About This School
In 2010, Chicago Waldorf School had 7 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Illinois average is 16 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Chicago Waldorf School Reviews
My two children are at CWS (one in 4th grade, the other in kindergarten). As an educator (at the college level) and as someone who remembers my own primary school education, I am convinced that CWS is the best place I could be sending my children. Though I do not subscribe primarily to the philosophy of Rudolph Steiner, the pedagogical principles enshrined at Waldorf are very much in harmony with what my wife and I intuitively believe is fundamental to education: activity, creativity, balancing of intellectual with physical and feeling challenge, and a curriculum steeped in rich, rewarding material that goes far beyond simply drilling the basics. As a professor dealing with young people freshly graduated from the nation's secondary schools, I am regularly appalled at the fixity and lack of critical intelligence that has been fostered in our children. What sold me on Chicago Waldorf, when my eldest was still an infant, was looking at the work of their high school students and hearing their thoughtful conversation.
I have not had the negative experience of the other posters. We have loved and respected each of our children's teachers for the past 10 years. More importantly, they have loved and respected our children with a degree of care and concern I haven't seen nor heard of elsewhere, and which is strikingly at odds with my own public school education in the '70's and '80's. I recommend to my friends that are now having children of their own that they check it out, study the curriculum, but above all go and experience the community, at the Holiday Fair or an open house. Let the light and the work of Waldorf students speak for itself, as it did so forcefully to me.
I have three boys who have been enrolled in the school since they were four. My oldest is currently in the 7th grade and I am so impressed with the academic quality of their education. It continues to meet and engage them. They come home excited about what they are learning.