After visiting Montessori and Waldorf, we enrolled our son. We now have our 3, 5 and 7 year olds attending and it was the best decision we ever made! The kids love going to school! They heard French lullabies in preschool and now in the grades my son is learning Russian and Spanish. The children learn in a fun way and actually grasp the concepts and develop a love to learn. My son also has sensory issues, and the staff have always been very helpful and really look for the greatest good for each individual child. Not only is the curriculum excellent, but some of the outdoor play included bicycle lessons, safety and a field trip to see the Worlds in our own backyard, not to mention walks to Maymont, "work" at the Botanical Gardens and other community service. After three years, I cannot wait to see my children doing what I see the older kids doing! And the alumni seem to be doing well in top schools, a product of a Waldorf education! Thanks to all the teachers and staff! We love you, and so do our children!
Waldorf Education does not follow the same exact testing standards seen in conventional education. Waldorf is based on natural stages of human development – what's appropriate for the child and when. Yes, a 5-year-old child can sit at a desk and learn to read, but is this really benefiting them? Shouldn't their focus be on movement, play, teamwork, coordination, a moral compass, curiosity? This school focuses on the individual, not what a government test deems worthy. A parent may choose to leave if their child is not meeting conventional test standards at the exact time the test says they should – this choice is completely up to the parent. This choice does not make Waldorf Education wrong or bad, it is simply a different path. I want more for my daughter, I want her to be resilient, curious, and capable of tackling anything she dreams to do – carve her own path, not follow in line with the pack. I feel this is what RWS aims to achieve. My daughter, in her 3rd year here, is thriving.
I am thankful every single day that my kids have an opportunity to go to RWS. I have two very different boys and the curriculum suits them both. I visited almost every private school in Richmond and knew I wanted my children to attend RWS. It is truly a blessing. My boys are taught respect and the joys of hard work. Besides main lesson the children have strings, music, art, languages, cooking, biking and much more. We have seen the benefits of a Waldorf education and can't wait to see how our children develop through this special school.
My daughter attended PACC for 4 years and was well prepared for kindergarten when she began this past fall. She exceeds her teacher's expectations. My son has now just started and loves going! PACC is great at offering fun activities that teach!
The curriculum is stimulating, engaging, and challenging. My daughter has blossomed st the school. The teachers and administration are hard working and capable.
Binford Is A Greaf Skool .! I Love it for my kids they have fun