Richmond Waldorf School

★★★★★
  • 1000 Westover Hills Blvd

    Richmond, VA 23225

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  • 804-377-8024

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Richmond Waldorf School was our choice for middle school for our daughter. She began there as a 5th grader and will be in 8th grade this year. The curriculum is crafted in a way that couples academics, experience and inspiration for learning. A unit on Botany had her drawing plants left and right, the Astronomy unit meant a careful watch on the night sky as well as a 5 minute memorized oral and written report. Small class sizes allow teachers to challenge students in an individual way. The community within the school is a strong one and I have often appreciated her having a middle school experience that included seeing and interacting with students who are much younger. It removes the isolation that is sometimes present in a typical middle school experience. The teachers create a community of learning that also leaves space for self-expression and discovery. I have watched my daughter grow in her sense of self and desire to learn at a time when many parents see the opposite happening. The richness of experiences and the support of the staff at Richmond Waldorf school make this an ideal place for an extremely positive middle school experience.

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Richmond Waldorf School was our choice for middle school for our daughter. She began there as a 5th grader and will be in 8th grade this year. The curriculum is crafted in a way that couples academics, experience and inspiration for learning. A unit on Botany had her drawing plants left and right, the Astronomy unit meant a careful watch on the night sky as well as a 5 minute memorized oral and written report. Small class sizes allow teachers to challenge students in an individual way. The community within the school is a strong one and I have often appreciated her having a middle school experience that included seeing and interacting with students who are much younger. It removes the isolation that is sometimes present in a typical middle school experience. The teachers create a community of learning that also leaves space for self-expression and discovery. I have watched my daughter grow in her sense of self and desire to learn at a time when many parents see the opposite happening. The richness of experiences and the support of the staff at Richmond Waldorf school make this an ideal place for an extremely positive middle school experience.

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I am a teacher at Richmond Waldorf School and it's a great place to work. The best part about the school is the children. They are attentive, responsive, enthusiastic, appreciative and fun-loving. As a community of parents and teachers, we certainly have our challenges, but that's what keeps us growing and keeps us real. If you want a truly meaningful education for your child, check out Richmond Waldorf School!

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I am a teacher at Richmond Waldorf School and it's a great place to work. The best part about the school is the children. They are attentive, responsive, enthusiastic, appreciative and fun-loving. As a community of parents and teachers, we certainly have our challenges, but that's what keeps us growing and keeps us real. If you want a truly meaningful education for your child, check out Richmond Waldorf School!

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My husband and I are both college professors, who not only value our daughter's education, but who study changing pedagogical philosophies and practices to stay current in our profession. We know, both through our own classroom experience

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My husband and I are both college professors, who not only value our daughter's education, but who study changing pedagogical philosophies and practices to stay current in our profession. We know, both through our own classroom experience

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My son attended RWS from preschool through 8th grade. Today he is a very successful student at a Governor's School. He graduated with everything he needed academically, socially, and emotionally to perform well in a traditional school

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My son attended RWS from preschool through 8th grade. Today he is a very successful student at a Governor's School. He graduated with everything he needed academically, socially, and emotionally to perform well in a traditional school

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My oldest son is completing his 8th grade year at RWS having been a student there since he was 4 years old. He has grown into a deep thinker, a prolific reader, he has an inexhaustible interest in science, history and politics and just aced a practice Algebra I SOL. In addition, he has developed skills in the performing and visual arts. Not the most social kid by nature, his Waldorf experience has helped him develop real and lasting connections with classmates and teachers. I am very proud to say that he will be attending a Governor's school for high school next fall. I would say that Waldorf has prepared my son not just for high school, but for life.

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My oldest son is completing his 8th grade year at RWS having been a student there since he was 4 years old. He has grown into a deep thinker, a prolific reader, he has an inexhaustible interest in science, history and politics and just aced a practice Algebra I SOL. In addition, he has developed skills in the performing and visual arts. Not the most social kid by nature, his Waldorf experience has helped him develop real and lasting connections with classmates and teachers. I am very proud to say that he will be attending a Governor's school for high school next fall. I would say that Waldorf has prepared my son not just for high school, but for life.

