Friday, May 11, 2012

Honululu Waldorf School Reviews by Parents

Remember this school? They sued residents around their school:

"As far as we're concerned, now we're going to make it very clear to them we
don't even want them in our community any longer," said Seitz, who also is
president of the Niu Valley Community Association. "They no longer are going to
have freedom to exist in our valley to do what they want to do. They're going to
be under siege."

That was in 2007... but the school is still there apparently:

Let's see how they're doing...\

Posted July 7, 2013

Be VERY Cautious. Honolulu Waldorf School is suffering from terrible finances. It recently had to layoff an extraordinary teacher because they couldn't afford to pay her to teach the parent child class. Too bad. She was excellent.
—Submitted by a parent
Posted May 22, 2013

Be very careful about the teachers at this school. After 8 years at the school my child got a terrible teacher that was not held accountable for his abusive behavior and incompetence. In theory this school is great but beware if you get a bad teacher and there are several.
—Submitted by a parent
Posted July 17, 2012
This school has wonderful ideas and gives children the childhood they need and deserve to have, nurturing the imagination and giving them a strong foundation to learn without burning out. Unfortunately it is lacking leadership, organization and I believe parent participation. Tuition is comparable to other private schools on the island yet the facilities are old, neglected and dirty. If Waldorf could find leadership and balance their budget, update their school and playground, families on the island might consider Waldorf. This school should have a wait list just like other schools but because of lack of leadership and neglected facilities it is labeled a "hippy" school. I appreciated the wholesome approach this school offered but did not have the confidence in their leadership (or lack of) to keep my most precious child at this school. Other schools are beginning to embrace this type of learning yet doing it with leadership and organization. Honolulu Waldorf needs to get their act together.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 10, 2012

This school has steadily gone downhill with no leadership, poorly trained teachers, a lack of communication, inconsistent discipline, and is constantly changing policy from year to year. Not surprisingly, facilities are in need of repair and the school overall is poorly funded. Very limited enrichment programs and opportunities, particularly for children with challenges and those that are gifted. Anyone brave enough to ask questions are labeled and ostracized. Not a happy place these days.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 4, 2012

There is no principal, all decisions are made by teachers. There is no way to track what my child had learned and how well. School felt unorganised and misleading. Would not recomend long term.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2012

Would not recomend this school. Elementary teachers are not properly trained to handle communication with parents. School lacks in organization and it seem to have a lot of gossip. Unless you are willing to follow all their rules, which seems to be getting made up as they go alone, - perhaps you are better off with any other school on the island.
—Submitted by a parent

The next three reviews are all on the same day... must have been a bad day for the
pre-kindergarten teacher:

Posted Thursday, April 26, 2012
As soon as we mentioned other private schools to our teacher in Pre-K and having
her submit the Progress Report to other schools, - everything went upside down.
The attitude changed, the Report was not handled properly and was biased and
full of her opinions and suggestions. Needless to say, when we questioned the
protocol on the such reports written by Pre-K teacher to other schools, - the
anwser was, - she should have not written one! i.e. it only applies to grade
school and not Pre-K, K level. We complained and were extremely upset. The
outcome - THEY TOLD US TO LEAVE THE SCHOOL! Heartless, unorganized, biased, no
core value. So , unless you are willing to kiss up and never object, - stay away
from this "school". The rule of this school is - The Teacher Is Always Right. (
even when she screwed up) —Submitted by a parent

Posted Thursday, April 26, 2012
Pre-K teacher is emotionaly unstable. Communication is a problem, does not know
how to handle simple discipline. Calling parents in the middle of the day asking
to pick up children because they through rocks at each other. Unorganized school
and I would not recomend to anyone. Many students are leaving to other private
schools after Pre-K. —Submitted by a parent

Posted Thursday, April 26, 2012
Though our children enjoyed the school, my husband and I were not happy with a
teacher. She was very strict and very opinionated. She did not allow our son to
go to 1st grade; as per her opinion, - he was not ready. Yet, he is in the 1 st
grade now in the different school and is very capabable and ready to learn and
—Submitted by a parent

Another parent expecting the "hype" and not the reality.

Posted January 14, 2011
This is a good school in many ways. It lacks the heart, knowledge and true
spirit of Waldorf but is still better in many ways than what else is out there.
In Europe, Waldorf works elegantly and effectively for 'difficult' or disruptive
children, in fact, so much so that the government pays for some of the most
problematic children to attend Waldorf. This is a great life experience for the
whole community. It seems that this is not the case here, 'difficult' children
are not well-held in a way that they can heal and often become the scapegoats
for teachers inability and/or insecurity. We removed our children after several
years. We could not recommend this as a wholesome or effective learning
environment. —Submitted by a parent

Posted December 28, 2009
The Waldorf curriculum was designed to end at 8th grade. Honolulu Waldorf School
does very well in the lower grades, and starts to unravel at around the sixth
grade. My kids went to this school from pre-k to eight and sixth grades. Parents
should ask hard questions of a variety of individuals, not just the teachers
that form the governing body. Particularly, ask about how many kids go to
college and how discipline is handled. If you question HWS deviation from
established Walodorf pedagogy, you and your children will quickly be pushed from
the fold. —Submitted by a parent

Posted May 8, 2004
Just as in other Waldorf Schools, the problem here is that no one wants to
discipline problem children. —Submitted by a parent


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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.