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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Waldorf School of Atlanta is a hidden gem. Located in the City of Decatur, the school is as much a community dedicated to supporting every child in all aspects of their education. My kids are still in the early years, but I am constantly amazed by my conversations with children in the older grades. These kids are confident and engaging, and brilliant. It is a testament to the teachers, the diverse, engaging and well-rounded curriculum, and the dedication of the parents, that Waldorf produces students who are focused and eager to go to school. I should also commend the administration that appears responsive and ever willing to improve the school. Thank you, Waldorf, from the bottom of my heart.
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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