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Phoenixville, PA
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410 W Seven Stars Rd
Phoenixville, PA 19460

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(610) 933-3635
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February 25, 2015
I have attended KWS since first grade, so I have had the chance to experience all aspects of this school. I thought that having the same teacher from 1st to 8th grade was wonderful because she could really get to know each student, and as much as possible teach to a students specific needs. I also know that teachers are mentored by more experienced teachers for their first eight years, and they do continue their training as they teach by going to many conferences and summer workshops. In high school, I think that teaching to the head, heart, and hands becomes even more important. I also love how we are taught through discussion and hands-on experience rather than out of a text book. Naturally, when it comes to studying algebra or calculus, we do use a text book. But even then, it is used as a helpful tool or source of practice probelms, never as the source of teaching. Of course this school is not perfect. Because of its small size it can't offer all that a big public school can. After I graduate this spring, I look forward to going to college as a well rounded student who can perform well on a test, and can also think creatively and independently.

- submitted by a student

January 22, 2015
My son has been attending the Rosebud School (preschool) at Kimberton Waldorf School since September 2014. I am so pleased with the amount of care and consideration given to him during the three-days/week he is there. Every day I drop him off, he has a smile on his face and absolutely can't wait to start his busy day with his teachers and friends. When I come to pick him up, he is delighted to see me and tell me all about the adventures of his day. I absolutely love the commitment KWS has to preparing and eating healthy, organic foods; engaging children in enriching activities that are truly age-appropriate; focusing on what each child individually needs; leading by example; and encouraging my son's inner imagination and light to shine! Like others, I wish I had attended this school when I was a kid, and I can't wait to watch my children grow up and thrive in this extraordinary environment.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2015
After researching the many private schools we have in this area, my wife and I chose Kimberton Waldorf School for our two children over 14 years ago. As we watched our children progress through the lower, middle and high school our respect for Waldorf Education grew. Although most schools claim to teach the values children will need in life, we found only Waldorf Education actually implementing these values into each lesson. The curriculum is not just academic but incorporates morality, empathy, creativity, communication, imagination and independence to allow the children to leave school with the tools needed to thrive in this world. The school has been the greatest gift we could give to our children. Is the school perfect? No, there are the same issues I suspect one will find at almost any institution. None-the-less, we find the school to be well run and very responsive to our needs. We are very satisfied with our choice of schools and hope our grandchildren will one day attend.

- submitted by a parent

November 29, 2014
Please turn the other way and spend your hard earned dollar on a great private school. This school does not deal with social inclusion, it lacks in meeting children with learning difficulties, it does not honor or challenge children who are gifted and it does not regularly evaluate teachers or dean or governing structure. Parents have absolutely no voice. This school is not living up to what they promote. Honestly your child would have a better success rate in the local puplic sector.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2014
I was a parent at Kimberton Waldorf School. My daughter was prepared in every way to succeed as a student, an athlete, a member of the District and Regional Chorus, a member of the District and Regional Orchestra (playing the violin), and a member of the Governor's School (representing Chester County). Because Kimberton is one of the 1000 Waldorf Schools world-wide, she spent 6 months in her junior year at the Stuttgart Waldorf School in Germany, becoming fluent in German. As a result she was accepted "early action" at Harvard. She graduated from Harvard and also from Columbia Medical School, and is now a successful psychiatrist in Los Angeles. She is the co-author of "The Fundamentals of Trauma Therapy," a text used in many schools of social work throughout the country. Her son is now attending a Waldorf School in the Los Angeles area. No wonder that the February 6th, 2014, "New Yorker" Magazine described in a 6 page article how 300 Waldorf Schools have been established in China during the last 10 years.

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July 30, 2014
Waldorf Education offers developmentally based curriculum that builds critical thinking skills, responsibility, and active learning. Both my children graduated from KWS. Kimberton's balance arts, physical activity, and gardening has been perfect for my children who have become engaged, intelligent, thinking young adults.

