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.
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!
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!!!!
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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!)
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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