Assuming that we have already decided on Waldorf [which we are 90% certain of, as it just seems an extension of our home life], I have no idea which school we'd choose. I didn't realize they could be so different, so I naively assumed we'd just go to the one closest to us!
How different can they be? I realize that a school is a reflection of the community, so I understand that obviously schools will be different in that regard.. but I mean for the larger issues. I feel like I don't even know what to ask on the tours. What sparked this was reading here how social learning ["discipline"] was handled and the relation with that and karma in Anthroposophy.
We've been going to our local Waldorf school' parent/toddler class where they intervene and give the children the language tools needed to express themselves. "Please stop. I don't like that." "You can have a turn when I'm done." "No thank you, I want to play alone right now." And I love that. But.. does that stop at a certain age, or in the "no disciple" schools, did it never take place at all?
Also, I am not at all versed in Anthroposophy, and I've heard and read some bizarre things pertaining to that, of course.. but I just find it all difficult to believe, honestly. I mean - I'm sure there are some questionable beliefs [in regard to the racism] in Steiner's writings, but I'd never expect that to be in the schools.
I don't know. Blah.
There are 2 established private Waldorf schools, 1 that is in the process of accreditation and just expanded their preschool / kinder to include 1st and 2nd grade this year [and will be adding grades each year until 8th], a Waldorf charter that I'm honestly not that interested in, and a small public school in the middle of a redwood grove with mixed age classrooms and all the teachers are Waldorf certified.