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PK-12
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Honolulu, HI
Students enrolled: 300
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350 Ulua Street
Honolulu, HI 96821

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(808) 377-5471
(808) 373-2440
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June 19, 2014
This school is amazing!!!! My child has been at the Honolulu Waldorf school for 11 years. She is thriving acedemicly and socially. This school has no bullying. The teachers love the children and treat them as their own. The curriculum is challenging. I love this school and the community that comes with it. This school has been one of the best decisions I have made in my child's life. The friendship with her peers and teachers are one she will treasure for her life time. It is because of this school that my child has an incredible love for learning and a curiosity for knowledge. Thank you Honolulu Waldorf. I am a fan for life.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
Would not recomend this school. Elementary teachers are not properly trained to handle communication with parents. School lacks in organization, have problems with bullying and it seem to have a lot of gossip. Unless you are willing to follow all their rules, which seems to be getting made up as they go alone, - perhaps you are better off with any other school on the island.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
f you think this Waldorf School is like other successful Waldorf Schools, PLEASE THINK AGAIN. The grades are a GAMBLE depending on the TEACHER your child will have for 8 YEARS. There is little to no accountability for poor quality and inconsistent standards of education and behavior. The admin and faculty dogma is closely held in secrecy which is part and parcel to the Rudolph Steiner s teachings and if questioned you will receive patent answers with little thought to your child s specific needs. If you find a faculty member that is willing to listen without prejudice to your concerns, good luck. Even the faculty who are known amongst their colleagues for poor performance have job safety. Many families have left this school after investing many years in it because their concerns have been systematically swept under the rug. Mum's the word here. I for one fell under the spell of this school. I found that my child and the majority of classmates that stayed were left with such deficits in academics that intense interventions were needed for most. Our class started with 14 or more and ended with 4. Be aware of retention rates at this school. They differ among the faculty greatly.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
I think this School is very special. Teachers care about each student and they watch over them very closely. My son has been in this school since first grade and he is now Freshman at High School. He has become well rounded teen ager and I can proudly say same about all his class mates. You do not have to worry about bullies in this school, because they are taught to be true to yourself and to think outside of the box. That is why each students can accept different type of personalities and be able to enjoy one another as a group. I also love the fact the Waldorf School teaches importance of sustainability. I truly believe Waldorf education is the education for the future.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
This school has created the environment for my daughter to flourish in several aspects of her life. She has become very confident, secure and has opened to become a quite sociable being. Over the four years she has being there, she has developed her artistic skills highly. She is very comfortable with japanese, Spanish and Hawaiian languages. She's fascinated with math, which in most cases and schools, is the least favourite subject. I'm grateful to be able to give my daughter a waldorf education.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
My three children attended Honolulu Waldorf and my grandchildren now do. The teachers are incredibly dedicated to their students, the curriculum is richly varied, broad and deep with the approach varying with the age and individual learning style. Children learn respect and responsibility, and care deeply for each other and the natural world. A visitor hears music, laughter, foreign languages, and poetry every day and sees happy, healthy children learning lifelong skills and finding their own paths for the future. It is truly a healing education for our difficult times.

- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2014
The school is small, so all the teachers know all the students by name. Most all the kids know each other too. My child says his school "is the BEST SCHOOL EVER", and he wants to go there every day. I love that my child is in a safe, loving, nurturing school. I love the philosophy of Waldorf and the caring community. Maybe the school could improve some of the buildings, which I think is already being talked about & is in the future plans.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
The Honolulu Waldorf Early (elementary+middle) School takes a holistic approach to education, addressing the childrens' physical, emotional, spiritual, social, as well as intellectual development, all consistent with the latest research on childhood education. The teachers are fabulous: they are highly qualified professionals who are dedicated to their work and the kids. The environment fosters education at the child's pace in a peaceful and stimulating venue.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
Our school campuses are safe nurturing environments for toddlers to middle schoolers, and for high schoolers. Both campuses are peaceful locations staffed with caring and committed staff. Under the new leadership of an administrator who is passionate about both the Waldorf philosophy and the growth of this recently struggling school community. Our administrator is focused and actively building a successful environment for staff & students. She also maintains an open door policy for the parent body, which I have personally utilized. Aloha & Mahalo for allowing me to rate our school.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Two of my children are visiting the Honolulu Waldorf School. My son Graduated in 2011, my daughter is 8th Grade. they always loved their school, I never had to push them to do their homework, etc. they are happy kids who manage their lives pretty well.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Two of my children go to Honolulu Waldorf School. One in lower grade and one in middle school. I believe this is our 5th year or so attending HWS. I totally agree with many other comments about lack of leader ship but this has changed quite a bit this school year. Now, we have a very strong leader who knows what she is doing and it seems like everything is improving gradually but surely. I am much more hopeful about the school. I truly love the philosophy of Waldorf and this loving and strong community. My kids attended 6 different schools in their lives so far including local and schools in some other countries, but this school provides the best nurturing environment. I hope it keeps improving better education for our kids which they need.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Aloha! My daughter is completing her 11th year at Honolulu Waldorf and I am eternally grateful.that she has been able to experience an education that meets her academically, emotionally and physically. As a dyslexic, she has been encouraged and she has thrived. The warm bond she has experienced with students and teachers is a source of strength for her to carry.with her into.the world. I too am pleased with the new administrator, who has made herself available to parents, and seems joyful and enthusiastic in her job.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Our enthusiasm for the school grows daily as we watch our daughter thrive. The sophistication and depth of subjects learned are impressive. The teachers are outstanding and the students highly engaged.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Honolulu Waldorf School is a great place for children to grow, explore and learn. Although highly academic, things are taught in such a way that the children retain a love for learning. Our son attended from preschool and a short stint for a year at another school, reconfirmed our decision that Waldorf is right for him (and us!) Words cannot describe the wealth of experiences that are offered to students who have a Waldorf education. It really is all about teaching and supporting the whole child. Yes, the facilities need work, and yes, the school lacked leadership the past few years, but those items are being addressed and are small things compared to all the good being done. I would highly recommend this school to anyone interested in offering their children rich experiences that feed their souls!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
My school teaches our children to creative thinkers, have compassion and moral strength with the courage and freedom to act. Our students will look you in the eye when they shake your hand, can sing, dance, draw, create art and incorporate of these skills in daily lessons.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
Waldorf education is geared to the needs and strengths of individual students. There are no harder working teachers anywhere. Education can no longer be about facts and teaching to a test. It must be about learning to think critically. If you want your child to get an education that works for the 21st century, have them go to the Honolulu Waldorf School.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
My granddaughter and grandson go to the Honolulu Waldorf School and my step son and step daughters went to the school. My wife teachers at the school and so do I--for over 30 years. HWS is a remarkable school environment for children and for young people because of its focus on creative learning and finding one s individuality. Its educational methods are well in advance of other schools that mistakenly seek progress in screen time and high stakes testing. The Waldorf School is truly an education for life and not just for college and the job market. The teachers have a say in all that goes on in the running of the school and take an interest in each child. No one slips through the cracks. The parent community is extremely warm and supportive of the work the teachers do. The two campuses, lower school in the valley and upper school by the ocean, are beautiful settings for growing up and learning in Hawai i. It is a pleasant place to be. Children love to come to school, parents, and teachers do too. Both campuses are in the long overdue process of upgrading facilities. Class sizes are small, quality is high, and it is one of the best-kept secrets of East O ahu and Honolulu schools!

- submitted by a teacher
September 23, 2013
My children have been at the Waldorf School since they were pre-school age and now that they are moving into the grades we could not be happier with how they have developed not only academically but socially and emotionally as well. We have found that the class room experience has been excellent! We are constantly impressed with how much our children are learning and how fast. Waldorf education is a gift and the faculty at Honolulu Waldorf are highly trained, educated and dedicated to Steiner Education. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
This sweet little school has brought years of wonderful education and joy to our children. They absolutely love their teachers and the Waldorf curriculum does what it sets out to do...to instill in the children a love for learning. There is a new administrative director this year at the school and we are thrilled with her leadership skills, professionalism, and friendly demeanor. I can't think of any other school on the Island that I would rather send my children to.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
Be very careful about the teachers at this school. After 8 years at the school my child got a terrible teacher that was not held accountable for his abusive behavior and incompetence. In theory this school is great but beware if you get a bad teacher and there are several.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
we are very happy with the school. I've read over all the reviews on this site. Of course no school is perfect. I have looked long and had at many private schools on this island. They all have pros and cons. Go with your gut feeling when picking a school. My kids are so happy at Waldorf and we appreciate the small community and wonderful teachers. The new Administrative Director sounds fabulous, we look forward to a strong leader for the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
I have two children in the Honolulu Waldorf School, one in middle school and one in elementary school. Both children have been at the school since kindergarten and they are thriving, happy, creative, and love their teachers and school. The community is fantastic and we find the teachers and the parents to be dedicated, hard working, and conscientious. We feel very lucky to be in a school that educates the child with their whole well-being in mind; very different from institutionalized schooling. We just found out a new director is joining the school, and so some of the negative comments posted here about the leadership of the school will be a thing of the past! Submitted by a parent

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
I am a student that attended the Waldorf high school as well as going to the lower school for nine years. I think this is truly one of the most amazing schooling systems imaginable. As a student it really encouraged me to have a passion for learning, as well as giving me a wonderful background in art. I am a student with a very high GPA and also very strong in both music and art of varying mediums. In my opinion I owe my success in school to the amazing teachers and alternate education system that is the Honolulu Waldorf School. Truly a magnificent place to grow and learn.