- submitted by a community member

July 18, 2014
Unfortunately, this is a classic case of overselling and underdelivering. This school markets itself as individualized education, but that was not our experience. Children who want more academic challenges don't get them. And, there's no management of the teachers by a central office. That's very important for you to know, because at the school, your child stays with the same teacher from 1st grade through 8th grade. So, if you get a good teacher who is committed to their job and also willing to help each child, you're all set. But if you have concerns with your teacher or a problem develops, there's no one else to turn to. Teachers are not re-trained or disciplined or removed when they should be - they run the school (even though there's a 'Dean')! So if you struggle with your teacher, you have to just deal with it, or (if it's really bad) simply leave the school. We found the pre-K program to be wonderful, but beyond that it's really a crapshoot. There's a great theory of education here, but it just isn't applied consistently. So, if you're gonna spend this much money, find a private school with good management and stability, where your opinion matters. That's what we did.

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July 13, 2014
Like many before us, we moved to the area so our children could attend KWS. We were so disappointed with how the school ignored social inclusion problems. We never expected bullying to be ignored and the teachers and staff to be untrained to deal with incidents of bullying which occur daily. We also had the opportunity to observe one of my children's class teachers. The learning environment was not one of creativity, but chaos. My one child is still recovering from the anxiety caused by not feeling safe. Most disheartening to us is how the administrators at the school ignore the parents and parents' concerns. We shared our experience with the leadership at the school and nothing was ever done to resolve the problems my child experienced at the hands of his teacher--problems other children in her past and current classes also experienced. This is key because in Waldorf education, children stay with the same teacher first-eighth grades. If you are looking for a true Waldorf education, this is not the school for you. While it says Waldorf in the name, it is not an education centered around the individual child--teaching the head, the heart, and the hands--or protecting the children.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2014
There are few schools that can give what KWS does-- a wonderful education, deep in content including immersion in subjects that create wholeness as integrated with art and activity--teachers who are authentically dedicated and competent, and a chance to be a part of a genuine school community which enriches everyone, including parents.

- submitted by a community member

April 29, 2014
We have 3 kids at Kimberton Waldorf school and it has lived up to all of our expectation and more. We love the Waldorf philosophy, the 425 acres of beautiful farm land, the organic lunch program, the biodynamic garden, the community of parents and teachers, and the beautiful art my kids bring home. This is the school I wish I had gone to.

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April 29, 2014
Highly recommend this amazing school. I'm an alumni and if I lived in the area, I'd send my children here in a heartbeat. The Waldorf approach to academics, as well as it's focus on so many other important areas of learning and life is inspiring and just so right. A+++

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April 25, 2014
I graduated from Kimberton Waldorf School in 1996, went to Oberlin College and majored in chemistry and theater, and then did my Ph.D. in chemistry at MIT. Kimberton has a hands-on and active curriculum. In physics, we didn t only read a book, we went outside a built a pulley system; we got to see it and touch it and realize it ourselves. In chemistry class, we made soap, we made bread. We understood that things are created from chemical reactions. It was alive and interesting, a rich experience. When I first attended Kimberton in second grade, I was a particularly hyperactive child, so recess was critical for me. Recess allowed me to let out all that energy for a half an hour to an hour every day, twice a day, so that I could sit in a classroom and concentrate. I also benefited very much from the emphasis Kimberton education places on developing well-rounded individuals. By requiring all children to play sports, a musical instrument, sing, act, dance, paint, sculpt, knit, do woodworking, etc., on top of a very interesting and creative approach to academics, I was never bored at school and looked forward to going every morning.

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April 17, 2014
My daughter will be finishing up Kindergarten soon, and she has had a great year. She has been baking, finger-knitting, sewing, painting, singing, dancing, and even sledding this winter. She has had a lot of free play, especially outdoor play, which is so important for a six-year-old. The teachers are wonderful. My daughter is looking forward to entering the lower school next year, to the class play, learning languages, math, drawing, gardening, farming and all the other exciting things planned. I have two other children who will be entering the Kindergarten soon, and I am so grateful they will have this special place to go to every morning.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2014
Kimberton Waldorf school is a place where children learn to grow up, and receive a truly unique education. It's like a true liberal arts degree, nurturing the whole child and stimulating the type of creativity and passion for knowledge and excellence that leads to successful lives and careers. I am an alumna, and am planning to send my child to a Waldorf/Steiner school.

