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915 North Elm Avenue
Webster Groves, MO 63119

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(314) 962-2129
(314) 962-2012
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March 31, 2015
My daughter attended the school for 7 years. The early childhood program was fine in most respects but the volunteering aspect was very demanding. Later in grades, reading/spelling was not emphasized. If your child is not driven and self-motivated or has a learning disability they can get lost academically in this school. Some kids need structure/help and it's not to be found here. The class size was very small which is great if your kid is not social but bad for the outgoing and social child. Discipline is in short supply and bullying happens. In general academic expectations were so low - no homework, no consequences for unfinished work, no testing, no feedback. The result is kids are not prepared for the academic rigor of other educational institutions. Waldorf schools may be great in other places but in St. Louis it's an illusion.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2015
I have been a parent at WSSL for six years, in that time the school has transitioned into serving preschool - Grade 8, it has seen an influx of new families as it has grown, with lots of changes. I appreciate being able to send my children to a developing school that provides a true alternative to a mainstream that is high stress, test preoccupied and does not take children's development into account. WSSL provides an environment where my children have thrived, it utilizes the arts and music in a way that is both creative and enhances the more traditionally academic subjects. The school emphasises the arts and sciences, and our children are being taught in a way that fosters a love of learning, enhances their natural curiosity, and encourages both creative and critical thinking. The faculty is so devoted not only to continuing their personal education but to the children as well, they truly hold and educate the children head, heart and hand.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2015
My family has been associated with this school for many years. We currently have grades age children enrolled. We have been very pleased with the way our children are being met as whole individuals. I see our children blossoming as confident, kind, self-aware and intelligent people. I feel blessed to have found a place where my children's unique gifts are being fostered while simultaneously they are challenged to grow in new directions. They learn in a positive and meaningful way. My kids could not be more different from each other, yet I see them both thriving in the Waldorf environment. The school has a lot of heart and a great community of people. While the school's communications were not great or frequent years ago time has brought improvement in leaps and bounds.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2015
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!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
The school has a lot going for it, but communication with parents needs to be improved.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Amazing place. Truly inspiring. I feel so fortunate to have had my child there for 3 wonderful years before having to move out of state.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
They take care of the whole child. Mind body and Soul.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 19, 2007
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2007
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.

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The Waldorf School of St. Louis
915 North Elm Avenue, Webster Groves, MO  63119
(314) 962-2129
Last modified The Waldorf School of St. Louis is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Waldorf School of St. Louis Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 12 reviews. Top