The uniqueness of Waldorf is that the teachers are truly empowered to lead their class. We have a fabulous teacher who fosters a wonderful community amongst the parents. We are all there as a community to support our children. Issues are addressed openly and in a balanced way. In following the Steiner philosophy, the teaching and administrative staff are guided by the natural development of children. It is truly fascinating that Steiner's principles have stood the test of time and are more relevant now that ever before. The school promotes creativity, kindness, emotional connections to peers, community, nature, and the broader community, and, the art of conversation. This is truly a very special community.
Waldorf Academy has a very dedicated leadership and administrative team. The school applies a unique shared model of leadership and decision-making that puts the students’ needs and wellbeing at the centre of everything.
The administration knows every child in the school - not just by name, but they can tell you details about them. What they are strong in, what they need to learn, what their parent's names are. It's a true community at this school and that's true of everyone who works there - from the school leadership to the teachers to the parents. The administration is a key part of the experience for the children as they support the faculty to continue their own learning journey, plan festivals and events that reinforce the education and make many efforts to reinforce a sense of community. Many of the members of the administration have also had their kids go through the school.
My first contact when I have any questions or problems is always my kids' class teachers. Over the years, I have found them to respond to my questions and problems promptly, and in a satisfying way. The teachers and I have a collaborative relationship in my children's education, where we respect and understand one another. I have also generally found the specialist teachers to be very attentive, responsive, and understanding. As a class rep for many years, I have seen first hand how much communication, effort, and intention goes into fostering a positive, supportive school community at Waldorf Academy. Miscommunication inevitably happens at times, but they always strive to resolve and improve. Speaking to school leadership, recently, the school recognized that the governance structure was not meeting our needs, and a governance review began. I think a change was needed in this area, and I am happy with the changes that have taken place to date. I think reviewing strengths and weaknesses, and making changes when needed are hallmarks of any healthy organization.
The school administration is very responsive and easy to access. They are often found outside at drop off and pick up greeting parents and children. They are open to questions, comments, and concerns. They are on the front lines and not just behind closed doors. My son is very comfortable approaching them to ask questions or raise a concern. They communicate with monthly newsletters, email updates, and personal emails, phone calls, or meetings. Twice a year school report cards and parent-teacher interviews are held and can be very in-depth with a lot of personal comments and feedback. Discipline is handled fairly and on an individual basis. They have clear rules and guidelines that the children are aware of.