- submitted by a community member
January 01, 2013
I love this school. I have a 9 and 16 year old and both started in the Kindergarten. I am a creative intellectual person and found my own education painfully boring. The Waldorf system excites the kids and makes them want to learn. As a successful business owner I recognize the need for talented people who can think outside the box and problem solve. The Waldorf system nurtures this ability in their students. With computers at our fingertips we need to educate kids to think creatively not to regurgitate information. My kids are thinkers and I need to give some of that credit to the Honolulu Waldorf School. It is a loving and supportive environment and I am thankful I have the means to give them this opportunity.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2012
This school has wonderful ideas and gives children the childhood they need and deserve to have, nurturing the imagination and giving them a strong foundation to learn without burning out. Unfortunately it is lacking leadership, organization and I believe parent participation. Tuition is comparable to other private schools on the island yet the facilities are old, neglected and dirty. If Waldorf could find leadership and balance their budget, update their school and playground, families on the island might consider Waldorf. This school should have a wait list just like other schools but because of lack of leadership and neglected facilities it is labeled a "hippy" school. I appreciated the wholesome approach this school offered but did not have the confidence in their leadership (or lack of) to keep my most precious child at this school. Other schools are beginning to embrace this type of learning yet doing it with leadership and organization. Honolulu Waldorf needs to get their act together.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2012
This school has steadily gone downhill with no leadership, poorly trained teachers, a lack of communication, inconsistent discipline, and is constantly changing policy from year to year. Not surprisingly, facilities are in need of repair and the school overall is poorly funded. Very limited enrichment programs and opportunities, particularly for children with challenges and those that are gifted. Anyone brave enough to ask questions are labeled and ostracized. Not a happy place these days.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2012
Would not recomend this school. Elementary teachers are not properly trained to handle communication with parents. School lacks in organization and it seem to have a lot of gossip. Unless you are willing to follow all their rules, which seems to be getting made up as they go alone, - perhaps you are better off with any other school on the island.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2011
This is a good school in many ways. It lacks the heart, knowledge and true spirit of Waldorf but is still better in many ways than what else is out there. In Europe, Waldorf works elegantly and effectively for 'difficult' or disruptive children, in fact, so much so that the government pays for some of the most problematic children to attend Waldorf. This is a great life experience for the whole community. It seems that this is not the case here, 'difficult' children are not well-held in a way that they can heal and often become the scapegoats for teachers inability and/or insecurity. We removed our children after several years. We could not recommend this as a wholesome or effective learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2010
We have two children at the HWS and they love it! If they are sick and we keep them at home, they cry. They don't like school breaks because they miss school. Most importantly to me however, is they are curious about the world around them. I think the world they are growing up into will be very different from the one I grew up in and I believe Waldorf education will give them the tools they will need to be happy.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2009
The Waldorf curriculum was designed to end at 8th grade. Honolulu Waldorf School does very well in the lower grades, and starts to unravel at around the sixth grade. My kids went to this school from pre-k to eight and sixth grades. Parents should ask hard questions of a variety of individuals, not just the teachers that form the governing body. Particularly, ask about how many kids go to college and how discipline is handled. If you question HWS deviation from established Walodorf pedagogy, you and your children will quickly be pushed from the fold.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Children are educated in a wonderful, loving environment. They are supported to reach their potential as each individual person.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2009
My son has attended Waldorf from preschool through the third grade. He is so happy. Everyday he is excited about going to school. He is well rounded, curious about the world and has great integrity. All of these attributes is what a Waldorf education draws out in a child. He take Spanish, Japanese,plays the cello and loves math and science. I know of many children who have transferred from other schools where heavy dry academics was stressed at very young age. These children were miserable at there former schools and now at Waldorf are happy and flourishing. Waldorf instills a love of learning instead of burning children out by giving them unhealthy amounts of homework and academic stress at too young an age. I highly recommend Honolulu Waldorf School.

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August 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
Honolulu Waldorf School's curriculm is rich and varied - there is no need for 'extracurricular' activities, because it's all included in the day: art, music, physical movement, creativity and critical thinking, along with the 'basic' academics are integrated into a cohesive, engaging educational experience. My daughter has been here for 5 years and finds joy in learning. She loves school. She is treated like a unique individual - her teacher knows her and how she needs to learn. She is valued for who she is. It is a small school with very involved parents who care a great deal for the children, teachers and community.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
Honolulu Waldorf is one of the only schools in Honolulu that focuses on developing the 'person' in the students versus focusing almost exclusively on testing and 'academic standards'. The care, discipline and guidance the teachers and the whole community of individuals involved in the Waldorf way of education makes it the best school in Honolulu.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2005
I love this school, my husband loves this school, and my children particulary love this school. My children are enthusiastic about learning, compassionate towards others in their community, and creative in their thinking.

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April 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2005
My child attends Honolulu Waldorf. We love it and would highly recommend Waldorf education.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2005
As we see our child graduate from college in a few months, having attended the Honolulu Waldorf School for 12 years, we see how this kind of education works. Slowly but decisively the curriculum fostered a joy for learning many different things. What it did not do was plaster on a barage of dry intellectual facts which would have made for better test scores while destroying this joy!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2004
Just as in other Waldorf Schools, the problem here is that no one wants to discipline problem children.

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Honolulu Waldorf School
350 Ulua Street, Honolulu, HI  96821
(808) 377-5471
Last modified Honolulu Waldorf School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Honolulu Waldorf School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top