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PK-8
Private
Charlottesville, VA
Students enrolled: 173
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After care: Yes

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120 Waldorf School Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

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(434) 973-4946
(434) 973-4109
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August 28, 2014
money, no problem....They are real Human being..they care kids and families .Thanks Good, finally We find Light....

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2014
This is the most incredible school, I wish I could have gone here when I was a kid. My child was having behavior problems in every school we put her in. Wherever we went if she got in trouble she would shut down, Mrs. Russ has brought out the best in our child who is now talking and approaching her peers. It is incredible to watch. Before we pulled her out of public school she would cry every morning about not wanting to go to school, now we have no fight. I can't say enough how much this school has given my family. My child is playing better, making friends and LOVES school. There is nothing else that we can ask for.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
I absolutely love this school. My daughter just started kindergarten, and is having a wonderful experience. The teachers, students and the entire school community have been extremely warm and welcoming. My daughter struggled socially while at a different preschool, but the warmth and care at CWS school have made all the difference, she seems comfortable and confident with her peers and looks forward to school everyday!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
CWS is a jewel of a school in Charlottesville! We have been sending our boys here for over 9 years, and it just gets better and better every year! Really, they LOVE their school, and that in itself is huge. But wow, it truly only scratches the surface. The amazing way the learning is folded into the curriculum as each year passes humbles me as a parent. The main thing we need more of is more students. So come visit us!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
Most important I know my young children's love of and trust in the world is cherished at the Cville Waldorf School. He is encouraged to be himself while he plays. The children are outside come rain or shine which really instills the importance of the natural world. The community surrounding the school has made me feel a part of my children's lives outside of my home. I couldn't be happier with this school as their first step into the larger world.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
We are going into our 8th year at the Charlottesville Waldorf School and it has been an amazing experience from the beginning. We began our journey at the school after we had our daughter at another school and she wasn't happy. From the teachers to the manner in which the curriculum is taught, the quality of education has surpassed anything we could ever hoped for our children. But not only is the level of education excellent, the love and care that each teacher offers each student is amazing and unique. We are extremely grateful that our children (now 4) have had the opportunity to attend The Charlottesville Waldorf School, my hope is that more parents will find it for their children.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
C,ville Waldorf is such a unique place. We moved to the area especially so my children can be ushered into the beauty of life long learning using an intentional, and tried and true method. I am hooked and impressed by the community created by the organzied administration. Parents of students in my child's school include public school teachers, nurses, doctors, carpenters, engineers, small business owners and artists- a very diverse crowd. The Waldorf method seems to pinpoint developmental stages pretty perfectly. The curriculum is rigorous, but becasue of the timing and beauty with which mateial is introduced, children feel hungry to learn. We did a Montessori School last year, and though my child loved his teachers, there is a light in his eyes that didn't exist last year, where he seemed to find himself in the "waterworks" station of the classroom most of the time. I look forward to my own growth through my child's time at the school. I feel like I have hired a personal consulting firm as my child's teacher is available to help us with home rhythm and other issues where I need assistence and we have already set up a home visit with her. I would wish this on every child!!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
I have four children who attend CWS and have nothing but wonderful things to share about the program here. The teachers are so talented, so brilliant...it is really a joy to give this education to my children. There is something, more like *many* things, to look forward to each day for every child: plenty of time to read in grade school, plenty of time to play outside with friends when they are little. Art and music every day for every child--my son loves learning his string instrument--it is such a pleasure to parent a boy who loves books, lacrosse and orchestra! The depth of my kids' education is stellar--it touches all disciplines regularly. All CWS children love having two recesses a day until 8th grade to chill out between academics. During recess is very common to see middle schoolers playing chase with 1st graders and 3rd graders playing soccer with 8th graders. The mentoring relationships 8th graders form with the 2nd graders on Library Day is especially precious. The little kids adore attending the big kids' science fair--my first grader couldn't get enough of the 8th graders' electronic circuit projects. You just have to come see for yourself this amazing school!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
Charlottesville Waldorf School is an excellent, caring and fantastic place for my children. The teachers and staff are incredibly attentive, intelligent and creative people who have our children's best interests at the forefront of their awareness at all times. My child is entering the second grade this year and is excited to return to school and learn from her teacher again. The combination of creativity and academics creates an environment that nurtures true and lasting intelligence that will support my child's learning process for the rest of her life.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
From a parent's perspective, the Charlottesville Waldorf School (CWS) is everything I could ever ask for from a school for our son, who is now entering 6th grade. The teachers (and faculty) are truly dedicated to nurturing the students. Great value is placed on the uniqueness of each child. Kindness and respect for one another is felt throughout the entire campus. Much time is spent in outdoor play, with emphasis on our connectedness to nature. Intellectual curiosity is encouraged. Children are taught in a holistic manner, nurturing their minds, bodies, and souls, while educating them in so many important areas of life. Art and music are cultivated as part of the main curriculum, beginning in the Early Childhood classrooms. Music and plays are performed often and are cherished by all. Students have learned to share their talents with great joy. There is a strong sense of community within the school itself, with many festivities celebrated year after year, building fond memories for both the students participating and the families coming to attend. Through our son's 7 years in attendance, CWS has deeply enriched , not only our son's life, but our entire family! We love CWS!!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
This will be my daughter's second year at CWS, and we couldn't be happier here. I love that she's in a place that protects her childhood while stimulating her mind and her creativity. She'll never be taught to a test or given mindless busy work here - at CWS they teach our children to think critically, to ask questions, to approach subjects from every angle, and grow into complete individuals. They have art and music every day; they spend time outside in every class (Pre-K through 8) every day; they study language and history and science and math in tremendous detail, but they also tackle woodworking and handwork and gardening. Our faculty follow their students through the grades learning all there is to know about their students and the best ways to reach each and every one of them. They are the best trained and mentored faculty I've ever seen. We feel very lucky that we are able to have our daughter at this amazing institution. I wish more people knew about our little school in the woods across from Penn Park.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
The Charlottesville Waldorf School has provided my 3 sons with an amazing education. Having enrolled my children at the school since pre-school, and now having my oldest in middle school, has exposed me to many different teachers, subjects, and other parents. I love the way that the curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the child as he develops each year, I am truly impressed by the way that each of my children are engaged in his studies and work, and I love this community here, which has really become like an extended family. CWS has nourished by sons to become voracious readers and thinkers who engage eagerly - and with intellectual curiosity - in the world around them. It has also taught them important social skills, developed their imaginations and creative forces, honed their musical abilities, and really taught them the foundations of history, writing skills, mathematics, and science (even physics and electronics!)

