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Entries in Cedarwood Waldorf School (3)

Wednesday
Sep122012

Update on Local Family's School Search

Early this year we met Gina and her partner Luca who were looking for a half-day Kindergarten option for their son this fall. They were drawn toward the more alternative schools such as Metropolitan Learning Center, Opal Charter School and Cedarwood Waldorf School, while at the same time feeling 70% certain they would end up at their neighborhood school, Chapman Elementary. However, the twists and turns of the school exploration path have taken them for a bit of a ride.

Since our original post Gina & Luca visited Cathedral School in NW Portland. While Gina & Luca consider themselves classic “Portland liberals” their Catholic upbringing made them pretty comfortable with a parochial school as an option for their son. They were really impressed with Cathedral’s size (250 kids in K-8), the dynamic new principal, involved parent community, and commitment to new technology (Starting this year, every student is issued an iPad). The downtown location, uniforms (makes mornings very easy!) and relatively low tuition ($6000) were bonuses too. But...

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Wednesday
Feb152012

Cedarwood Waldorf School - profile

Cedarwood Waldorf School is a private/independent school across from the Lair Hill park in SW Portland. It began in 1997 with 4 students and today enrolls just under 300 students in the pre-K through the 8th grade.  Cedarwood follows the Waldorf educational philosophy which, in broad strokes, emphasizes imagination and the whole child.  Some simple search terms will yield an abundance of information and commentary on Waldorf.

The Scoop Half-Full:  

The first thing the parents we spoke with raved about were the teachers at Cedarwood.  To describe them as simply good teachers would be a vast understatement. Teachers are trained with the Waldorf philosophy of honoring the whole child, and creating a warm, nurturing and natural environment, which is felt in a typical Waldorf classroom at Cedarwood. Parents were moved at the teachers’ unfailing commitment to know each child individually.  And because teachers in a Waldorf school stay with each class cohort throughout all the elementary years, they have the benefit of knowing every child as s/he essentially grows up.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

Meet Your Neighbor

This week we’ll introduce two local families who are deep in the school search & decision-making process for their kindergarteners-to-be.  We’ve changed some identifying information to protect their privacy, but their situations are real.   

Meet Gina, who lives in NW with her partner Luca, and who is 70% sure they'll end up at their neighborhood school, Chapman Elementary, when their son starts kindergarten in September.  A big reason Chapman is appealing is the ability for their son to do a half-day kindergarten, which is very important to Gina.  You see, Gina is a supermom who fills her children’s days with fun and a lot of togetherness (easily making those of us who don’t do toddler talk so well feel inadequate!).  As a result, her boy hasn’t had any ongoing experience in a preschool, which makes Gina really reluctant to dive into the deep end with full-day school in the fall.  But Gina and Luca also want their child to get a rich, well-rounded education and so they don’t want to make a decision without knowing what’s out there and what they're potentially giving up.  So, where is their research leading them?

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