- submitted by a community member

April 08, 2014
Kimberton Waldorf School offers a phenomenal education for children that encompasses all areas of learning. Children learn from a hands-on, experiential approach with classes that include woodwork, handwork, and gardening. Our family loves this school!

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January 31, 2014
My son is a senior and has been at Kimberton since kindergarten. Kindergarten was truly a delightful experience for us all, and through parent education, we learned how to create a truly nurturing daily routine suitable for the young child that did not include mind numbing media (tv, radio, Internet) and electronics. Grades one through eight were sweet and satisfactory. The rigor of the high school is challenging and it takes time for some to make the transistion from middle school. The school is not really set up for children with intense learning challenges. Teachers are demanding and good grades are not given without serious effort by the students. While it's not a perfect fit for evyone, this liberal arts education is very special, and one that strives to empower students to suceed in college and in life. A graduate has the confidence to meet the world head on with a creative and postitive spirit. I highly recommend a visit.

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December 13, 2013
I moved back to Chester County specifically so that my daughter could enroll at Kimberton Waldorf School. She's in the early childhood program now, but I love that Kimberton covers the full spectrum of child development, from 18 months through 18 years. I also love that the teachers and staff are so dedicated to letting a child's life unfold naturally and COMPLETELY. Where else could you find such a strong academic curriculum interlaced with such strong artistic and practical curricula? I look forward to my daughter experiencing thermal physics, gardening and food preservation, Norse Mythology, blacksmithing and woodworking, German language and culture, creating conic sections out of clay, canoeing and hiking several miles a day (not to mention having gourmet meals prepared by the campfire) on the Odyssey Trip, world history, knitting and felting... I could go on and on. I am so in love with Kimberton Waldorf School.

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May 10, 2013
My daughter goes to this school and I love it. The teachers are wonderful, care about the children and are fully committed to helping them succeed. I couldn't ask for anything more.

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January 20, 2013
Sending my children to Kimberton was the best investment I ever made. My children are recent graduates and loved the high school and their teachers and remark to me how grateful they are to them for their broad-ranging education. They have even emailed notes of thanks to them. Their college professors have singled them out as outstanding thinkers and exceptional writers, and written remarkable recommendations and references. I was pleased at their interest in subjects outside their majors and their continuing interest in culture, the arts and great books. Kimberton taught them how to think!

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2013
We have been sending our children here for 14 years and are getting ready to withdraw. The once wonderful high school has deteriorated drastically in recent years, due largely to financial challenges and a resulting diminished curriculum, faculty morale issues, and hiring of newer teachers who are both uninspiring to young people and uninformed about Waldorf pedagogy. Retention issues have resulted in seats being filled with part-year foreign students, some on exchange and some visiting. Lots of students are always coming and going. It is heartbreaking for me to say "Beware."

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November 29, 2009
My daughter has been going to KWS for 3 years. The best decision we ever made. It is a warm, inviting and nurturing environment, setup to allow the child to develop in a natural way, not force fed like today's institutions.

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December 13, 2008
My daughter is in second grade and we currently drive her from Reading (about 45 minutes) everyday. I think Waldorf schools are among the best and from what I understand KWS is the second oldest in the country (NYC being the oldest).

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July 28, 2008
Both my Children attended Kimberton Waldorf. It afforded them an exceptional education with many important experiences most schools no adays ignore! Best choice I ever made

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April 14, 2007
Early elementary children take in the world primarily through images and feelings, so for these ages teachers recite vivid stories and present the curriculum poetically rather than through dry textbook facts. Young children learn through movement, imitation and play, so the teacher leads the class through numerous games, dances and exercises (such as counting or reciting poems while clapping or marching) and introduces them to a unique form of expressive movement, eurhythmy. At all stages, imagination and artistic expression are cultivated to the fullest extent possible.

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At Kimberton Waldorf School, we provide a rich academic curriculum taught through the prism of creative thinking. The reason is simple. Mathematics requires creative problem-solving skills. Physics requires creative problem-solving skills. And creating a sustainable future certainly requires creative problem-solving skills. The key to nurturing the capacities of a developing mind is inspiration.

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Kimberton Waldorf School
410 W Seven Stars Rd, Phoenixville, PA  19460
(610) 933-3635
Last modified Kimberton Waldorf School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Kimberton Waldorf School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top