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2012
Charlottesville Waldorf School is the best school in Charlottesville. I have several kids that span several grades, and the teachers are fabulous and dedicated and really know and love my children, the campus is beautiful and serene, and each child gets the individual attention that they need to learn successfully. The curriculum is so rich with hands on learning, engagement with the imagination and critical thinking, I love it!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2012
My son just started 1st grade at CWS, and every day I'm amazed at the wholeness of his experience, and the way he is learning to see the world. The dedication and expertise of the teachers also sets this school apart. This method, in my opinion, is the future of education, and it gives children the skills the future job market needs - critical thinking skills, flexibility, collaboration skills, performance arts, and an appreciation of beauty.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
I just came home from a class meeting at CWS and am totally in awe of how much our teachers care and know the children and...how much they have completed in the first couple of weeks at school! How inspiring. How I wish school looked like this when I was a kid. We are so lucky to have such an amazing school nearby. My children are so engaged with their classes and love their teachers. Thank you, CWS!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2012
Funny how most of the reviews here are about Waldorf philosophy and not the actual school at Charlottesville. We had a horrible experience at this school. First off, don't let them fool you into thinking this school is exclusive in any way. They will take anyone that will write a check. That said we were subjected to kids with behaviorial issues, impluse control, constant disruptions and outbursts and virtually no disipline. My child learned many negative behaviors and minimal positives. We chose to attend a school in the future where this type of behavior is not tolerated. I expected way more for the price and was totally disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 29, 2010
An incredible holistic education for my children!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
The Charlottesville Waldorf School holds children in the highest regard by respecting their developmental stages in a comprehensive curriculum the weaves art, history, language, physical education, and more into their life experience. You also will not find more dedicated teachers than those at CWS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2010
We have had our children in this school for 13 years. This school is truly the only place where learning occurs from the inside out. Information is not just thrown at the students. Children learn by doing, thinking and living what they study. The teachers are the most dedicated and caring individuals who truly do see each student as an individual. This school has functioned on very low budgets for too long and deserve the opportunity to grow and provide the best possible environment for waldorf education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 08, 2010
I am delighted that my grandchildren are in a learning environment which emphasizes emotional development and teaches them to explore their own creative potential. I believe the children benefit from the warm inviting classrooms, as well as the beautiful grounds. The teachers are impressive with their obvious commitment to learning and caring for the students.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 07, 2010
Each child is given the opportunity to grow and develop into the person s/he is meant to be and learns how to be a part of the world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2010
It has the best educational environment available anywhere. The community that surrounds, supports and enlivens CWS is truely unsurpassed in it's dedication to nurturing the whole child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2010
In depth education.....not in a hurry to teach

