Friday, May 11, 2012

Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School Reviews by Parents

Pleasant Ridge is where problematic Highland Hall teacher Aaron Schmidt ended up.  Aaron has written to complain about being represented as a "problematic teacher".  He's the teacher who permitted the following:

And here's the letter excluding me from the class trip:

Now, Mr. Schmidt believes he's been wrongly accused.  Apparently there's nothing "problematic" about a teacher who sends kids hitchhiking in the vehicles of strangers.  It's hard to understand how sick in the head some of these people are... we just have to accept it.

On to the reviews:

Posted April 21, 2008
I was involved with Pleasant Ridge Waldorf for over 10 years and watched as it was taken over by elitist executives from Organic Valley (local organic farmer cooperative). The teachers were not paid well enough for the amount of work they had to do and the amount of tuition that was squeezed out of parents . SELL RAFFLE TICKETS OR YOU PAY FOR THEM OUT OF POCKET? I think not. I pulled my kids (all 3) out and was astonished at how little vital information they had learned. We home-schooled, then tried public school, and they love it. My kids are struggling to catch up and I feel like a bozo for letting them down, while shelling out over 50K over the past 10 years on an education & lifestyle appropriate for very young children. Mellow, sweet, and non-invasive. —Submitted by a parent

Here's an interesting statistic:

% Students of Color2%
State avg.: 23%


  1. Oh, hey Pete! Would you please take my name off of your post? Thanks. Not sure how I've been promoted to "problematic" in your mind, but I feel like you and I never really got a chance to know one another, certainly never got a chance to sort out what ever issues you had with the school. But they weren't my issues. Hope you are well...


  2. Good grief, Pete. I wasn't complaining, simply requesting. In the interest of accuracy, the notion that I encouraged 3 children to, or in any way sanctioned, hitchhiking is nonsense. But, you know that, because we talked about it.

    Hope your summer is full of relaxation and rejuvenation.


  3. Aaron, nice to hear from you. I hope you've grown a spine since we last spoke. You let the Waldorf teachers at Highland Hall walk all over you while painting ME as problematic. I wanted what was best for the children, while YOU wanted what was best for YOU - to get along with the new school you were hired into. You chose to override the wishes of the teacher you were replacing and exclude me - the experienced parent - from the camping trip - AS PUNISHMENT FOR POSTING ON THE INTERNET. Instead YOU let the school try to push an ALL FACULTY supervised camping trip on the class. Parents INSISTED on attending. Even so, and with Ed Eadon in attendence, the poorly-supervised trip turned into a fiasco. Not only were kids stretched out for miles without supervision, they were made to carry chairs and coolers back. YOU, were in charge - right? Did you have a plan for somebody driving down to pick up the equipment and any exhausted kids? YOU, in the subsequent meeting, said all the parents of the kids involved had been notified - yet YOU knew I HAD NOT. I found out from my son that he was involved.

    Not only that, but the next day, apparently, YOU allowed the kids to dive into a shallow pond from high rocks without supervision - an activity you are very lucky didn't leave some child paralyzed or worse. I suppose that's nonsense too? What do you claim I said to you when we talked? Just curious. And in the interest of accuracy Arron.

  4. Just so the readers are clear - you're not concerned that these things happened, you are concerned that your name has been associated with them. That you, and other Waldorf teachers, don't take responsibility for your actions is EXACTLY why this blog is here. I'm glad you're here personally to demonstrate this to the readers. You could say, you helped set the wheels in motion for this blog Aaron. Take a bow - don't run from the spotlight!


You may ask, "where are all the 5=Star reviews?" Well, the problem with those reviews is that many tend not to be too honest. I have included 4-star reviews that appear honest. Often, gushing reviews are placed by teachers and administrators - as some comments here indicate. "This school educates the whole child!!!" - 5 stars - by Anonymous... I say baloney! Notice, many of the reviewers have been misled by Waldorf and are still buying the PR, even after having been disappointed. Feel free to comment but understand the intent of this blog. Comments are no longer moderated.