Our children are getting a great education without screens and simple memorization. Instead they are being taught to think and learn on their own. Great teachers and great community. And the focus on nature and outdoor learning is a huge plus. It's what school should be.
This school is wonderful. My kids are getting a fabulous education, broad and deep. The teachers are dedicated and love kids and teaching. The community is warm and welcoming. The students continually impress me with their work. I could go on, but you get the idea.
PWS has consensus based leadership style. Things absolutely get done, but it's different than classic hierarchical models at public schools. That makes for a highly engaged faculty and staff, but things are, I think, muddier than at some schools. The mix, however, is highly effective.
The third grade teacher, Ms. Webber, is extraordinary. A treasure. She'll be teaching fourth grade in 2017/2018. We feel so incredibly lucky to have her teaching our daughter through eighth grade. She is gifted, a gift.
My daughter is blooming at Portland Waldorf. Her teacher is extraordinary. Her classmates are exceptional: kind, curious and gentle. I have had great experience with the faculty and other teachers. This is a school full of kindness, a place where children flourish.
Waldorf isn't for every family. You kind of have to buy into stuff like keeping your kids away from media -- and embracing routine, nature and structured learning. If you want to develop the whole child, I'd strongly suggest taking a walk through the grades. You see the power of the pedagogy through the kids. They're healthy, balanced and confident. Good kids. Super good kids.
So Waldorf is a bit removed from typical 2017. You don't see kids on their cell phones. You see older kids playing with younger kids on the big, open playground. It feels...unplugged. A place where kids can be kids, not media consumers, not tablet junkies. There's lots of good literature on why this is great for kids' development. And you certainly see it at PWS.
In the hallways and in our home, I've seen the power of PWS. It's a great school. I can't recommend it too highly.
Five effervescent stars -- amidst a shower of beeswax and yarn.