This school has been perfect for our three children--an absolute treasure nestled in the city. We have waiting lists for every class for a very good reason!!
Very upsetting experience, minimal supervision at recess, violence is tolerated and the needs of bullying children seem to take priority. Though good things are present, ineptitude and disorganization lead to a "Lord of the Flies" type atmosphere. Very expensive and dissapointing experience.
After my eagerness to enroll my child in Tamarack for K4, I was very displeased with how things turned out. Supposedly my child had a temper tantrum problem, however the K4 teacher waited a month before telling me anything about the problem, even though she said it existed from the beginning. By that point it was completely out of her control but she expected me, as a full-time working parent to commit to an on-call schedule and pick my child up whenever they called and said she'd gotten to be too much. Additionally, she placed labels on my child like "special-needs" and stated that she made "cerebal-palsy like movements" and was just completely out of control. I am 100% for working with teachers to do what is best for our children, but not ok with a teacher who is quick to label a child before she has even attempted to work with the parents. And that doesn't mean waiting a month before trying to do so. I am sure Tamarack is an excellent school for grades 1-8, and wish we could have continued, but our start was less than positive.
Tamarack uses the Waldorf method which is a holistic education that allows the child to learn everything they want in a natural way
The academics are progressive throughout the grades building on knowledge from previous grades. This creates a more complete understanding of the subjects. Creativity and imagination are encouraged and bolstered at all times. Music starts from K with singing songs, progressing to learning flute in 1st grade, recorder in 4th grade, violin in 5th and 6th grades, to choosing your own instrument for 7th and 8th grades. Multiple handwork classes each week teach hand/eye coordination, imagination, and vision for the outcome of a project. the parents are very involved in the school which supports community within the school.
Overall quality is excellent. Waldorf Schools are unique in their HOLISTIC approach to academics, which tends to result in children who really LOVE to learn, and pursue learning. They don't just test well, they really LEARN! From experience with my 22 yr. old, admissions offices in the best colleges seem to LOVE students from Waldorf Schools. The arts are very strong and integrated into academics. Organized sports/extracurriculars are one area where there isn't as much available as some other schools. However, DAILY outdoor physical activity exceeds that of other schools. Parent involvement tends to be VERY good, and there are lots of 'community' events and activities for families. The environment in the school is like nothing I've seen in any other type of school. Nurturing, home-like. It's wonderful. MUST BE SEEN! I now have a 5 yr. old at Tamarack. I wouldn't send a child to anything but a Waldorf School.
I have been a parent at Tamarack for 5 years and now have 3 children in the school. I am so happy they are in this school. It has given them the greatest sense of who they are where they fit into the world. The education they are receiving has entered every part of their being. Music and song, rythym and spirt all add to the beauty of this education. The children are filled with color and imagination, reverence and respect which is so missing in most educational choices today. I wouldnt send my children any where else.
We never tire singing the praises of Tamarack Community School. Our girls pursue their other interests after school with joy. We are a family sharing a meal and stories, not fusing over paperwork. Our girls are bright and full of passion because Tamarack allows a consistence (and probably more disciplined) kind and mindful approach to creating the love of learning. I'm proud of all the children the go to Tamarack, and the parents too. (It's a lot of work) The school is growing for a reason, 'cause it rocks!
Never have the Kids been happier & the teachers have a great way of reaching every child.
Tamarack has given my daughter the chance to develop her interests, creativity and personality in a nurturing setting. It is truly the gift of time, away from pressure to grow up too fast or conform to someone else's idea of what she should be at this age (ten). She had attended a public school, but became very stressed, and mid-way through first grade, she started at Tamarack. She's been much happier and enthusiastic about learning since then!
Waldorf education in the city of Milwaukee is a real gift. Contemporary, dynamic, evolving, this educational approach meets the needs of our children in these times better than anything else I've seen.
My son has been at Tamarack for the past five years. I've loved most how he continues to garner a strong sense of himself and his important role in our community. As a single parent, I finally I have teachers, staff members and a community who are on my team -- Commited to bringing out the best of who my son authtically is.
I have two children at Tamarack, thanks to the Parental Choice Program. This is an outstanding school where the teachers love and respect each child and treat them accordingly. The school environment is calm, peaceful and beautiful. Children realize their full potential here, as whole human beings.
My son has been at Tamarack for the past three years and I would not have him anywhere else in Milwaukee. The teachers and faculty are so loving and caring and stress the importance of community, working together to problem solve, and the natural development of each child. The school body is diverse both ethnically and socioeconomically due to Milwaukee's Parental Choice Program, which allows more children to have access to a Waldorf education. The emphasis on art, handwork, music, and peaceful conflict resolution makes Tamarack so special.
I have two children attending this school on the Milwaukee's East side. I finally happy knowing that both my kids want to get up every morring and go to school.
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