Originally Posted by GreenRose
We are moving to CH area and would love to put our daughter in the Waldorf school... But if for financial reasons we end up at a public school (which I hear are fantastic) can anyone recommend or discuss the elementary schools that may be doing some more green/outdoor programming etc.? There's a lot of that going on in our area, so I was hoping it was the same down there. I can look at test results and ratings all day, but I'd to hear from parents about their experiences before we decide what neighborhoods to focus on. Are the schools in the Waldorf school neighborhood any good??
We're new to the Chapel Hill Carrboro Public Schools this year, but not new to the area. Our kids were in a "green" crunchy private school (not Waldorf) prior to this year just because our older dd has some anxiety issues and we felt like a smaller environment would be better for her.
I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "green/outdoor" programming and I'm not sure how old your daughter is. Our dd1 is in 5th grade this year and while the public school does not offer as much outdoor time as the private school did they do have a garden and have incubated eggs and have chickens at school, so I was pleasantly surprised with that. They have recess outside unless it's raining or severe weather. My 2nd grader was telling me they planted seeds (in the classroom, I think)—kale and broccoli.
They are building a new elementary school to open in 2013, so the districts will change soon. I know at least one of the other ones our neighborhood used to be districted for has a nice garden, too. Our neighborhood is equidistant between 3 elementary schools so we float between them and we'll be very close to the new school, too. The current district maps are at: http://www2.chccs.k12.nc.us/education/components/docmgr/default.php?sectiondetailid=50676 , but that will change. We just got email from the school system about the redistricting and the Dual Language programs. It said redistricting will begin next Sept and more info on recommendations for the Dual Language programs will be forthcoming in March or April. I think they do a pretty good job of keeping the district website up to date so I'd keep an eye on that.
If your child is older there's a nice charter middle/high school northwest of town (in another county) that has an emphasis on the environment and art.
If you have preschool-aged kids there is a nice Forest Kindergarten (& preschool) in the area, too.
There are also other private schools in the area with outdoor education programs.
Edited by beanma - 2/25/12 at 10:10am