The school is a beautiful small school and it feels like a welcoming home. The children are well surrounded and looked after. There are a number of parks around the school that the children go to during the day.
Waldorf Academy is located just south of Casa Loma, a location which is very accessible for families across the City of Toronto. We are able to bike the kids to school on the way to work.
For a school in downtown Toronto, the setting does a fairly good job of seeming serene and in nature. It is quiet in the back playgrounds. And the school takes frequent trips to a nearby ravine, and makes use of the grounds of Casa Loma and Spadina House. The students do venture out frequently with their teachers but do not roam off school grounds unattended.
Waldorf Academy is located very close to the Dupont subway and is easily accessible by car, bike, and transit. The immediate surrounding area is quiet and residential, with a number of parks, and a ravine system nearby. Students regularly visit these natural spaces for outdoor play, and nature walks. Students also take regular trips off campus to participate in outdoor education at the PINE Program at Etienne Brule Park, and the High Park Nature Centre. Most recently, my older son participated in Stop Gap project, where they surveyed businesses on nearby Dupont Avenue to identify businesses in need of accessibility ramps. The kids measured their entryways and will be making and delivering ramps for them. Waldorf Academy definitely cultivates students' awareness of the natural and social environment that surrounds them.
The school is centrally located on a quiet street just south of Casa Loma. It is near the Dupont Subway. Despite being in an urban neighborhood, it is walking distance to a variety of parks and ravines. Nature is a big part of The Waldorf education and The Waldorf Academy uses its location to their advantage. They recess in local parks and use the TTC to go on field trips.