Sunday, September 7, 2014

Washington Waldorf School

Washington Waldorf School somehow got missed in my reviews.  They're in "Waldorf" MD, so that's probably why I missed them.  Since this is "Where Knowledge Runs Deep", we'd better have a look.  WWS appears to be a school where bullying runs deep.  As with many Waldorf schools, we see a lot of complaints and then suddenly, only positive 5-star comments from staff and teachers - often all on the same day - in this case September 10, 2009.  Clearly, Waldorf schools FALSIFY reviews to get ratings up.  Here are the reviews:

Posted June 10, 2014
WWS has a great approach to learning, I greatly credit it to my success in middle and high school. The main drawback of it is there is a lot of bullying, I got bullied a lot in my five years at WWS, unless you get a good teacher and a class without bullies this school can be a great experience.
Posted August 30, 2010
WWW lacks leadership and its academic standards are obsolete. Our experience was a negative one, despite the artistic curriculum. Each teacher does as they please, there is no accountability, and if you are unlucky and get one of the "not so good teachers", your child will get the short end of the stick. There is a "cultish" approach about their particular philosophy. The school lacks the resources and staff needed to meet all the children's learning needs. Overall, I do not reccomend it.
Posted November 7, 2008
Our experience was very much like those of other families posted on this site who experienced bullying. Whether or not you stay at WWS will depend on whether or not you and your child can take it.
—Submitted by a parent
Posted March 28, 2008
Despite all the beauty and love of this school, it cannot handle bullying even at the kindergarten level. It is a socially tough school and unless the school turns things around, I cannot recommend it. Either you learn to be a bully and run away from one. In today's world, a child needs more guidance and some rules to follow with consequences! —Submitted by a parent
Posted October 14, 2007
We were really let down by this school. At first we were intoxicated by this colorful approach to education.The art and music were truly beautiful. However the school had no idea how to handle bullying. As much as they say that they educate the whole child they really dropped the ball with our child.There was no leadership, no boundaries set and we felt our child was unsafe.In addition to that his educational needs(dyslexia) were not being met.Needless to say we left. We thought this school held the promise for greatness in does not.
—Submitted by a parent


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.