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PK-12
Private
Bethesda, MD
Students enrolled: 275
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After care: Yes

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4800 Sangamore Road
Bethesda, MD 20816

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(301) 229-6107
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December 11, 2014
This will never be told to you at school visits or by the admissions. This school is run by teachers who make a religion out of anthroposophy. If they see your child has allergies, any behavior issues, or is wetting the bed the teachers push therapeutic EURYTHMY. When I asked my father who is a physician, he said it is complete bogus practice. But for those of you who are wise, you can research more about Steiner believes on the internet. I was charmed by the beautiful surroundings of the children's garden, the organic food, time outdoors. But there is a totally different hidden world that the school hides from the parents.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2014
Horrid, BS school. Teachers are less than quantified and the BS meter is beyond measure. A good friend of mine teaches there, and that to me is the only yardstick I need. Save yourself some $ and attend the public system.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2014
WWS is a pre-K -12 grade school that teaches kids how to think, not what; instills a love of life-time learning, not if. For young children, 2-9 years old, kids are allowed a sense of wonder and childhood delight in learning. For middle-school through HS years, they are charged with inside-out, whole-to -part learning, instilled with self-confidence that they can solve new problems, and can communicate clearly. Unlike other schools that I know in the area, for all students, academics are supported, investigated through the arts as well: drawing, painting, handcrafts, movement, and music. Its an amazing education. And, my two children love to come to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
WWS has a great approach to learning, I greatly credit it to my success in middle and high school. The main drawback of it is there is a lot of bullying, I got bullied a lot in my five years at WWS, unless you get a good teacher and a class without bullies this school can be a great experience.

- submitted by a community member
January 14, 2014
I like to play. I do not like to be alone. Teachers are cool. I prefer to play than being alone. I have a lot of friends in Washington Waldorf School. I do not really like the food but I like the bunny that there is in Washington Waldorf School. From a student (5 years old)

- submitted by a community member
March 17, 2012
Washington Waldorf has been wonderful for my daughter who began in parent child class at age 3 and is now in the fourth grade. I've been very pleased with their artistic manner of educating the children. Not only is my daughter getting a solid foundation in the basics, she is learning to paint skillfully, knit, crochet and do needlework, sing and play the cello, among many other things. My experience has been that the teachers are responsive and caring, and really support all the children socially, emotionally, and intellectually. I've noticed that not just my daughter's class teachers, but all the teachers know and care about her, and this provides me with a sense of confidence when I drop her off each day. One of the biggest testaments to the education she's receiving is her love of learning. She loves to play outdoors and do many typical kid things, but she's just as likely to make a beautiful picture of something she's learning about, or research a topic beyond what she did in school, just for fun. I think Waldorf eduation makes learning what it should be, an exciting, fulfilling experience. WWS is truly a great school!

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2012
We as parents have learned a lot about education since our child began at Washington Waldorf School more than 5 years ago. There are so many wonderful Waldorf principles that I wish all schools included, so that all children could benefit. We have learned the beauty of keeping children "children" for as long as possible. Art, music, nature, and hands-on experience are part of the class every day. And we are very pleased with the fresh and organic lunch program!

