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K-12
Private
Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 388
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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8700 South View Road
Austin, TX 78737

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(512) 288-5942
(512) 301-8997
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April 10, 2013
This school is amazing! The kids learn all of the same stuff they learn in public school, but in far more interesting, interactive and progressive ways. In addition all of the regular academics, the Waldorf students also get art, handwork, woodwork, eurthymy, musical instrument, chorus, sand sculpting, blacksmithing, theatre, and time to play outside.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
Great school. Our children received excellent educations K-12 and admission to top colleges and universities where they excelled. Teachers were caring and supportive as well as brilliant in working with students. Arts were engaging and expected; sports and leadership opportunities were available to students who choose such. As parents our questions were readily understood and answered. We are most appreciative of finding such a well rounded and balanced, beautiful school.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
My students attended public schools and two different Waldorf schools before spending their high school years at AWS. AWS wins hands down in terms of how much the teachers invest in teaching the students, rather than simply their subjects. We all loved the integrated curriculum with different artistic skills encouraged in what would otherwise be ordinary subjects (English, math, history, Spanish, German.) Although the school has had a tendency to involve itself in more than just the academic lives of the students, we understood that this was to protect all the students. Our children have gone on to take up professions or further studies at liberal arts colleges in which their instructors and professors have commented positively on their broad based education; ability to think, ask questions, observe, and draw conclusions; as well as their wide range of artistic experiences. We are all working hard to make it possible to send the grand-children here.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2013
What an amazingly brilliant curriculum, campus, and faculty! My child has attended this school for 8 years and I wouldn't choose anything else. There is tremendous attention given to educating not just the head, but also making certain that the students' emotional and physical needs are supported. The academics are rich and enlivened by the arts and practical disciplines. These children are well-rounded, engaged, and genuinely enjoy coming to school. Imagine!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2013
The Austin Waldorf School is an excellent school for all grades k-12. We have three children and have been at the school for 8 years. I could not be more pleased. In a world where media and technology are moving faster and faster, this school emphasizes those educational moments where the student can focus on the activity in themselves as doers and not just observers of the world around. Providing opportunities to create and solve issues, and not just imitate leads to an enriched educational experience across the board. Additionally, the teachers are truly dedicated to the growth and development of the whole child as a human being and not just the academics. When there is something happening academically, they strive to support the students by supporting the general well being of the student in addition to working through the academics. In the high school, the academics are diverse and rigorous, but met with enthusiasm by the students. The programs in arts, music, and sports are also great! My children love to go to school and are joyous, and eager to learn. The community is warm, supportive and dedicated to the wellbeing of all it's members. What more could you ask for.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2013
What an amazing school. Both my kids went there from Kindergarten until they were ready for college. Not only did they get an excellent education that permitted them to attend and excel at first-rate colleges, but also they developed into the sort of young adults of whom any parent would be proud.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2013
This was a terrible place for my children. My son took a huge blow to his self esteem in the short time he spent there. It truly was a disaster. They are not prepared to deal with learning difficulties at all. They accepted our son based on a very short interview and a quick look over his work from another Waldorf school. The person who interviewed us said his work was "advanced". Two short months into the school year and we were having major problems. After a total of 5 months we withdrew our son as he was suffering in class. He is doing much better now and we are considering the local public school after a short period of homeschooling. The community is not warm as they would like you to believe. We came from another school with a fantastic community, so we know what that's all about and AWS doesn't have it. My children's teachers didn't even know the name of their baby sister. The"mentor" program to welcome new families is a joke. These people were paid a lot of money to blow off our family when we became inconvenient.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2011
the customer service and counselors for the camp were not friendly or inviting! But awkward and uninformative. I did not go back for the last days and did not get a refund or even offered one. I didn't even know where my son was when coming to pick up and no one knew where he was for an hour! My mom told me I should have called the police. Maybe I should have. The teacher was creepy and wierd My son did not like him and neither

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
We have been at AWS for 9 years with children in the 1st and 6th grades. The experience for both has been fantastic--they love learning, are confident and full of wonder at every new learning opportunity. The teachers are indeed masters and are devoted to educating not only the mind, but the heart and will as well. Everything about the curriculum interrelates and is developmentally appropriate. For example, in the 5th grade, they study ancient culture, including Greece, and work for months to participate in a Pentathlon, complete with a bonfire, odes they have written and illustrated, a Greek meal, etc. The event is done with reverence and culminates their studies for the year. I can't say enough good things about the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
The opportunities given to students are amazing

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2009
An amazing education - for the whole family. Teachers are outstanding, great community, makes me want to go back to school. And hearing my children wake up every day wanting to go to school is unbeatable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
My niece Lilly Tischler goes to Austin Waldorf School and she is multi- talented and just amazing in every sense of the word, because of all she has learned in this fabulous school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Developmentally geared curricullum. Best high schoolin world. Best teachers and administrator ! Wonderful community

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The teachers are masterful. The children are instilled with a love of learning, a love of words and critical thinking. Their questions are thoughtful, creative and deep. An illistration: as a 17 yr old, my child went to a medical lecture with me. His question to the presenter stopped many of the audience from their own individual conversations. The speaker lit up and spoke for another 15 minutes in response to his question. It is commonfor these young adults go to college where their professors ask about their education and it is thru these children that their professors have the first introduction to the Waldorf education. I feel that i have provided the greatest gift of all by providing a Waldorf education to my child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
My grandson attends Austin Waldorf School. I am very glad he has the opportunity to go to this very worthwild and wonderful school with an education that will mean a lot to him in his life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
My daughter graduated from the Austin Waldorf School, attending since kindergarten. The school provided a well-rounded education in a warm, creative and beautiful setting. The education she received prepared her well for college.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
IT s a small liberal arts school that provides an outstanding education in a great community of people. It has definitely prepared me for college.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
It teaches children in a developmentally appropriate way. My son loves going to school there. His favorite classes at the moment are 'Woodworking, gym, and math.'

