For our family, PWS has exceeded our expectations on all fronts. For our children: academic rigor at the age appropriate time, exposure to the complete range of creative arts, as well as the nourishing relationship with dedicated faculty who know them and care about them deeply. Our children are learning,
... Read more happy and flourishing. For us as parents, we have found a warm, welcoming and diverse community of families. As with any school, you really get your own sense of the quality of education and the type of community by visiting. That's what we did, and I'm so glad...I can't imagine our children being better served in any other school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/10/12
I am quite disappointed with the level of education my two students have gotten after many years at PWS. I cannot speak to all Waldorf education, because this is the only school I have personal experience with, but I find that the curriculum has not prepared them for college nor a professional career.
... Read more The curriculum spends too much time on off-beat subjects, and not enough on core fundamentals. Neither of the kids has hardly any homework, and both seem bored by school. Math and science is so lacking that we are spending thousands on tutoring to make up for the lack. Also, one of the children who has struggled with reading has been very hampered by Waldorf's policy to not teach reading until 3rd grade. Though almost a freshman, her reading and writing is probably at about the level of an average 4th-5th grader. Despite our ongoing concern, her teacher has not made any effort to focus on this. An attempt to transition one of our kids to public education failed miserably. Our student found public school too difficult, with too much homework. I believe a public education, even with all their shortfalls, would actually be better than what PWS offers. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/15/12
A great school, in my opinion, produces well rounded, capable, confident, self determining, creative young people ready to find and follow their own path through life. As a current parent of three children at the Portland Waldorf School ranging from 1st-7th grade , I am extremely satisfied that my children
... Read more are receiving the education I expect from a great school. As with any Waldorf School, the class teacher, who teaches the same group of kids from 1st-8th grade is the primary factor in a child's experience and education. PWS has an excellent faculty of grades teachers, all committed to the develpment and education of each unique person in their class as well as the continued personal and professional development of themselves and their collegues. Before lending too much credence to reviews driven by a negative experience or sour grapes or even this one from a highly satisfied parent, please visit PWS, meet the teachers, and administrative staff, talk to current students in the grades and high school, talk to the parents, ask to be connected with alumni, come to a parent council meeting, sit in on a class. I believe you will find a great place to go to school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/09/12
This is the only private school I have ever known the inner workings of, but I am horrified at the dysfunction among the faculty and the staff. I find that this inevitably influences the children both in the classroom and outside of it. What is being modelled for them is not healthy. These are immature
... Read more and underdeveloped adults who do not have a strong sense of themselves. Not only are students here being insufficiently served academically, they are being disserved because of a lack of healthy adult examples of mature social interaction, honesty, cooperation or even receptivity to parental concerns. Looking ahead, be sure to ask about the success rate of their graduates who, time and again, are dropping out of college before even the end of their first year. Ask what colleges are accepting these students. You won't find any big names here--for Waldorf schools in general, maybe, but for PWS specifically, it just isn't happening. I would strongly advise looking elsewhere. I found the nearby Micha-el school to have a far greater sense of integrity on the whole. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/12/12
This school has the best of intentions; however, PWS lacks considerable talent with their teachers. My child submitted her math homework and got it wrong - as did one other boy. My daughter kept reworking the problem again and again and still came up with the same answer. The teacher began working with
... Read more her and then realized that she had been teaching the problem incorrectly all along. One might applaud the teacher for honesty but the fact is she was teaching it wrong! Only my child and the other little boy got it correct. I pay too much money for this kind of ineptitude. Math is secondary in this school when our country seriously is falling behind global education standards. I fear that my child will have few opportunities and will not be able to attend a quality university (one that's beyond the obscure liberal arts colleges that typically result in few job opportunities). PWS doesnt test and deadlines are merely guidelines which is counter to 'real world standards. Education prepares children for life and this school does nothing of the sort. I am sure there are good Waldorf schools but this is definitely not one of them. Read less
Posted by a other on 11/07/11
I am a current parent at PWS and I could not be happier with the education my child is receiving. It is a full and complete, classical education. My child is appropriately challenged academically, artistically and in the social realm. How often does it occur that students learn care and respect for
... Read more themselves, their peers, their teachers, their parents and for the greater world around them? PWS does this beautifully. The teachers are completely dedicated to the students. My child's teacher always makes time to answer my many questions. I feel supported as a parent and my whole family benefits from the open and warm school community. I feel very lucky to have made a connection with this school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/21/11
My children are so fortunate to be at this school! The caring and thorough education they receive here is hard to find elsewhere. The programs are rich and taught by real specialists. There are no "electives" because every subject is too important! In addition to the core subjects they ALL learn german,
... Read more spanish, handwork, woodwork, instrumental music AND choral music, physical education, eurythmy, fine arts and so much more. The teachers really get to know each child and the administration is friendly and willing to go above and beyond to help meet the needs of the families. The parent body is also wonderful and very involved. This is more than just a school, it is a community! Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/02/11
Fully Accredited by the National Association of Accredited Schools, the Association for Waldorf Schools of North America, and the Waldorf Early Childhood Association for North America, the Portland Waldorf School has proven itself as a leader in education in the Portland area. The experience my children
... Read more received was crucial to their development as capable individuals in a wide range of abilities; perhaps most importantly being able to think for themselves, and "outside the box". Professionals and friends remark on the high quality of their insight and competencies, and say that they can see the difference it makes to receive an education from PWS . I highly recommend the school, and the teachers who exhibit a depth of understanding of human development which exceeds that of any other school in the area. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/30/11
We found that the teachers at the Portland Waldorf School are outstanding. My sons grades teacher is an amazing and talented woman who guided him through grades 1-8. His subject teachers in music and art are are not only gifted artists in their own right but also incredibly gifted teachers and mentors.
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Posted by a parent on 05/05/11
There are some wonderful things about the education but.... huge problems in the administration and too many sub- standard teachers. The social issues and bullying at the school are heart breaking. Classroom management is more often than not outdated and ineffectual in lower school. The culture in
... Read more the high school often breeds disinterest and lots of pot smoking. NOT a math and science school by any stretch. Unfortunately "crony-ism" has set in and those in control think it's all good when it is very stale, dysfunction and not a very inspiring place for many. I would recommend the kindergarten program. If you are lucky to get a well trained, professional grades teacher (few and far between), it can be a good place for a while. I think one of the big problems is there is really no apparent supervision of the teachers. They can kind of do what they want. Thus, there is a huge lack of professionalism both inside and outside of the classroom. If your high school student is HIGHLY motivated they can do well. But if they need more structure and a little push to do their best....they won't get it here. They just leave them alone and dismiss it all to "developmental appropriateness." Read less
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