Waldorf Answers

I have written answers to the questions on my list, as related to Waldorf schools, and to my Waldorf school in particular. If you are considering a Waldorf school in Boulder, I hope these answers will help you choose the Boulder private school that fits you the best. In formulating these answers, I have consulted with people more authoritative than I am. I have also opened a comment period for other Waldorf parents, as well as teachers and administrators, to put in their experiences and wisdom. At the same time, I always encourage people to do their own research and seek information beyond what is included at any one source.

Also, please keep in mind that the world is constantly changing, and Waldorf schools with it. I will make an effort to keep the information updated. However, this information is not intended as a replacement for interviewing the Waldorf school you are considering.

By the way, you may be interested in knowing that Shepherd Valley Waldorf School, a private school in Boulder, is now accepting applications. Their program includes pre-K, kindergarten, and 1st through 8th grade. If you are not locked in to something else, and if you think Waldorf is a good fit for you, it could be a great opportunity.

Here are the 10 commonly asked questions, with links to Waldorf answers:

1. What does this school do to create a safe learning environment?
2. What is the basic philosophy/theology of the school?
3. What degrees or certifications are held by the teaching staff?
4. What is the ratio of teaching staff to students?
5. What is the typical schedule for a school day (lunch, snack recess, begin and end, after school sessions, etc.)?
6. What opportunities are there for parental involvement?
7. How does this school meet the needs of individuals, who may have different learning styles?
8. How does this school embrace diversity?
9. How long has this school been in operation?
10. What is the tuition, how is it payed, and are there scholarships?

Here are the 12 more in-depth questions that many parents overlook, with links to Waldorf answers:

1. Does your school focus on academics only, or do children get a well-rounded education that includes the arts, physical education and foreign languages?
2. How do your graduates perform in college and in the world? Do your graduates have a life-long love of learning?
3. How satisfied are the graduates of this school with the education they received here?
4. What kind of discipline does this school practice? Does the school have a student conduct policy?
5. How do you assess how well students are learning?
6. Does this school’s teaching approach fit with the natural developmental stages of a child?
7. What is this school’s approach to spirituality?
8. What does this school ask of parents?
9. What about social and emotional development?
10. What kind of play do you offer to young children?
11. Does your school focus on rote learning, or developing cognitive abilities?
12. What else do I need to know that makes this school unique?

More information that is specific to various levels of schooling:

Some highly recommended resources for further information about Waldorf:

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