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PK-12|Private
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This school effectively supports students with learning differences:
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Handles bullying effectively: Disagree


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This has been addressed in previous posts.

Supports LD students: Disagree


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If your child has any developmental challenges you will need to have them diagnosed and supported outside the Waldorf school (speech/occupational therapy are two that come to mind). The Waldorf teachers may tell you not to worry about little Sally’s speech difficulties, or bobby’s outbursts and physicality in class, but I assure you, you need to seek help from professionals who have a great deal more training and understanding of your child’s needs. The sooner you seek support specific to their needs, the better the outcome. In the grades, they have members of the community working in positions of educational support. Request references, training, background etc. for the educational support person they are employing on campus. Very often, the personal does not have any or minimal training in the field. We recommend you seek all support off campus - add this cost to your tuition, gas, volunteer time/lost wages when considering the school.




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As a former Waldorf family, I am writing this review in the hope that your family might spend more time looking at the school critically before making a choice to attend. There is so much more we could share from our experience, some good, some bad, but in the end you need to do your own research, thoroughly. Talk to friends and neighbors, ask around about the school. Call your local school and ask about any Waldorf “graduates” they have taken in. Were they well educated? Did they need a lot of academic or behavioral interventions because the Waldorf school was not able to provide it? Maine Coast Waldorf School is a beautiful campus, but no panacea for your educational needs.

Teacher effectiveness: Disagree


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Like many who come to Waldorf, our children were young and we fell in love with the EC classroom and teachers. I think what they offer for many young children is beautiful and enriching, however, if your child has any developmental challenges you will need to have them diagnosed and supported outside the Waldorf school (speech/occupational therapy are two that come to mind). The Waldorf teachers may tell you not to worry about little Sally’s speech difficulties, or bobby’s outbursts and physicality in class, but I assure you, you need to seek help from professionals who have a great deal more training and understanding of your child’s needs. The sooner you seek support specific to their needs, the better the outcome. There are 2 great weaknesses to the Waldorf school movement - the structure of the school, and the training the teachers receive. Locally, most teachers attend the Antioch School of New England and receive a 28-credit, Waldorf Teachers Certificate. They are also required to complete study in Anthroposophy, a philosophy created by Rudolf Steiner, and the basis for all Waldorf school education. Go to Antioch’s website and check out the course listing for this Certificate. Have your friends who are teachers check it out, and discuss with them their own training versus what you see for a Waldorf teacher. This limited, dogmatic training results in major challenges in the classroom. Teachers at Maine Coast struggle for command of their classrooms. Further, the children aren’t well supervised on the playground, resulting in a level of bullying that would never be tolerated in most schools. There is no testing until grade 6 or 7 - teachers are expected to “know" if the children are learning and how well. The curriculum was set by Rudolf Steiner and does not reflect 100 years of social change and growth. It is experiential learning without acceptable academic measures.

Effective school leaders: Disagree


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There is no principal. The school is mostly run by the teachers, with help from many, many parent volunteers. If you have an issue or concern with your class teacher, all the teachers meet together to discuss it. You can discuss it with the Administrator, but that position has no authority. The authority at the school is held by the teachers, as a group. When you meet with your teacher to discuss a concern or serious problem, no one takes notes. In our experience, there is no documentation, no written plan of action, or official follow-up. Although public school may seem impersonal with its meetings and paperwork, be thankful for it. They have established a process, which everyone must follow, to ensure problems are addressed and everyone is treated fairly. At the beginning, we thought it was great to meet with our class teacher and discuss our child like a family member or neighbor might, but in the end, a school without formal structure and rules allows chaos to breed and anguish to flourish.


Develops character: Disagree


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In our experience, children's behavior is a reflection of their home life, regardless of how much money you spend on their education. However, there is one concept Maine Coast Waldorf promotes - allowing two children who are not getting along to "rub up against" each other. They believe it creates character and compassion - the bully learning from their victim, and vice versa. To this end, the Waldorf teacher will place their desks next to each other in the classroom, or make them partners in a project or cleaning chore, without the parent's knowledge. This is counter-intuitive, and many parents are persuaded to "go along" with the concept, resulting in months or years of stress for the family of the submissive child.

Handles bullying effectively: Strongly disagree


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See my previous response related to this issue.

Supports LD students: Strongly disagree


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There is virtually no capacity to accommodate students with learning differences.


Develops character: Strongly disagree


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They talk a lot about this but do not actually do it. There are serious problems with behavior and discipline at the school. The teachers and staff either do not want to or do not know how to address these issues.

Teacher effectiveness: Strongly disagree


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A few teachers are excellent. But most are mediocre or poor. Unfortunately, teachers move through the grades with the students, so if your child gets a bad teacher you are stuck with them for grades 1-8.

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Last modified Maine Coast Waldorf School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
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