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Four Winds Waldorf School

Private | PK-8 | 90 students

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 19, 2014

I highly recommend this school to anyone with pre-K through grade 8 children. It is an outpost of educational sanity in the midst of a public education system that is too often focused on ensuring that the classroom and school experience result in good test scores rather than actual mastery of the subject matter and the ability to think and learn independently. I have two children who attend and they are thriving. We wanted our kids in a Waldorf school because of the arts- based, developmentally appropriate approach to education. Four Winds has a nurturing, positive environment that honors childhood and respects each individual child. The faculty and staff do a wonderful job and the overall community is diverse, caring and fun. I also really love that music, art, being physically active and out in nature are part of every school day instead of being an afterthought or constantly at risk of being cut because these things are too often not seen as important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2014

Our son started in the mixed age kindergarten class this December. From the moment we walked through the doors for the initial visit, we have never second guessed our decision to transfer our son in the middle of a school year. We feel as if we have joined a family, who have just as much interest as we do in seeing our son develop into an inquisitive, intelligent caring young man over the next 10 years. We love that the faculty takes the time to know the family not just the child and that many events include the entire family. We have no doubt that while at that Four Winds pour son will learn the skills to become a free- thinker and problem solver, able to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. But the most important thing is that in just a few months his self confidence, vocabulary and awareness of the needs of those around him have blossomed. And after only attending for two weeks, he announced to everyone " bye mommy, my friends need me". What else is there to say?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

Our family is new to Four Winds Waldorf this year with my 5 year old daughter attending the mixed age preschool/kindergarten class. My husband and I didn't feel comfortable with the public school system and curriculum so we started looking into alternative schooling methods. We toured several schools and loved Four Winds. All the staff here are great. The teachers really care about what they are doing for the kids. The grounds are beautiful. Our only academic experience is with the kindergarten class and it has been great. My daughter loves her class and her school. I also really like all the ways that parents can get involved with school. I think it's really important to be a part of the school community and it is really encouraged and welcomed here. What I think sets Four Winds apart from the other schools we toured is the general culture. Everyone is just really great and welcoming, from the kids to the staff to the parents. I want my kids to learn in a safe and caring environment and Four Winds definitely has that. They spend half their waking hours in school, I want those hours to be meaningful. I'm so glad we decided to come here and I look forward to many more years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2013

Faculty to child ratio is fantastic. The teachers know each child and treat all with respect. Facility and grounds are spacious.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

A++ rating. Has served both of my children well. If you are sincerely interested in a raising a child who can think for themselves, observe the world around them, and process information in such a way as to be useful to themselves and others, RUN, don't walk to make an appointment to check out Four Winds. You won't be sorry.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

Four Winds Waldorf school has saved my sons' life in terms of loving to learn and has always wanted to go to school. This is what it is worthwhile. On the way to home, both of my sons said,"Mom, I would give up any of my activities, but I will not give up my school, because I love going to school so much. It is so fun to learn and play at school." As a parent, hearing this statement, I teared with joy and happiness! I know I have found the right place for my sons and I know they are in good hands. The teachers at Four Winds Waldorf school are amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

This School is amazing and my kids love it! So much nature and here they really learn what they Need in life!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

Have 2 kids that attend this school, and love it. Teachers are very committed and recognize the value in each child. The incorporation of movement , hand work, art, dance, language and music in their learning experience helps the student not just know the facts, but to explore, learn and integrate concepts in a new way. Very impressed with the waldorf philosophy and approach. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2012

I'm thankful every day that a place like this exists for my children. I couldn't imagine a better environment for them to grow and learn. I have 3 children and have been a part of the school for 3 years. Independence, a love of learning, self-confidence and self-efficacy are the things I see are being fostered in my children. The curriculum is engaging and impressive and their approach to everything from snack choices to social interaction among peers is refreshing. Four Winds brings to our everyday experience that which I wish I could see more of in the world. And happily, these everyday experiences are allowing my children to unfold in the most beautiful of ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

