Friday, May 11, 2012

Austin Waldorf School Reviews by Parents\

Student hurt in fire at Oak Hill school
Burns suffered during lab experiment

AUSTIN (KXAN) - A 12-year-old girl from Austin Waldorf School was taken to Dell
Children's Medical Center on Friday morning with burns from a fire at Waldorf
School in Oak Hill.

A fire official said the girl suffered burns to 20 percent of her body with
injuries to her to leg, arm and face. The fire started as the result of a
laboratory experiment, the official said. There was smoke inside the school but
fire did not involve the building, officials said.

The private school is at 8700 South View Road. The incident is being

Here's more on the story:\

Update 11:30 a.m.: Emergency workers now say a 12-year-old girl suffered burns
closer to 12 to 15 percent of her body in an experiment at a school in Southwest
Austin Friday.
The girl suffered serious burns to her airway, a serious concern, said an
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services official. She also suffered
burns to her face, arms and legs.
The girl was participating in an experiment with her sixth-grade class at
Waldorf Austin School near the Y at Oak Hill before she suffered the burns, the
official said.
Initial reports gathered by emergency workers said the class was working with
water and alcohol — and boiling the alcohol, the official said.

Posted January 12, 2013
This was a terrible place for my children. My son took a huge blow to his self esteem in the short time he spent there. It truly was a disaster. They are not prepared to deal with learning difficulties at all. They accepted our son based on a very short interview and a quick look over his work from another Waldorf school. The person who interviewed us said his work was "advanced". Two short months into the school year and we were having major problems. After a total of 5 months we withdrew our son as he was suffering in class. He is doing much better now and we are considering the local public school after a short period of homeschooling. The community is not warm as they would like you to believe. We came from another school with a fantastic community, so we know what that's all about and AWS doesn't have it. My children's teachers didn't even know the name of their baby sister. The"mentor" program to welcome new families is a joke. These people were paid a lot of money to blow off our family when we became inconvenient. 
—Submitted by a parent

Oh boy... here we go - they take this woman's money while losing her son for an

Posted July 14, 2011
the customer service and counselors for the camp were not friendly or inviting!
But awkward and uninformative. I did not go back for the last days and did not
get a refund or even offered one. I didn't even know where my son was when
coming to pick up and no one knew where he was for an hour! My mom told me I
should have called the police. Maybe I should have. The teacher was creepy and
wierd My son did not like him and neither —Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2007
Our son was enrolled - he is no longer attending because the school is not the
arts integrated curriculum we first saw upon enrollment. Please look into
Anthroposophy and the teachings of Rudolf Steiner (who the school and curriculum
is based upon)before you enroll.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 13, 2006
Very strict on many lifestyle issues. Not the laidback atmosphere we thought it
would be. —Submitted by a parent

Posted July 24, 2005
Do your 'due diligence' before going through the admissions process. Check out
Waldorf education and Anthroposophy in depth before you decide this is the place
for your child. We found that there is much more than meets the eye to this
particular cirriculum. Do the research, it can be tough if you, as parents do
not believe in the Waldorf pedagogy. Ask for full disclosure.
—Submitted by a parent


  1. Ha. Both of my children went to the Austin Waldorf School. Yes, you must know something about the school and the philosophy before you enroll your children. It is definitely not for everyone - nor even a majority. While there are strong Christian elements it is more like having Merlin educate your children. This can be really good or really bad depending upon your attitude. It is not anything like mainstream education.

    1. Yes we were looking for unconventional. We came from another Waldorf school. Here my child was bullied and my family was treated very poorly. This place was an actual nightmare for our family.


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.