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2011
WWS is a fabulous school. We've had our children there for 5 years now. The teachers have exceeded our hopes and expectations. The waldorf approach to education suppports individual learning styles and is taylored to each developmental stage as they grow. I've been impressed with the positive yet principled and creative approach to discipline as needed, as well as how the waldorf approach really nurtures the childrens self esteem. Our children are receiving an excellent academic experience. I have no complaints.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2011
We've been at the school 3 years now. I particularly like the attitude--and results--that all the students are capable of everything. The halls are filled with the childrens' work and while some are standouts, all the work is high quality. They ALL paint, ALL draw, ALL play instruments, ALL have a space on the sports teams. It truly is a well rounded education. It is a very different feeling from taking an art (music, etc.) elective because you are "good" at it. And now, there's an organic hot lunch program at the school! Of course we parents worry about "what next" so it's great to have the high school grads return from their colleges (including some very competitive ones) and share stories of how well they are doing.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2011
We took our kids to a neighborhood preschool, which we loved, but it became immediately obvious to us that our kids were going to "grow up" much too quickly in a public school environment. WWS allows young children to be just that -- young children. It's a safe, warm, nurturing environment without the distractions of pop culture and "who has what gadget" that permeates even the youngest of classes these days. Every time my children come to us with a story, a song, or an idea they picked up at school, we know we made the right decision.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
We are so happy we have found the Washington Waldorf School! It is a wonderfully stimulating, supportive, nurturing, and exciting environment, where the children are taught through all their senses and get to exercise all of their faculties (hands and heart, as well as mind) in the learning process. The community has been very warm and welcoming. We were assigned a "buddy family" even before our children entered the school, and this buddy helped us navigate everything from the confusing parking lot to whom to ask for what information. Our children's teachers are outstanding - both highly trained and very attuned to the needs (including unique needs) of our children. We feel we have found our educational home for our children and have no plans to look anywhere else throughout their grade school years.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2011
THE best thing we ever did for our children and our family was to send our children to the Washington Waldorf School. I can't imagine sending our children anywhere else. The faculty truly cares and loves each child and is extremely dedicated to teaching. The philosophy of the education is rich and developmentally appropriate. If you really care about your child's childhood and full development potential - go to an Observation Morning at WWS to learn more! If I could give new parents only one piece of advice that advice hands down would be: send your children to a Waldorf School. You'll be amazed at how they blossom. The Children's Garden/ pre-school classrooms are beautiful and sunny, and the children spend a lot of time outside in the lovely garden every single day, rain or shine. My older child loves to read and tell her own stories, thanks to all the wonderful emphasis on rich storytelling at this school. They don't shove education down children's throats and make them hate school - they present everything in a beautiful and engaging way so they enjoy learning. Children at WWS are very creative, productive and enjoy school - it's a true gift. I wish I had space to say more.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
Both our daughters attend WWS. We could not be happier with our experience. It is an amazing school. The early childhood education programs have been fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
We are in our fourth year at WWS and have only good things to say about the philosophy, curriculum, faculty and staff of the school. The head-heart-hands approach nurtures balanced development of the whole child. Both of our children have thrived in the play-based Children s Garden and now, with a child in the grades, we appreciate that traditional subjects are taught in a way that encourages a love of learning for the sake of discovery and wonder. We can t imagine sending our children anywhere else; the documentary Race to Nowhere affirms our choice. It is worth noting that our daughter has experienced bullying, and we are pleased with the way the situation was handled by our daughter s teacher and the school s administrative staff. Our experience is that the parent-teacher-staff partnership in support of our children s development and education has been and continues to be an extraordinary, wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2010
WWW lacks leadership and its academic standards are obsolete. Our experience was a negative one, despite the artistic curriculum. Each teacher does as they please, there is no accountability, and if you are unlucky and get one of the "not so good teachers", your child will get the short end of the stick. There is a "cultish" approach about their particular philosophy. The school lacks the resources and staff needed to meet all the children's learning needs. Overall, I do not reccomend it.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2010
WWS provides a wonderful, holistic, caring, nurturing, stimulating, and challenging environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2010
As a parent of two graduates who are now excelling in very selective colleges, I can attest to the sound foundation that the Waldorf School provided them. We were attracted to the School by the emphasis on 'schooling of the imagination' through the arts and the importance placed on learning through 'head, heart and hands'. Our children emerged as caring citizens of the world, deep thinkers, creative writers, and skilled artists and musicians. In our experience, we found the faculty to be truly caring of the students.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2009
My experience as a student at the Waldorf School was profoundly fulfilling, challenging and nurturing. I credit my 12 years at WWS with helping me develop into a free thinking individual with strong academic and personal skills. My experiences at WWS were some of the most positive and formative of my life.

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2009
My son has the most caring and artistic teacher! She is deeply committed and creative, making every lesson dynamic. He absolutely loves his class and teachers. I could not be more content with his schooling. The faculty seem very colleagial and the love shows throughout this community. I recommend the Washington Waldorf School with all my heart. They certainly have the careful balance of academic, artistic and heartfelt teaching down. I am so greateful to his class teacher and the other amazing teachers that dedicate themselves to the happy children that fill this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
Having been a parent of two children over a 17 year period, I have seen the long-term effects of the extraordinary curriculum and caring offered by the school. The children in the classes become very close to each other, very like a family, even if they are inherently quite different from one another in temperament, etc. Having one main lesson teacher throughout grades 1-8 allows the children to develop at their own rate since the teacher knows the individuals so well. The teachers bring extraordinary passion and energy to what they are doing. This kind of school attracts teachers who are interested in life-long learning and it shows. I recommend it highly.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
With great imagination and compassion, Waldorf has offered my son a first-rate high school education. Last year he studied calculus, Kafka, and blacksmithing, among other subjects. He acted in several plays, wrote original fiction, and sang in the choir. So far this year he has studied zoology in Maine and last week baked his own birthday cake to share with the class. Here's to educating the whole child!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
My child is in the WWS high school. She loves the school and I am so pleased with how WWS has helped her develop into a confident and creative young woman.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
My son has thrived in this environment. I have ben amazed to see him become a self-aware, self-disciplined, confident, competent, and independent student. The school prepares students to assume lifelong responsibility for their own learning and to become happy, responsible, and contributing adults. The school nurtures creativity, social responsibility, diversity, and care for the environment. In addition to outstandinc academics, it has wonderful foreign language, arts, drama, and music programs. Parents are treated as valued members of the educational team. I do not hesitate to recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I would rate the school at the highest ranking for principal leadership, teacher quality, extracurricular activities, parent involvement, and safety and discipline. Having sent 3 children there, I would highly recommend this school to all parents who are interested in a school that is centered around the developmental needs of children and that has carefully designed a curriculum rich in academics, art, music, language, extracurricular activities, and community service.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 10, 2009
My daughter has thrived at WWS from her beginnings in the Parent-Child program at age 2 into the grade school. In the kindergarden and pre-k she had ample time for creative play indoors and out. Her imagination was honored and blossomed under a rich curriculum of story-telling, song, verses, movement, art and purposeful work such as baking, washing dishes, sweeping. Now in the grade school she benefits daily from a skilled and loving class teacher who really knows her. She takes up the academic work with such enthusiasm in part because lessons are presented in creative ways that often include an artistic element and physical movement. WWS offers a balanced education that respects a child's stage of development while offering strong academics, art, music, drama, movement, sports and a wonderful sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
Both of my children are Waldorf Products 1 Went to Wellesley College and graduated with a degree in Astro PhySIcs, one is now at Bennington College, studying film, Drama, Music and Romance languages. THey have both benefited greatly from their years at the Washinton Waldorf School and I would not wish that they had gone anywhere else