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2010
a wonderful alternative, one that respects and nurtures each child as they grow.

- submitted by a teacher
November 06, 2010
The Waldorf curriculum has a strong emphasis on active, hands-on learning. As the children create handwork pieces, complete science projects, develop written (and artistic) reports, play in the orchestra, paint,sing and play outside, they gain confidence in themselves and appreciation for their classmates.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 05, 2010
They allow the kids be kids....and EC advocate learning through PLAY.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2010
We love the whole body learning experience!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2010
Because it respects the whole development of the child

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
CWS is a unique and beautiful community of playful learners. The school's curriculum is rigorous and relevant to the holistic development of each child, engaging the whole human being in the dynamic process of exploring the world as well as the individual - a process of discovery which entails a lot of physical movement. Teachers are passionately committed to helping students develop self-confidence and a strong sense of responsibility so that students will grow to find their place as creative, capable, free-willed adults in society. Additionally, the school community is environmentally conscious, incorporating recycling and composting into classroom chores and emphasizing "green living" as important to being good stewards of the earth. On Nov. 12th the school will hold a dedication ceremony to officially open its new performance pavilion and library arts building - "the first passive house school building in America and the latest addition to its Greenest School Campus in America."

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
Great curriculum, teachers, and community. Innovative ecological designs in new buildings.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2010
Comprehensive and holistic approach to educating the whole child. My children love to learn as a result of this developmentally based system of education. Both of my sons transitioned after graduating to non-Waldorf high schools (public and private) and went on to complete their undergraduate college degrees at top ranked universities (Ivy League).

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2010
Waldorf Education is based on Rudolf Steiner's ideas on child development which put emphasis on emotional development during the second 7-year stage of development. At this stage learning is best achieved through the use of story telling, music/rhythmn making, memorization of poems and dance. The traditional "headwork" of analysis and calculation are postponed until the third 7-year stage.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2010
it is a wonderfully humane school that continues to place great value on music, art, storytelling in addition to traditional school subjects. Gratefully, the school does not teach to any tests; it teaches students to be better human beings!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
Nurturing environment. Attention to the well being of the whole student: Body mind and spirit. Allows the child to have an imagination and explore the world in their own way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
The curriculum is rich and classical, independent of instructional fads; it is developmentally appropriate--cognitively, socially, emotionally. Academic work is integrated with physical activities, the arts, handwork, and service. The teachers are dedicated. Along with their hard work, they keep the tone warm and light. The new LEED-certified buildings are a testament to the dedication of the local Waldorf community to beauty, practically, and reverence for nature.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
Waldorf nurtures a child's appreciation of knowledge - both intellectual, physical, spiritual, social, as well as a child's appreciation of experience. It is a beautiful education which preserves the essence of childhood and healthy exploration of the natural environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
A wonderful community and a great school! Building the greenest school in America (really!) on a new campus in town.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
I would not be nearly the person if it were not for this beautiful place

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 19, 2010
This school is great because it gives children the resources to be well-rounded individual.

