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Waldorf education is grounded in the belief that children are complex and multifaceted. Consequently truly effective education must nurture not only the minds of each child, but their bodies and souls as well. This isn't merely a lofty ideal: it is the daily reality of our unique community, one facilitated by administrators and staff and embodied by teachers. Our teachers not only meet the rigorous standards established by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), but are also required to continue their training through summer intensive trainings and regional conferences. (See waldorfstl.org/faculty-and-staff for bios and credentials.) To address the review posted November 4, 2014, everyone would agree that an environment in which bullying is allowed to flourish hurts the child being bullied (and in fact the bully) and brings down the entire community. The same goes for an unsafe environment, or one that allows favoritism to grow unchecked. In fact, this is antithetical to the very ideal to which every member of The Waldorf School of St. Louis (WSSL) community is dedicated: to educate the whole child, every single one of them. Conflict is an inevitable part of every daily life for children and adults alike. This is why our educators are trained to teach children conflict resolution, empowering them to work through disagreements that arise, and are there to facilitate discussions toward productive ends. As witnessed by the abundance of positive reviews parents have posted of WSSL, this school is a wonderful fit for many families. But our progressive model does not work for every family, and that is to be expected; we believe all children have unique needs. Sometimes, however, the most productive solution is to bring things to an end. School enrollment is a personalized choice for each family. The Waldorf School of St. Louis is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for our students and a caring and open community for our families.
February 13, 2015

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My children have attended The Waldorf School of St. Louis for several years. We came to the school initially because of the wonderful early childhood program. The focus on imaginative play, time outside in all types of weather, exploring nature, engaging the children in real work by letting them help make their daily snacks, and beautiful stories told by the dedicated Waldorf teachers created a very rich and meaningful learning environment for my little ones. As we learned more about the Waldorf curriculum for grades 1 - 8 we knew we wanted them to stay at the school. I am constantly amazed by how their teachers weave art, movement, and story into their academic lessons. The curriculum is designed to be developmentally appropriate for each age level. And because the curriculum is engaging their whole being, not just attempting to fill them with facts, the children seem to take in the lessons very deeply. My children love school and are excited about learning, and I credit that to their teachers at The Waldorf School.



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Our daughter is now in the 6th grade and has been attending the The Waldorf School of St. Louis since pre-K. The school has been a wonderful, nurturing place for growth and learning for our daughter and we love it! The teachers and the school community itself is fantastic, full of intelligent, dedicated and caring teachers and families. Our daughter has become healthy, confident, mature, creative and independent as a result of attending this school, and she loves it as well. The Waldorf School is the antidote to many ills present in modern-day society and really encourages creative and artistic expression and intellectual curiosity.




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We are very pleased with the school and even more excited for the future of The Waldorf School of St. Louis. WSSL is much more than a school. It is truly a community where there are so many opportunity for your own education enrichment. After being very dissatisfied with our local school options, we were fortunate to discover Waldorf Education. And we now understand why it is the fast growing independent school movement in the world. Our two children started in the Early Childhood Program and have now moved into The Grades. They are thriving at the school and both have a love of learning that doesn't stop when they get home from school. There is a purpose behind everything our children are taught. Especially, the when and the how. We are beginning to see the fruits of the Waldorf Education in our children. Like any developing schools, WSSL has had some challenges along the way. The school is now under strong leadership and it is financially stable. While Waldorf is not for every child or family, you should invest some time and look more into Waldorf and WSSL.

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The small class sizes allows the teachers to know individual students and their needs. This also allows for close supervision to help guide students through the natural developmental phases that include testing the limits.



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Our children love this school for all of the reasons that we do as parents. They love their friends, their teachers, the time outdoors to play and be kids. As parents, it is always comforting to see your child smiling as they wave goodbye in the mornings and excited to tell you about the adventures of their day on the car ride home. The faculty have provided a nurturing, healthy environment for my children over the years. We have found this to be a place that meets the social and emotional needs of our children. The early childhood program creates a home-like environment that made for an easy transition for little ones. We have a child in the grades program who has developed a love for reading, math and science without the pressures of traditional education. I have watched the children in the grades program over time develop into thoughtful, creative and inspiring young people. We are grateful for our experience after many years in this school.




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One of my favorite attributes of the Waldorf school is that I don't have to undo anything when they get home from school. We've been to another school and have felt and watched first hand how our child's dreaminess, hunger for learning and creative thought was being replaced with black/white ideas, flat drills/repetition and being fed what to think. We have two children at the Waldorf school and have been a part of this community for 7 years. It's sometimes agonizing to find that sweet spot with a school and community that best offers a match to our own family dynamics. While it is different for every household, we chose/choose Waldorf education for our children. The Waldorf community also serves us as the adults/parents with solid teacher relationship, involvement, and personal development. WSSL isn't benign to school issues, but I have found strength and enrichment with any bumps we've had along the way. We find value in this school we call home, or rather, an extension of our home.



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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.



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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.


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Waldorf education is grounded in the belief that children are complex and multifaceted. Consequently truly effective education must nurture not only the minds of each child, but their bodies and souls as well. This isn't merely a lofty ideal: it is the daily reality of our unique community, one facilitated by administrators and staff and embodied by teachers. Our teachers not only meet the rigorous standards established by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), but are also required to continue their training through summer intensive trainings and regional conferences. (See waldorfstl.org/faculty-and-staff for bios and credentials.) To address the review posted November 4, 2014, everyone would agree that an environment in which bullying is allowed to flourish hurts the child being bullied (and in fact the bully) and brings down the entire community. The same goes for an unsafe environment, or one that allows favoritism to grow unchecked. In fact, this is antithetical to the very ideal to which every member of The Waldorf School of St. Louis (WSSL) community is dedicated: to educate the whole child, every single one of them. Conflict is an inevitable part of every daily life for children and adults alike. This is why our educators are trained to teach children conflict resolution, empowering them to work through disagreements that arise, and are there to facilitate discussions toward productive ends. As witnessed by the abundance of positive reviews parents have posted of WSSL, this school is a wonderful fit for many families. But our progressive model does not work for every family, and that is to be expected; we believe all children have unique needs. Sometimes, however, the most productive solution is to bring things to an end. School enrollment is a personalized choice for each family. The Waldorf School of St. Louis is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for our students and a caring and open community for our families.
Posted February 13, 2015



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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.

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