Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: the Seacoast of Bohemia
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She has extremely positive feelings about her entire waldorf school experience. She attended Highland Hall, in Los Angeles, from nursery school through 7th grade and the Toronto Waldorf School from 10th-12th.
Things she especially mentioned liking about the Toronto school:
the building (it is one of the few waldorf schools in North America with an anthroposophically designed building)
the teachers, especially her chemistry teacher Mr. Pickering
the class trips - they did a bicycle trip to Stratford to see two plays, a canoe trip in the wilderness and also visited Quebec City
the HS curriculum which she felt gave her an excellent grounding for doing college level work in both the sciences and the humanities
She is very positive about waldorf. She has served on two waldorf school boards, currently has her daughter in a waldorf nursery school and is running a waldorf day care in her home.
One question often asked: can waldorf kids make it in the real world?
She supported herself through college, usually working two jobs, sometimes three, while carrying a full course-load and completing an engineering degree in environmental engineering with an emphasis in water quality. For her senior project she produced a report on water run off for a recycling center.
Then she worked for the U.S. Geological Survey as an intern for 1 1/2 years, collecting and analyzing water quality samples. While there she worked with a team to produce a scientific article on water quality problems in one region, writing one section of the article.
After that she found work at a environmental consulting firm, where she managed a variety of projects. Currently she is running, as I mentioned above, a waldorf style day care in her home.
Oops! I forgot to mention that she was active for several years as a volunteer in a friends of a river group.
No, I can't say I regret spending all that money on waldorf ed. As a single mom it was frequently very difficult to come up with the tuition and it was especially hard having her go away to school in Canada starting at 15. After I dropped her off I cried for a good 200 miles...but I don't regret it. I envy her her education. We are very similar in intelligence and basic capacities, but my public education blunted my capacities and didn't do much to develop my thinking, while her waldorf education fertilized her capacities and built an excellent foundation for clear thinking.