I am a community member who has seen several sides of the school as an employee, parent, and neighbor. I would love to give an honest opinion (although less than 1200), and in general I feel that Tamarack is an above average school that can offer an amazing education to many students. That being said it has many flaws as well, and is not the right place for everyone; it is easy to fall through the (academic) cracks. Upon reading many of the reviews, I feel that most of the 5 stars were written in the honeymoon period, which can last quite a while. If you visit Tamarack at a community event or open-house, you will be flooded with lively sights, sounds and smells that are a comforting display that your children will be in good hands. This is not an out of the ordinary experience as most days are filled with these lively sights, sounds and smells, and the teachers are caring. I may include more thoughts about parents, students and faculty in other posts.
Tamarack Waldorf School provides an alternative, thoughtful and personal approach to education. The teachers are thoughtful and compassionate. The classrooms are calming and welcoming. It is a school where children engage their imagination, encouraged to reach beyond their expectations and to define success by the progress they make, and develop sense of self inside the classroom. I highly recommend this school.
Now that Tamarack has opened a 9th grade, everything has changed! The school has two campuses, they were on the cover of the Journal, and they seem to be the talk of the twon. I ran into someone in Wauwatosa talking about them, then somebody on the south side. There are so many people excited to see what will become of this school as it grows. I have the feel that lots of new people are finding them, and that alot of positivity is out there about them. Good luck to you, Tamarack Waldorf School! You seem to be doing a great thing for Milwaukee's teenagers! We all want them to succceed. Kudos to you for such good work.
Our children have attend Tamarack Waldorf School since K3. We were drawn to Tamarack by their deep reverence for each individual child. We lives their nurturing environment. We stayed at Tamarack, because the school has always lived up to our first impressions. As the children have grown, they are successfully and happily thriving both academically and socially. We feel that we are part of a wonderful community at Tamarack.
I am a community member that lives two blocks from the school. While I do not have a child that attends the school, it is a great school to have located in my neighborhood. Tamarack fosters friendships and helps keep our community together in and out of the classroom. Teachers take students on walks throughout the neighborhood, having the opportunity to connect with neighbors, including myself. I think it s wonderful that students have the opportunity to grow up with a sense of community. I also find Waldorf education a great method for teaching children, particularly the school s high belief in cultivating a lifelong love of learning in all children. If I had a child, I would definitely send him or her here.
My son started at Tamarack 5 years ago in K-3. Although it did take some getting used to, we have grown to love the curriculum and the teaching philosophy that exists in a Waldorf school. My son is thriving in such a low-stress, low-anxiety environment. Over the past few years, great strides have been made to improve communication with parents which has been greatly appreciated. It is, overall, a great school and we plan to send our younger children there as well.
An urban school with a homey feel: Tamarack provides a warm and loving environment for my three children and, at the same time, an open and supportive community for our whole family. It is a beautiful school full of substance. You get the sense that the children who receive this education are made different by it: when I see the children at Tamarack, I witness self-confidence and a real interest in others, and the world. I imagine this would not be possible without some pretty amazing teachers, a strength of character in the school as a whole, and great leadership. Kudos! And thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making my children's educational lives so very lively, and full of meaning and purpose -- and love.
Tamarack is a unique, diverse, urban Waldorf school that has provided both my 9 year old daughter and my 8 year old son with exceptional educational experiences. The faculty at Tamarack are well-trained, experienced educators who whole-heartedly embrace the philosophical foundations of Waldorf education. The curriculum, the spirit of the school, and the emphasis on social interaction as a means of personal growth are the three main reasons we chose Tamarack in the first place. And they are the reasons we continue to love and invest in our school.
I have 2 children attending Tamarack Waldorf and I could not be happier with the staff, administration and school community. I have been especially grateful for the shifting in "keeping children young" and away from the fast paced life that threatens to overtake us. I am very comfortable with the approach to academics, inclusion of nature and school celebrations. I could not be more thrilled with natural objects, supplies, and handiwork and the absence of advanced technology in the k3-8 grades. There is plenty of time and exposure for technology and my children are thriving in this enviroment. They are both happy to go to school each day and happy to return for school events. We as a family are fortunate to have a Waldorf school so close.
My child has attended Tamarack since K4. We didn't know much about Waldorf education in advance of enrollement, and primarily chose Tamarack because it was a neighborhood school that seemed to reflect our values. The diverse community reflects the world that we want our child to experience as normal. Our child tends towards the dreamy and artistic side of her nature, and we appreciate the fact that this is nurtured by the school community. The Waldorf model does require a commitment by the family, and the relationship to the classroom teacher is central to that - of the parent(s) and of the child. So perhaps that is not always for everyone. But if trust can established and communications are open on both sides, it is a great option for families to consider for their children in the greater Milwaukee area.