I am so relieved and happy to have found Linden Waldorf! I knew what I didn't want-teaching to the test, over testing, little recess, developmentally inappropriate expectations and curriculum etc. She's 5 and I want her to be that and not have the pressure of academics so young when I know that at this age, the most important thing is play. What I found in Linden was more than I could have ever dreamed of providing for my child. She is truly discovering herself and the world around her. She is learning, she is making new friends, and she is joyful! I know that as she gets older, her academics will become more challenging as the expectations increase with development and I also know that she is getting a strong foundation to be a life long learner. This education is a true gift.
This school community is welcoming and inclusive, the teachers are warm and caring and the education is wholesome and thoughtful. Of course, every school has growing pains, LWS included, but my child is happy and thriving and really what more can you ask. Five stars indeed.
Don t be fooled. Linden Waldorf School is deceptive and harmful to children and families. My family's experience here was nightmarish and included orchestrated emotional and psychological abuse by teachers, overt shunning and shaming of students and families, rampant unchecked bullying, and poor quality teachers. Before choosing this school, you should thoroughly investigate its religious underpinnings. Google search Waldorf beliefs, Waldorf criticisms and Waldorf scandals. The uninitiated should understand that Waldorf education is based on anthroposophy, a spiritual science created by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. Anthroposophy revolves around spiritual advancement through reincarnation and karma; a central idea is that souls progress from dark-skinned races to light-skinned. The purpose of Waldorf schools is to guide the reincarnation of children s souls. Most parents don t realize it, but anthroposophy determines EVERYTHING that happens here, from how children are assessed to the superstitious avoidance of technology to the color of paint on classroom walls. Cleanliness and safety are ignored, classrooms are roach-infested, and secrecy is paramount. Bad karma.
Linden waldorf school is a wonderful school. I am a current 8th grader. i have been going to this school since 5th grade. LWS has truly loving and caring teachers who take time to make sure that each student truly understands the material. My teacher is wonderful teacher. she is the best teacher I've ever had. I love this school so much.
This school should be avoided if you are truly looking for a loving, inclusive, globally conscious school. The culture is stated as being child centered, globally inclusive, heart focused, spirit oriented. But it is not the actual culture. Rather it is excluive, rigid, authoritarian, occult, isolating. While my children attended I witnessed a new student, a kind, sweet child with a family that seemed very loving was ostracized, bullied, treated in a most hateful manner because they were unique. That was the final straw for my family. We were never told of the culture of openness meant only open to what they think and nothing else. They say, advertise, pretend to be holistic, creative, loving but rather they are anything but unless you meet their exact specifications. And those occult, Wiccan expectations are and were never discussed. If that is your thing, then peace, love, and hopefully your children will be happy. But if not your children will be abused and made to feel very unwelcome.
Simple - My 8 year old have been at the school for 5 plus years. Along with her great reading, math, and social skills, she looks forward to seeing her teacher and friends every day. She is highly motivated and loves nature and learning in a trusting and nurturing environment. She has just published - yes I said published her 1st book, and we are looking for many great things to come of her. The Linden Waldorf School has also place all if its graduating classes in top notch schools around the city and region and they have been performing at the top of their respective classes. Great place to visit. Check out Visitor Wednesdays and or attend our annual Elve's Faire November 6, 2010.
The school and its approach to learning (waldorf education) is an excellent environment for children to learn, develop a strong foundation and self confidence. Along with multiple languages, string instruments and art. My kids love school.
Our small school is a real community. The Waldorf curriculum brings new challenges at just the right times in the right ways. My daughter was deeply immersed in stories before she ever began to read, and she incorporated an understanding of numbers through rhyme and rhythm before she ever wrote out a math problem. She spends time outdoors each day (rain or shine), has learned recorder and a string instrument, and she knows how to use her hands, whether knitting and crocheting, woodworking, watercolor painting, or writing beautiful cursive.