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
Great school and, more importantly, outstanding and nurturing environment for your child to grow and develop. Real focus on building creative and critical thinkers, not rote memorization and teaching to the test. Curriculum is integrated and timed/coordinated across all disciplines.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
My daughter started in Waldorf - she is truly an Indigo child and has been at home from the moment she walked into Children's Garden. If you're interested in your child having an evolved school experience, the Washington Waldorf School is the place!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
My son graduated from the school recently and we had a very positive experience. He is well prepared for the academic and social challenges that await him in college. Any issues around potential bullying that came up in his 12 years as a student were addressed in a way that was measured and respectful all around. I know that personal growth and social health - including thoughtful actions, personal responsibility and respect for others - are a priority. There were an amazing variety of talents and interests among the students in his class.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
My child has been attended this school since first grade. She is now in high school. Overall, our experience has been wonderful. Of course there were ups and downs, as there would be with any school, public or private. But her development into a thoughtful, caring, creative, interesting, and intellectually curious young lady gives us an opportunity to reflect on the values of a Waldorf education. WWS has high standards and strives to meet them. I value that striving highly.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2009
WWS has such amazing potential that remains unrealized. Great music and art infusion in the curriculum. WWS lacks badly-needed org structure and is underenrolled; rare among DC private schools. Most families overlook the poor facilities if their child's experience is as wonderful as Waldorf should be. In grades 1 through 8, a child has the same teacher. So the quality of a child's experience depends upon teacher quality. There are a few amazing lower school teachers: Jack Petrash; Dawn Fox; a few others. Our teacher burned out after grade 3. We tried for several years to make it work, and finally left. It's VERY hard to get WWS to replace a teacher when the teacher does not want to go. Make sure you have a great 1-8 teacher. It's a huge committment for a teacher, and only the best can make it a great experience for everyone!

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2008
Our experience was very much like those of other families posted on this site who experienced bullying. Whether or not you stay at WWS will depend on whether or not you and your child can take it.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2008
I totally disagree with the perception conveyed by the comments on bullying at this school. The school does not condone this activity and any bullying event is more likely the lack of attention by a particular teacher. My child endured a bully but the teacher took positive and swift action to resolve the situation. Overall, considering the pros and cons of the WWS, I believe the pros far outweigh the cons.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2008
I strongly agree that bullying is a big weakness of this school. They can't handle it properly and the bully child keeps bullying knowing that there are no consequences to his or her behavior.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 07, 2008
I found this school after my son attended a Montessori for 2 years. Unlike what the first poster said, this school does not support bullying, nor does it teach a child to 'run away' from a bully. It teaches a child to stand up for himse.f/herself. My child is thriving heree.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
Despite all the beauty and love of this school, it cannot handle bullying even at the kindergarten level. It is a socially tough school and unless the school turns things around, I cannot recommend it. Either you learn to be a bully and run away from one. In today's world, a child needs more guidance and some rules to follow with consequences!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2007
We were really let down by this school. At first we were intoxicated by this colorful approach to education.The art and music were truly beautiful. However the school had no idea how to handle bullying. As much as they say that they educate the whole child they really dropped the ball with our child.There was no leadership, no boundaries set and we felt our child was unsafe.In addition to that his educational needs(dyslexia) were not being met.Needless to say we left. We thought this school held the promise for greatness in education...it does not.

- submitted by a parent
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The Washington Waldorf School, founded in 1969, is a vibrant, pre-K –12 co-educational, independent, school located in Bethesda, MD. We offer an integrative curriculum and innovative instructional method which provides a unique, developmentally appropriate education. Encouraging clear thinking, balanced feeling, and initiative, our academic, artistic, and practical program serves our diverse population from pre-kindergarten through high school.

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Washington Waldorf School
4800 Sangamore Road, Bethesda, MD  20816
(301) 229-6107
Last modified Washington Waldorf School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Washington Waldorf School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top