From the first time my daughter saw the school, met her teacher, and began interacting with her (future) classmates, we knew this was the right school for her. It shares our values and is a true community!
This school has helped our daughter become an incredibly gifted and capable young woman. She is able to comprehend ideas and thoughts way further than most 16 year olds. MN Waldorf gave her the skills she needed to become a whole citizen in these fast paced times. The lack of "technology" in the classroom really helps facilitate it in the later years. These children are great people when they leave the school and ready for anything the world brings them. The teaching staff is second to none.
My kids LOVE to go to school and they receive tons of compliments on being well rounded. The Minnesota Waldorf School has an amazing core curriculum of math, science, language arts, and humanities, as well as music, art, recess, foreign language, gym, recess. In addition to all this the material is presented at just the right time and in just the right way so that the process is fun and meaningful to the children. I wish I had gone to the Minnesota Waldorf school. The only thing I wish is that more people knew about it .
I have 2 children that attend(ed) MN Waldorf. My daughter is a Jr. at our neighborhood public school. She just told me that she misses Waldorf, after seeing her brother's 8th grade research presentation. Compared to public schools, I feel MN Waldorf has given my children the ability to think outside of the box, be excited about learning, and take in information through their whole being. Yes, Waldorf is a commitment for 8+ years; children are expected to act a certain way, to not engage in media, and to learn "old " handwork skills. We have found that it has created thoughtful, individual children who are ready to interact with the world around them.
My son comes home from school excited about learning every day, initiating and creating his own "homework" with inquisitive questions seeded through his experience at MWS. Outdoor and freeplay time are balanced with acedemics, particularly benefiting boys allowing for movement and healthy brain development. The children create their own games on the playground developing healthy social skills on the beautiful 8 acre campus. The arts are blended into all the acedemics, including math, my son's favorite subject. The children's best interests are held by a caring and dedicated staff. The parent body and community are mature, supportive, and raising their children in wholesome, healthy ways. My son LOVES school!
We have sent both our children here and find that they are very prepared emotionally and academically for high school. The approach to education is joyful and rich therefore the students stay curious and motivated to learn. The adjustment to high school was smooth despite transitioning to a format focused on grades.