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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Prarie Hill Waldorf School - Reviews by Parents
Posted April 16, 2012
The school is not teaching the children to be compassionate to one another. Maybe they learn to have respect for the earth, nature and their schoolwork, but it seems to end when they enter recess. There are too many incidents of inappropriate language and behavior. The school seems to not take it seriously enough to implement rules to keep everyone emotionally and physically safe. The Waldorf curriculum is wonderful and impressive, but the school lacks the guidelines that holds the children responsible for their ill behavior. The most important thing we can teach our children is to be kind to themselves and others.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 21, 2010
We have been a family with the school for nearly 3 years now, and the school just has not maintained an acceptable level of safety regarding access into the school. There is no buzz in or check in process. Anyone can walk in and this is a huge safety issue to me. My son had a horrible experience as a kindergardener directly related to this. The school was aware, but nothing was done. Use caution when sending small children here, they may not be as protected as you are lead to believen they are.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 25, 2010
Our three sons attended Prairie Hill. Two of our sons had wonderful experiences and had two of the best teachers we have ever known! Our then 3rd grader had a truly horrible experience with a teacher that he is still trying to heal from. Sadly, I cannot recommend the school overall. Other children had a similar experience and also left, but their siblings are still in other classes. The classroom environment must be safe physically, emotionally and spiritually for a child to learn, grow, and thrive. All of the teachers must be emotionally stable. Because of the school's horizontal leadership structure, overall lack of leadership and economic pressures, serious safety issues still exist. Please use caution when interviewing a potential teacher for your child. 

Posted January 19, 2008
The Waldorf pedagogy in itself is very prescritpive. But, we found Prairie Hill to be very rigid. Not good with special needs.  —Submitted by a parent
Our 3 sons attended Prairie Hill.  Two of them had wonderful experiences, but our then 3rd grader had a very bad one that he is still healing from.  We assumed that all of the teachers would provide a safe classroom environment, both physically and emotionally and that the teachers themselves were emotionally healthy.  This was not true of one teacher and it was very harmful to several students who left.

There are many good things about this school, but because of the horizontal leadership structure, economic difficulties, and overall lack of leadership, serious issues that affect student safety remain.
Submitted on Feb 25, 2010