I'm beginning my 8th year as a parent at the Waldorf School of Louisville and I am still filled with gratitude for the education my children are receiving. The curriculum and Waldorf experience helps support my child's growth as a whole human being, not just one facet of who they are. It allows my children to experience art, beauty, nature, music, science, history, languages and math as living subjects, not just dry topics they have to memorize long enough to pass a test. My children can speak eloquently and with understanding about geometry, then turn around and sing a Norse folk song in three part harmonies with classmates. This education teaches children how to learn, gives them the gift of confidence and allows them to develop as a whole person. I feel confident they will be fully equipped to go out and not just meet the challenges of the world, but bring light and beauty and creative thinking to whatever they encounter.
The Waldorf School of Louisville is unlike any other educational institution I have ever encountered. I have two children enrolled in the early childhood program. They are lovingly cared for by teachers who are kind, highly educated, and deeply committed to the development of my children as individuals. While at the Waldorf School of Louisville, I have watched my children's capacity for creativity, self-awareness and compassion grow. As a parent, I understand and appreciate the need for volunteerism and am grateful for the opportunity to bond with the school community through festivals, fundraisers and community celebrations. We are fortunate to have a Waldorf School in our city, as I can't imagine sending my children anywhere else. There is simply no comparison.
I have five children- each with different strengths, weaknesses and needs and all of my children have been served well and received a solid education at the Waldorf School of Louisville. I am confident that the foundation that they are given in academics, arts and social interactions will serve them well as they move to high school and beyond. They are becoming passionate, active learners, engaged by the world around them. Subjects are introduced as they are developmentally ready for them so they catch on quickly and the learning goes deeply and does not just become a list of unrelated facts to be memorized. I feel lucky that Louisville is home to a Waldorf school and that it now goes through Grade 8.
The emphasis in Waldorf school is on life long learning and provides a sustainable approach to academic success, while preserving many stages of childhood that are so often disregarded. Recent studies on the developing brain have recognized the importance of play, free movement, imagination and creative problem solving. Many parents are questioning the wisdom of over-scheduling, pressures of testing, hours of homework, social and academic burn out, things that waldorf has been trying to avoid for decades. The goal in Waldorf education is to create freedom. This translates into happy adults who are fulfilling their life's purpose in the world.
Waldorf's learning/teaching styles are well suited for most children. However, as a warning for any child that may have a learning disability this could be missed or looked over in its severity. Waldorf makes great use of multi sensory learning, but No standardized testing. They also do not build a strong foundation for children that have difficulty reading. While its a great atmosphere, it's not well suited for all children.
You will not find a healthier childhood experience for your child's developing mind, body, and spirit than Waldorf. In the culture we live it is easy to look at academics and miss the importance of your child's well being. Principal leadership does not necessarily apply to the school's structure. Notice the teacher quality and parent invovement.
Very good kindergarden experience, excellent grades experience! My child in the grades is mastering the basics with a much deeper level of understanding than afforded by traditional education. Most importantly the children are happy and stress free! Wish the education continued to middle school ... maybe it will in the future.
I love the Waldorf School of Louisville because it honors childhood by providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Movement and the arts are integrated throughout all the lessons. Children spend 25% of each day outside playing, learning and exploring. It is a peaceful and beautiful school environment -- a place my child loves to go each day.
There is so much truth in the Waldorf approach to understanding and being with children. It seems it would be impossible to not undergo some degree of consciousness raising as a result of your child's attendance. The ideas and principals of Waldorf education are wonderful. But for some reason this school continues to flail about with blame pointed in all directions, faculty, admistration and even the parents. Yet, there is so much good there it would be hard to attend any other school in Louisville.