My two children graduated from Four Winds, having gone all the way through from preschool through 8th grade (one is now in college, and one in HS.) Although both were very different in personality and had different strengths, the teachers gave each what they needed at the right time. I feel so fortunate to have found this school for them. Not only were they well-prepared for high school academically, they are interested in the world and in how to make a difference in it. Four Winds helped them develop their humanity. In fact, their 8th grade years were so full of excellent things (class play, capstone project, extensive class trip, and academic blocks in so many areas,) that I still count those years as my children's best in education. They will be lifelong learners, no doubt, due to commitment of the faculty, staff and parent volunteers at Four Winds. The school community wishes for parents to be involved, and that aspect appealed to me as well. It is not always easy for a small private school to excel in economically challenging times, but this school has done so. It is a gem, and worth every penny we invested on behalf of our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

The last poster is clearly a disgruntled parent...and what school doesn't have at least a few? We've been at the school for the last seven years, and I have to say, our whole family LOVES it there. The kids are happy, they're learning, and the school is very transparent in all of its dealings with the community. The positive energy this year has been really nice. As for children being able to transfer out, I know several families who have had children leave for one reason or another during the elementary years, or after eighth grade, with no problems at all. The curriculum isn't exactly the same as other schools, but it is in line with standard Waldorf curriculum, and the kids who leave are certainly capable and functional in other educational settings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2011

After participating actively in this school for many years I am deeply concerned about recent changes in quality, management and mission. Its claim to put children first is not in active practice. Massive departures of families over the last several years raise significant red flags. Children having come as far as the end of elementary school are not able to transfer well to other school situations due to curriculum differences and parents maybe shocked to find their children several grade levels behind. Not the best value in this economy. Seems to have lost its way in terms of mission, focus and quality. 501c3 status is deceiving and not at all warranted. This school is more focused on bottom line than quality education. Care for the children is easily dismissed when it suits their other agendas. Buyer beware.


Posted September 2, 2011

I've been a parent at the school for 7 years. What I love about this school is that it takes very seriously the mission of making better people through education. The children learn in a warm, rich, interesting environment free from the pressures of more mainstream schools. This results in children who enjoy learning for the sake of exploring themselves and their world. It is a joy to watch these self-confident, self-assured children interact with each other, adults, and the world. This school creates great people, and I'm happy to be a part of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

I love Four Winds Waldorf because the child is treated as a whole person. The play, they sing, they run in nature (trees and all), they learn, they grow, they paint, they learn two languages, they become a whole person, and when you have a whole person-then change can happen in the world. Never once has my child said he doesn't want to go to school, and he is in 2nd grade. He loves it and isn't that how a child should feel?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Four Winds Waldorf School is a highly innovative, acedemincally sound and creatively alive alternative school providing the best wholistic education for children of the 21st century. A dedicated staff, board, and parent body makes Four Winds more than just a great school. It is a vibrant community of forward thinking indivduals rallied around a common cause; to develop in children, not only a love of learniing, but also a deep and abiding respect for humanity.


Posted September 17, 2009

This well-rounded approach to education really does teach children how to think. They develop capacities in so many areas, they feel they can do just about anything when they graduate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Four Winds teaches you how to think and be creative in the real world!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Our students do things in school that they can love forever
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Posted September 16, 2009

four winds teaches you things you would never learn at any other school, and the students take that and use it to their advantage in their futures.


Posted March 31, 2009

Four Winds early childhood teachers are insightful and respectful of each child's gifts. The Waldorf approach, based on a developmental model, provides a nurturing a well-rounded experience focused on imagination and creative thinking. Outdoor play is a priority, as are the organic meals provided to the children. This is a place where the innocence of childhood is revered and protected. I believe every child would benefit from attending a Waldorf early childhood program. www.FourWindsWaldorf.org.
—Submitted by a parent


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School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
School Leader's name
  • Jocelyne Roy
Gender
  • Coed
Fax number
  • (630) 836-1732

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  • Spanish
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