Waldorf is a beautiful small school. The class sizes are small and the children get a lot of individual attention - they are seen and heard and feel appreciated. When conflicts occur, they are discussed in a promptly manner in a non-shaming way. They are seen as opportunities for learning and developing. The children know and understand each other deeply. And there are so many opportunities for them to build relationships and share common experiences outside of the classroom through PINE trips, farm trips, etc. All of these experiences help build the emotional connection required for a solid community.
There are numerous opportunities for students of different grades to work and play together. Our daughter has a grade 8 buddy, her class often joins the grade 2 class for class excursions and all the children come together for weekly school assemblies. We love that all the kids in the school really look out for each other – it adds to the sense of the school being a safe and welcoming place for all.