, eurythmy as well as academic work appropriate to the age level of the grade, fosters creativity and a love of learning. There is a wonderful community spirit at WSA, and an administration that cares deeply about the success of each student and class. These students will be well prepared for a future that presents a great many unknowns - they can do far more than fill in an oval and think inside the box! My daughter is thriving in an environment that both challenges her intellectual mind as well as stimulates her heart to love learning. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful Waldorf school here in Atlanta!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2012
As a parent, I am glad that I made the decision last year to move my son into the Waldorf School of Atlanta because I am witnessing him blossoming into a confident child as a fifth grader. This school believes that children will face any challenged that is placed in front of them and I have to admit, I was at first worried that he would not answer the challenge of this school. I have to confess that he has learned so much in the last academic year and have participated in so many activities that he did not have the chance to do before in his previous private school education. He is improving both fine and gross motor skills on a daily basis. He is gaining confidence by being a part of a class play and learning how to play both the violin and the recorder (which is has taken to the violin so quickly), as well as singing with his peers in the chorus. We can have a conversation in Spanish! He is stronger academically and is learning things I did not learn until College. He has found close friendships with many of his classmate and schoolmates that will last him a lifetime. He loves his teacher and all of his secondary teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2012
This school allows children to develop their thinking through exposure to a wide variety of educational opportunities. Every child learns to play an instrument, paints and draws, and learns Spanish. They develop social skills in games classes and in middle school community service programs. Progressing through the grades with the class teacher provides a unique opportunity for children to develop a deep relationship with their educational guide. Leadership strives to respond to changes in the community.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
The education of your child depends too much on the teacher the school has for that grade, since the teacher stays with the students for a number of years. Also I do not recommend starting the school in a later grade since it is difficult for the student as well as the parents to feel welcome. The teacher has all ready made "friends" with the parents and may not listen to the new parent concerns. The music, spanish, and games teacher are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
Teaching quality, and student experience, varies greatly. A few very good teachers, but quality is inconsistent. Consensus governance model makes decision-making difficult sometimes, particularly in addressing faculty issues. Leadership voids and transitions have been persistent for years. As a result, school continues to stagnate in same semi-depressing rented church space.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2012
The educational success of your child depends heavily on what teacher they get, as teachers here stay with their class for many years potentially. The school has also struggled with consistent leadership the last few years.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2011
My children enjoy going to school and they are learning. I cannot say enough about the community and the teachers. The grade teachers stay with the children from first grade through eighth providing great continuity and commitment. The specialty teachers, especially Spanish and Math are quite strong. I also like that all students do string instruments, Cello or Violin from 3rd grade on (though middle school students can do recorder if they choose). My children are receiving a great, well-balance education. WSA has nurtured their desire to learn and has given them the skills to learn - I figure they can take it from there.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
The Waldorf School is a wonderful place to teach! I have fabulous colleagues who work together well. This school also has a strong community of parents, and the children are amazing. The partnership between parents and teachers offers the children a healthy foundation and supportive environment in which to grow and learn. There is a rich curriculum that makes teaching each subject exciting both for the students and for the teachers!

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October 17, 2009
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no rating October 09, 2009
Head Heart Hands--best education ever!!!

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January 18, 2009
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The Waldorf School of Atlanta
827 Kirk Road, Decatur, GA  30030
(404) 377-1315
Last modified The Waldorf School of Atlanta is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Waldorf School of Atlanta Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top