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2010
Because it is such a gentle and caring environment.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 18, 2010
Charlottesville Waldorf School is a school with a very big heart. We do our utmost to bring a well-balanced, meaningful education to the children, to nurture them as they grow and develop, and to help provide an enriching community experience to parents. Our school is in its 26th year and is one of over 1000 Waldorf schools and preschools around the world. Waldorf is an education for the future, designed to foster health, creativity and compassion in the children so that they can meet the challenges ahead. The emphasis is on enabling each child to discover and achieve his best through collaboration, not competition. The subjects taught are imbued with life and relevance, with the arts interwoven throughout all areas. Every child learns to knit, to read, to play violin, to solve algebraic equations, to throw a javelin, and so much more! It becomes clear that they are all gifted in some way or other. Each and every one!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 18, 2010
Quality education Nursery through 8th Grade.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
I like the Waldorf philosophy and the dedication of the teachers..

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
The Charlottesville Waldorf School does an amazing job at letting kids be who they are while opening their horizons through a unique approach that integrates the mind and body.

- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2010
My son has been at the Waldorf school for a year now. He has been blossoming ever since he has been there. The curriculum and the way it is taught is inspiring, challenging and fun. I do not know how his teacher manages to do it. I have not met a teacher with as much dedication before ( and my son is in middle school and I have a child in high school as well). The srudents are treated very respectfully by the teacher and it is expected that the students treat each other with respect as well. The children at CWS are courteous and kind to children of various ages. It is always a pleasure to come to the school. My experience has been that the teachers truly care about every individual child and help them to achieve their potential through close interaction, supervision and exciting lessons. I wish I had had a school experience like it.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2010
It is a school that stands on its principles to educated its students by being a leading example as a green school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2010
Teachers and parents that really care about kids, small class size, cooperation rather than competition between kids, emphasis on arts

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2010
My daughter has thrived in the CWS environment. The curriculum includes language, arts, hand-work, and music, along with the typical subjects that are taught. This has provided a balanced learning experience. The parent involvement has also been outstanding, as all the parents in my child's class know each other and communicate regularly.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
A small school with a huge heart. Amazing, gifted, dedicated teachers who strive to regard and care for each child as an individual. The curriculum is designed to address all of the needs of the developing child, not just the intellect. Children at our school become well-rounded, resourceful, balanced, strong, productive, caring citizens, something we desperately need in this day and age.

- submitted by a teacher
February 13, 2009
The Charlottesville Waldorf School takes a head, hands and hearts approach to learning. The child learns in a creative environment that nurtures and celebrates the whole child, intellectually, socially and developmentally. There is a strong commitment to inserting nature and the arts in daily lessons. My child is thriving in the CWS environment and loves to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 12, 2009
The Charlottesville Waldorf School is cultivating in my children a sense of wonder. As Socrates said, 'Wisdom beings in wonder.' The children at this school have a passion for learning and an eagerness to innovate; they are honored for who they are and at the same time challenged to be balanced individuals who recognize their contribution and value to the group. There is a sacredness about its curriculum without being sectarian; there is a reverence for learning I haven't seen anywhere else. I am confident that my children will be prepared for the future because of their experience at CWS. Marie Hulme Adam

- submitted by a parent
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Charlottesville Waldorf School
120 Waldorf School Road, Charlottesville, VA  22901
(434) 973-4946
Last modified Charlottesville Waldorf School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Charlottesville Waldorf School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top