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.
My two daughters attended K-12th grade. It's an oasis in an over-commercialized desert.
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!
Amazing faculty and parents. Kids that will change the world and are taught to think and love to learn.
Austin Waldorf is the best school because it nurtures mind, body, and spirit in a chalanging yet loving and natural environment.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very strict on many lifestyle issues. Not the laidback atmosphere we thought it would be.
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).
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.
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.
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