Most teachers will travel from grade to grade with their class of children. The class teacher will come to know each child very well. Watch them grow and develop, and be keenly aware of where each student excels and struggles.
We considered home schooling our children prior to finding Pine Hill. Having now attended for several years they come home each day happy, healthy, and excited about learning. They love it. We love it.
Pine Hill Waldorf school is a very beautiful, unique campus near the peak of Abbot Hill in Wilton, NH. Waldorf education is widely accepted in other civilized parts of the world as the standard in education. The teachers and faculty are greatly focused on the well being of the children. The whole environment is one of nurturing and attention to detail. There is space for a child to grow as a person, both individually and as a team member here. The learning is more holistic and interconnected throughout the 8 year experience than is typical. There is an emphasis on the arts - with that comes confidence in memorization and stage and personal presence - and French & German from 1st grade. There is great fellowship between the grades, both close and far in age, but also between the parents who have made a conscious decision to educate their children organic and whole. I encourage you to get your child into the school in 1st grade or sooner for the full experience. I am seeing my daughter come up through the school and how much she has to look forward to in each year that she will be there. It is a great place for your child to be talented and gifted.
My daughter attended PH from K - 8 grade. She is now in a challenging public high school and doing great, receiving highest honors consistently and taking on school leadership roles. Her teachers are impressed with her and other PH graduates -- they've told me these students are always a pleasure to have in class. My daughter often fondly reminisces about her time at PH and connects what she is learning now to something she learned at PH.
We moved to the Wilton area from St. Louis in 1997 in part so that our children could attend Pine Hill Waldorf School. We have not been disappointed. They've flourished here, as kids typically do in Waldorf schools, but Pine Hill's size and campus make it one of the flagship schools in Waldorf or Steiner education.
Pine Hill is a great school for our children and our family. Our children have flourished in the pedagogy, bringing out their creativity in music, movement, storytelling, acting, and circus arts, as well as making them competitive in the more academic pursuits of math, science, reading, and writing. The community within the school is also very supportive for our family. Our five years here have been great!