problematic teachers from Highland Hall.
Posted January 11, 2013 - It was our experience that the Steiner model, while it might be adequate for Gr.K-1, showed its lack of relevance by Gr.2, and was clearly deleterious to our child's educational and emotional growth by Gr.4. PWS compounded those failings with stultifying teachers and a cliquey administration which refused to address classroom issues (inc. bullying, and the increasing presence of technology in the classroom), apparently because the offending students were the children of the wealthier parents; in a word: useless, the lot of them. The quality of education PWS was very shiny and showy, but surprisingly poor, with an appalling lack of focus on basics. We have a child who tests near the top of every graph, but whose years at PWS left gaping holes in his apprehension of the basics. The year we withdrew our child from PWS, a quarter of his class left at the same time...and the conversations had with those parents in the ensuing months were amazingly similar in tone with many of the same complaints. I think it's time for the Steiner adherents to get their heads out of the sand and reevaluate both the model and PWS execution of it; meanwhile, our child is flourishing in another school.
Posted January 6, 2013
Posted July 27, 2012
Posted April 30, 2009
Pasadena Waldorf School has a fairy tale approach to life and does not prepare
children for the real world. The school's administration has no oversight and
teachers are free to instruct and discipline children any way they see fit. My
children had to be tutored after leaving Waldorf just to catch up with
mainstream society. The campus is beautiful and the ideals are romantic. The
story telling and performances are fun but do not begin to educate children in
today's complex world. There are some valuable lessons being taught, but negated
by the fact that a child cannot write correctly or spell. There is no test
taking and no monitoring of the educational process. Waldorf creates it's own
rules and changes them on a whim. I would not recommend this school to anyone
who takes their child's education seriously.
—Submitted by a parent
Posted November 16, 2007
The intentions are good, but it falls far short of it's goals.
—Submitted by a parent
Posted April 25, 2007
I am not sure the Waldorf model works in today's multicultural environment.
Having the same teacher from K-8 sounds romantic but it is rare to find an
individual with a skill set that can meet a child's needs over 9 years of
education. Parental involvement is very high and the atmosphere is nurturing. I
would not recommend a Waldorf Education unless you are prepared to supplement
your child's education w/ tutors and other outlets for both academic and
sporting activities. —Submitted by a parent
Posted February 1, 2007
After having my daughter at this school for 5 years, I pulled her out. They have
lost most of their good teachers and there is no oversight on poor performing
teachers. We most definitely would not recommend it for a quality educaton.
—Submitted by a parent
Teacher Spotlight - Justin Baltz
07/07/12 Please contact me directly if you have information related to Justin Baltz. This is very important and we need your help. 310-855-xxxx
04/02/12 He is way to touchy with the kids. My child [t]old [sic] me justin wants to give him hugs during games. I am filling a complaint.
11/22/11 I still have my child in the same school and heard from another parent that Justin is working again as a teacher? What is wrong with people? This guy should not be working with kids. He is irresponsi
06/11/11 He wasn't just out off it for most of the time, he was a terrible teacher and inappropriate with the kids. Glad he is gone.
Teacher Spotlight - Dorothea Hamilton
03/02/10 I think she's mean and and awful teacher.She's a nice person and all but there's one problem,THE TEACHING PART!
05/12/08 Bully and likes to gossip!
09/30/06 Never a smile - always a frown for both kids and parents.
07/02/06 The town gossip
06/21/06 mean and angry - always takes it out on the kids - plus she likes to gossip
06/09/06 She should smile at the parents when they drive in the morning. She stands in the parking lot and tries to stare them down.
06/03/07 shows no mercy.BEWARE.
02/08/07 always trying to push her rules and agenda onto the kids. very nosey
Teacher Spotlight - Ellen Levy
02/04/12 When Mrs. Levy does not yell, she is somber, humorless and strangely inarticulate when communicating with parents. Quick to interpret most innocent behavior as a sign of psychological and physical damage. Lies about child's behavior and conducts witch-hunt like investigations by secretly interrogating child's classmates. Tries to force the parents to commit a child to psychological treatment before giving him a chance to explain his behavior. Clearly needs much healing herself.
10/17/10 Awful temper
05/23/10 Stay on top of your child if she is going to be their teacher. Shame on PWS for putting children in front of her.