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Review for Waldorf Association Of Lawrence, Lawrence, KS, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This school has been amazing for my child and my family. The faculty work tirelessly at providing a rich, nurturing, whole child curriculum that respects and meets each child where they're at. By "whole child" I mean that when they learn math, it's not just done sitting at a desk—there's movement, music, and art in each subject. The students learn the subjects with their whole bodies. I especially love the fact that my child is not just having facts downloaded into his brain for rote memorization and having to regurgitate it back. Instead, he's learning HOW to learn, and his innate love of learning is being nurtured rather than squashed. I love that he will be with his 1st grade teacher all the way through 6th grade. His teacher will know exactly where he's at, what he needs and when, and he will be communicating that with us, the parents, all the way through. I love this school and my child loves it. His self-confidence around learning is big and bright, not stressful or fearful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My child. My son loves school. He shows me something new everyday that he's excited about. His confidence in his ability to learn and enjoy it is obvious in his demeanor and his stories about the day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more volunteer leadership. It takes a village to raise a school. We have lots of opportunities for volunteerism but parents and community members are strapped for time and many can't commit to the amount of work/time needed to make it happen.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way it has become a home for my child and my family. The community of parents, faculty, and volunteers is the best. You couldn't ask to be associated with better people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

conscientious and diligent in their work with students, and colleagues. When you realize what Waldorf education can do for your community, you can't help but be passionate about your work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy the land and the building it's on. "Green" the building, and set it up to be able to produce it's own energy. Provide scholarships to families who value the education but can't pay the tuition. Reach out into our greater community with local food.

Ways to make it better...

we could spread the word better about who we are and what we offer. I know that the school offers what people value, but getting the word out is a challenge since we are just outside of town.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances and it's relationship that we are a pioneer school in Kansas. Kansas doesn't yet know of the Waldorf education movement. Getting the word out is one of our biggest challenges.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & I am a Board Member and am on staff. I am also a parent of a Prairie Moon student.