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
My kids are getting an education that facilitates their development into free human beings who can make a difference in the world!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
The Austin Waldorf School and Waldorf education in general honors and respects a child like no other... the most sophisticated organic education in the world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
This is the most wonderful school in Austin. My kid have been going for I've 10 years. They love it. You have to see it for your self.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
My two daughters attended K-12th grade. It's an oasis in an over-commercialized desert.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 19, 2009
The students always amaze me - they speak confidently, look you in the eye, and always have so many educational, athletic and artistic interests. The school is helping students grow into great adults!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Amazing faculty and parents. Kids that will change the world and are taught to think and love to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Austin Waldorf is the best school because it nurtures mind, body, and spirit in a chalanging yet loving and natural environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
It is much different than most schools. All the students are made to feel they are able to do anything, music, art, sports, acting, sculpture,knitting, crochet, foreign language, all academic subjects, and they all succeed. My granddaughter, who will graduate in 2010, has gotten an excellent education at Austin Waldorf School

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
Mr. Paredes is a great teacher!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2009
Very committed teachers and parents with a less technology-focused lifestyle result in a close-knit community that is more than just a school. The children don't get burned out with worksheets in first grade, and instead focus on creative play and stories rich in vocabulary. By the time they reach 3rd grade most are reading at or above level and are hungry for homework as it is introduced in 3rd grade and gradually increased. A strong bond with class and teacher is formed as they keep the same teacher in 1-8. And my 5th grader could tell you about every student in K-8 if asked, so don't buy the 'student's don't learn socialization' stuff. The high school is college prep and very rigorous academically and one of the biggest complaints is that it can't accept every student from 8th grade. Its a great school for creating independent adults ready for the 21st century.

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May 15, 2008
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October 12, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
September 08, 2007
Bad points: 1.Students never fully learn socialization. They remain with their same small class and teacher from each year to the next. 2. Academics are not emphasized. Good Points: 1. Very beautiful, natural campus. The kids are very sheltered and protected here. They keep a sense of that childhood innocence much longer than average. 2. The arts here are extraordinary. You won't believe the craftmanship and artwork from the little kids!

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2007
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June 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
My daughter attends the Austin Waldorf School, and I am very grateful we made the decision to enroll her there. The balanced approach of 'heart, hands and mind' has helped her grow and develop emotionally, physically and intellectually. That being said, the Waldorf approach is not for everyone. Any educational system works best when it is supported by the home life. If you are enamored with early computer use for young children, I would encourage you to look elsewhere. But if you are hoping to find a pragmatic, integrated and respectful education for your child, the Austin Waldorf School is worth a visit to find out more. My wife is a former student, and recently completed her Ph.D.. A Waldorf education was an excellent foundation for her.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2007
My family was thrilled that we sent our children to Austin Waldorf. They are all(4) well rounded,loving and creative adults now. They all seemed to have chosen a livlihood that speaks to them and one they will love to get up every morning for. They are all artists and have given me joy to see, hear touch and feel the fruits of their creativity.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
Our son was enrolled - he is no longer attending because the school is not the arts integrated curriculum we first saw upon enrollment. Please look into Anthroposophy and the teachings of Rudolf Steiner (who the school and curriculum is based upon)before you enroll.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
An excellent thorough and balanced program that requires a significant commitment to the child and their developmental environment. Elementary work is typically nurturing. The middle- and high school curriculum is challenging but academically rewarding. The atmosphere is generally relaxed, but structure, self-discipline, and personal respect are integral to the process. If you don t view these concepts as essential to education, consider an alternate choice. Do take the time to fully understand the school s non-denominational pedagogy: it is not right for every child (or parent). The small enrollment typically creates a family-like bond between students and provides a desirable teacher/student ratio. For the same reason the school lacks resources to accommodate a wide range of special needs. Be honest about the needs of - and expectations for - your child. If you are not willing to meet the large personal and financial commitments, this is not the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
Superb age/developmental approach, especially in grade school levels; music and arts outstanding to develop love of learning and the world; good at basic skills, social development; unique system of learning that makes transfer out more difficult.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2006
Very strict on many lifestyle issues. Not the laidback atmosphere we thought it would be.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2006
The school claims to be non-denominational but we were told during the admissions process, by the teacher our child would have, that the school is Christian-focused. Also, know that you must prepare to change your entire lifestyle, at home and everywhere, if your child enters school here. Unless you were raised on a farm with no electronic media, it will be a shock to the system for junior (no TV, no radio, no computer, etc. until age 9 - they insist, and the other kids will snitch if they find out one of their peers isn't following the rules).

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August 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2005
Do your 'due diligence' before going through the admissions process. Check out Waldorf education and Anthroposophy in depth before you decide this is the place for your child. We found that there is much more than meets the eye to this particular cirriculum. Do the research, it can be tough if you, as parents do not believe in the Waldorf pedagogy. Ask for full disclosure.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
Although the quality of the programs and parent involvement here are extremely high, the social environment is rather oppressive. If your child attends this school, prepare to be judged and to possibly have your heart broken, no matter how devoted you are to the Waldorf philosophy. Infamous for expelling children with 'special needs' despite their politically correct PR. Highly recommend having a Plan B in mind.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
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Austin Waldorf School
8700 South View Road, Austin, TX  78737
(512) 288-5942
Last modified Austin Waldorf School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Austin Waldorf School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top