What else do I need to know about what makes this school unique?

 One thing that is different in most Waldorf schools is that the children keep the same “main lesson” teacher, typically for grades one through eight. I am fine with this, as it will simplify things to have that continuity and not have to start over each year with a new teacher. They also have subject teachers for specialized lessons, including eurhythmy (see above), music, and foreign languages. In the upper grades there may be special teachers for math & science. Waldorf schools may differ from each other in what special subjects are taught, and which subjects employ subject teachers. 

There are typically no textbooks for the first five grades. Instead, each child has a workbook that she fills in with what she learns. This is very creative, and it is training for being competent individuals, not just people who can check the right answer on a multiple choice test. Starting in sixth grade, there are textbooks along with the workbooks. 

Waldorf schools celebrate various festivals throughout the year, which can vary from one school to the next. Our school celebrates with a Harvest Festival, a Halloween Journey, Advent, and a May Faire, plus many other festivities along the way. Festivals are community-building and they give the children special events to mark the passage of the seasons of the year.

Waldorf teachers really strive to create a consistency and rhythm in the classroom. For this reason, most Waldorf classrooms limit parental visits to a greater extent than most other schools do. Whenever an extra person is in the room, the dynamics of any classroom will change, and students can be confused about whom to pay attention to. So students in Waldorf classrooms benefit from the greater consistency than they might otherwise have. At the same time, Waldorf teachers also recognize the value of parents’ connection with the classroom, and there are certain times when parents are invited to come and visit or help with a class project. Groups of parents can tour the classes on “open house” days. In addition, my own experience with Waldorf teachers is that they make themselves very available to parents, including “parent night” meetings, where they explain various aspects of their methodology and give examples of how material is presented. This also gives me a connection with the classroom, because I have a greater understanding of what the teacher is striving for and how he is going about it.