What we do post Waldorf education

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The following is a first-person account of Waldorf education from a Waldorf alumnus, Shane Alexander. To learn about the difference between Waldorf and Montessori schools, read our comparison guide. You can also read our guide to Waldorf preschools.

Another question that sometimes comes up when parents are looking for a school for their children is: what happens after an education at that school? Do the kids survive in the real world? How does the education effect the students' lives after graduation?


For me, I knew I wanted to be in the broadcasting industry in some way or fashion. I took a year off and then went to broadcasting school in Southfeld, Michigan. I then returned after my schooling to go to Trebas Institute here in Toronto since I got the music bug. I took music business and spearheaded my own concert promotions company for a few years.

Like myself, most Waldorf graduates are somewhere in the arts. We're known for our musical talent.

Class of '98 Graduate, Laura Petracca is part of an all-girl band called Hunter Valentine. Meanwhile, other graduates like Emma Cook and Layah Jane are also inspiring musicians touring and selling their creative product.

Martina Sorbara, who graduated a year after me, is probably the most well known of the Waldorf music crew doing her folk solo thing for years now and part of an electropop group called Dragonette.

Other Waldorf graduates I know have went on to use their creative energy that they picked up at the school to be in graphic design, professional artists, and sculptures. However, not all Waldorfians leave the round school to pursue their art dream. Some have gone on to be in real estate, the computer industry, medicine and business.

Some Waldorifans head worldwide for their life long goals. Some take up backpacking around Europe or other parts of the world and work small jobs just so they can afford a place to stay and some food. It's that Waldorf adventurous sense in them. The school creates that passion of wonder.

Whatever we end up doing, it's not usual. There's always a small Waldorfian reason behind our life goals. Waldorf seems to change us that way. Keeps us wanting that type of amsuement. Wonder. Curiosity. Passion for self accomplishment.

If you can see your child as being a creative genuis, definitely send them to Waldorf. They'll cater to their needs better than most schools. If you don't see that creative spark, you can still send them to Waldorf as they'll most likely pick up something they haven't thought of.

Most importantly, though: They'll come out as a rounded invividual and will be a better person in the workforce because of it.

—Shane Alexander
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Toronto, Ontario
Davenport Rd/Spadina Rd
 
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"Waldorf education is 'schooling with heart'. Students and parents love our smaller class sizes, strong teacher relationships, incredible curriculum, unique opportunities and arts-infused academics!" —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $21,700 to $24,700
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Waldorf Academy 21700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Burlington, Ontario
 
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"Redefining high school education: A micro-school that merges the best of homeschooling and private school. Developing wisdom, wonder and well-being. Classical & experiential, conservative, experiences, nature & God." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; Waldorf
  • $16,000 to $20,000
  • Day school
  • 60 students
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Willowbrook Heights 16000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Thornhill, Ontario
Bathurst St/Rutherford Rd
 
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"Toronto Waldorf School offers a curriculum that integrates academics, arts and movement while addressing the intellectual, physical, emotional and social aspects of child development from preschool to gr. 12." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $18,000 to $24,000
  • Day school
  • 360 students
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Toronto Waldorf School 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Burlington, Ontario
Appleby Line/Upper Middle Road
 
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"Halton Waldorf School offers an education that fosters confidence, independence and intelligence. Located on five forested acres, the school has been uniquely designed to support the goals of Waldorf education. Est 1984" —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $14,360 to $19,360
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Halton Waldorf School 14360 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave. West
 
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"NOW WITH LICENSED DAYCARE! Bring your child for a free trial to let him or her experience the difference. Don't be surprised if he or she doesn't want to go home at the end of the day! SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS AVAILABLE!" —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum; Waldorf
  • $15,500 to $17,500
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Alive Montessori & Private School 15500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
 
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"Calgary Waldorf School’s rich and engaging curriculum carefully balances academic, artistic and practical activities to stimulate intelligence and encourage creativity." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 9 (Coed)
  • Waldorf curriculum
  • $3,890 to $14,850
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Calgary Waldorf School 3890 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
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