Richmond Waldorf School
Phone: (804) 377-8027
Primary Phone: (804) 377-8026
Fax Number: (804) 377-8027
Waldorf Schl Richmond
Richmond Waldorf School K-8
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.
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.
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!
07/03/2011Provided by Citysearch -
As a parent with a child that was in grade 2 and 3 at Richmond Waldorf, I can tell you this school constantly looses students once the parents realize their children are not receiving an education that will allow them to successfully matriculate to other schools. My child came in to RWS after attending kindergarten and first grade at a nationally recognized Virginia school district. She was on target for math and above grade in reading. After a year and a half, her math and reading skills declined. She didn't learn anything of real substance in history or science.
Waldorf is based on unproven ideas of a man Ruldof Steiner, who didn't have children or an education in either early childhood education or child psychology. Steiner's decision to teach reading in second grade is based on children loosing baby teeth, not any concrete studies on child reading readiness.
Student evaluations is like reading an astrological chart, with statements like ""not fully reincarnated in body"", instead of useful evaluations on academic progress. You, as the parent, will never be told by RWS whether your child is doing well academically or not. There is no quantitative evaluation, no recording of grades.
The children do not have modern school aids (handouts, workbooks, worksheets). Instead, the students copy black boards full of teacher written narratives and a drawing that the students must copy. This comprises of the ""main lesson"", which is usually a myth or from the bible, rather than real history or real science.
There are better private schools here in Richmond that have real certified teachers that will teach your child to read, write and a solid foundation and mastery of math.
Please do not send your child to this school.
10/19/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Waldorf education is indeed an educational alternative with an 80 plus year proven track record. Richmond Waldorf School is accredited by the Association of Waldorf School of North America and all of our teachers hold higher education degrees and are Waldorf certified or in process of certification - up to and including Master's degrees in Waldorf education. Waldorf schools do not use textbooks but rather lessons are taught by the teachers and students record their lessons in a Main Lesson Book that they create. This is a deeply embedded element of the Waldorf philosophy - that children learn best by doing. Waldorf education has served students well all over the world for more than 80 years. Our students here at RWS have tranferred out into public schools as well as some highly competitive private schools where they have been well received by their new schools and peers.
It is true that RWS does not have the resources for many types of learning disabilities, however many students who don't fit into the traditional school environment thrive in Waldorf schools.