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There are a lot of different approaches to educating children. Not all are right for every child or family. Some of these educational approaches flat out don't work for any child. The Richmond Waldorf School (RWS) approach does work and it works for a broad and diverse population. This approach is to educate the whole child - trust that this definitely includes a strong academic element, but also includes an equally strong spiritual and human element. RWS also strives to build and maintain a positive and active community of parents, teachers, and staff all working together to provide our children with the best and most fulfilling experience possible. Education must always begin at home; and when this is the case, it is sure to be successful.

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There are a lot of different approaches to educating children. Not all are right for every child or family. Some of these educational approaches flat out don't work for any child. The Richmond Waldorf School (RWS) approach does work and it works for a broad and diverse population. This approach is to educate the whole child - trust that this definitely includes a strong academic element, but also includes an equally strong spiritual and human element. RWS also strives to build and maintain a positive and active community of parents, teachers, and staff all working together to provide our children with the best and most fulfilling experience possible. Education must always begin at home; and when this is the case, it is sure to be successful.

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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

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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

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If what you value in a school is testing, then Waldorf is definitely not the school for you. That's true. But the rest of this criticism is disturbing both in its erroneous statements and its angry tone. Waldorf graduates are present and successful at public and private high schools across the city. My daughter attends the school and we're thrilled with the education. No, they don't receive text books. They write them...literally, drawing their own images of cell division and geometry proofs. They learn biology by studying living things. They learn history by performing ancient plays. They learn physics by designing and building structures. The idea that this hands-on learning is somehow inferior to memorizing-for-a-test defies all the pedagogical study as well as generations of educational models. My husband and I are college professors who put a premium on our children's education and we are thrilled to see them growing into curious people who love to learn. How grateful we are to live in a community with a Waldorf School.

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If what you value in a school is testing, then Waldorf is definitely not the school for you. That's true. But the rest of this criticism is disturbing both in its erroneous statements and its angry tone. Waldorf graduates are present and successful at public and private high schools across the city. My daughter attends the school and we're thrilled with the education. No, they don't receive text books. They write them...literally, drawing their own images of cell division and geometry proofs. They learn biology by studying living things. They learn history by performing ancient plays. They learn physics by designing and building structures. The idea that this hands-on learning is somehow inferior to memorizing-for-a-test defies all the pedagogical study as well as generations of educational models. My husband and I are college professors who put a premium on our children's education and we are thrilled to see them growing into curious people who love to learn. How grateful we are to live in a community with a Waldorf School.

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My two children attend and they love the school. We moved my daughter from public school to Waldorf when she was in first grade. She is having a much better school experience now. Richmond Waldorf teaches two languages (Spanish and Russian), music instruction (recorder and violin) as well as handwork (knitting and woodwork) all starting in first grade. My children are thriving there and I would highly recommend it to any parent looking for an alternative to our failing public school system.

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My two children attend and they love the school. We moved my daughter from public school to Waldorf when she was in first grade. She is having a much better school experience now. Richmond Waldorf teaches two languages (Spanish and Russian), music instruction (recorder and violin) as well as handwork (knitting and woodwork) all starting in first grade. My children are thriving there and I would highly recommend it to any parent looking for an alternative to our failing public school system.

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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.

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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.

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This school IS NOT an alternative to area public or private schools. RWS doesn't provide textbooks to lower grades, does not test and doesn't equip the child academically to matriculate successfully to another school at the next grade. What usually happens is the child must either be homeschooled for a year or repeat the year. RWS is not accredited, nor is it required by VA state regulations to provide trained, certified teachers. Probably an ok school for preschoolers, though. If your child is learning disabled, there are other schools with teachers trained in special education that will provide your child with a better education.

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This school IS NOT an alternative to area public or private schools. RWS doesn't provide textbooks to lower grades, does not test and doesn't equip the child academically to matriculate successfully to another school at the next grade. What usually happens is the child must either be homeschooled for a year or repeat the year. RWS is not accredited, nor is it required by VA state regulations to provide trained, certified teachers. Probably an ok school for preschoolers, though. If your child is learning disabled, there are other schools with teachers trained in special education that will provide your child with a better education.

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