I am absolutely confident that our daughter will be well prepared for her school years beyond Waldorf when the time comes. Waldorf tries to meet the child where they're at and build from there. It's a very nurturing approach to learning. The math program is very progressive and goes deeply into the subject matters before moving on vs. a typical approach of seeing a broad range of math topics with no depth or broader context. And the math program is meant to go hand in hand with a child's development and concepts that are emerging in a particular year. They inspire a love of reading by enchanting children with beautiful stories during main lessons in the morning. Each grade has a special theme. It ignites their passion for stories and the imagination. And the academics are well balanced with children's needs to play, move and recharge in nature.
The Waldorf/Steiner educational philosophy focuses on building inner capacities and nurturing curiosity and creativity, which is so important in the modern world. The academics approach is centred on the value of enquiry. Subjects such as mathematics, French and language arts are taught in an accessible way; emphasis is placed on ensuring children remain engaged and connected with the material they are learning. Our daughter has really thrived with this approach – she loves going to school every day and then coming home to share what she has learned!