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Shining Rivers Waldorf School5
Posted January 18, 2015
- a parent
Our son is in Kindergarten, and we could not be happier with his and our experience at WSSL (Waldorf School of St. Louis, formerly Shining Rivers). His teachers are caring and nurturing; they have built a strong bond with our son, and with us as parents as well. Our son is eager to go to school every day, and comes home with stories about his friends and their shared adventures. We love how much time the class spends outdoors, and that indoors they get to learn practical skills, such as making bread.
In terms of conflict resolution in the classroom, we've seen that the teachers are extremely adept at handling disagreements between students and essentially stop things before they start.
We're also very happy with the communication between school staff, teachers and parents. We receive emails from our teachers every week detailing what was going on in the classroom, and we also get regular emails and announcements from the school staff.
There is also a lot of great parent involvement at the school, and we have felt extremely welcome and included in every aspect of school life. It's a wonderful and vivacious school, and we feel so fortunate to be a part of it!
This school has dysfunctional leadership, administration, and faculty who blur the lines of friendship and professionalism with parents, creating an unsafe environment for children in the school. Bullies are not dealt with because it might offend teachers/parents, and the school is in favor of "letting the children figure it out", even when physical harm occurs. Teachers with poor teaching practices and unprofessional administrators are not sanctioned because people don't want to upset friendships. My family left after five years because of the rampant bullying, student favoritism, leadership dysfunction, shoestring budget, and other institutional problems that caused the school to lose 25% of its students last year. The past two board presidents have quit the board in the middle of their terms and removed their children due to their unhappiness with the school. The benefit of this alternative educational model is negated by the unsafe school environment and organizational instability. The risk is not worth the price tag.
Average, but different. It is a unique place to send your child or children if you are wanting them to truly learn to 'be a child' and not get mixed up in all of the media and over exposure that we see in the world today. Young children benefit greatly from this experience as they aren't pressured into testing, learning in a desk from textbooks, following guidelines set forth by the state as to where they need to be at a specific moment in their education or even "traditional" ways of learning that most people are accustomed to. However, be very careful going towards the age of intermediate level of learning because the academic focus really is not there. Not if you are wanting to then send your child to another type of school for the middle / high school years. There is not a school in the area that will be anything like this for the upper grades. You would almost have to send them or move them to the coasts to find a Waldorf high school or collage. Finally, be wary of the communication that you would receive within the school, a consistent struggle in my opinion. Ask and you may or may not receive as there is not a Principal to go to & have issues addressed, only office workers.
Shining Rivers Waldorf School is a fantastic place. My son loves going to school every day, and has learned so much more than just facts. He can play recorder and violin, write beautifully, do complex math problems, crochet, knit, cross stitch, garden, paint and draw wonderful pictures and more. Shining Rivers has a vibrant parent community as well.
I cannot imagine sending my children anywhere else! Shining Rivers takes a wholistic approach educating the heart, hands and minds of children. It has a curiculum that is substantive, rich and academically challenging and tracks with both the physical and mental development of the child. We love it and feel so fortunate to have found the school!
Learn about Rudolph Steiner as all teaching has it's foundations in his philosophy. Hardly any teachers, no lunch program, don't let your children watch tv ever. No tv or movie characters on clothing. Only organic, whole foods are allowed in the lunchbox. No music teacher.
Great developing Waldorf school. The school is now permanently located at 915 Elm Avenue in Webster Groves, Missouri and continues to grow. Parent input and involvement is encouraged and the children thrive in this school's Waldorf environment.