Lake Champlain Waldorf School
Ages: 3 - 14+
Cost: Tuition varies by grade, ranging from $7,000 to $15,000. Check school for details.
The Lake Champlain Waldorf School is part of the international, independent Waldorf School movement, committed to realizing the unique possibilities of each child. For more about their school, check out the FAQ.They offer three programs:
Morning garden (3-4 year olds) and Kindergarten (4-6 year olds) programs center on creative play.
Students in first through eighth grades are educated in a way that develops and balances all aspects: intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual.
The curriculum helps students engage with the world, offering an integrated curriculum that weaves the arts into an excellent and demanding academic program.
Additionally, they offer summer day camps for boys and girls ages 5 - 15 on the Shelburne Campus location.
Reviewed on 01/27/2017
My first grader is absolutely delighted with language, numbers, music, art, his peers and teachers, what more could a student ask for?
Reviewed on 03/19/2015
We have been involved with the LCWS for 9 years now, which in itself tells you a lot. We began with the parent-toddler program, which taught us more than any book or other parenting tool we sought out about what young children need to thrive. We saw such differences in our then 18 month old and we have continued to witness the wisdom behind the pedagogy as that little toddler now navigates his pre-teen years. At first, we did not know...more
Reviewed on 06/20/2012
I attended the Lake Champlain Waldorf School from morning garden through 12th grade. That totals 15 years of Waldorf education! I had a wonderful experience and I feel like I can attribute who I have become to an education that fulfilled all of my needs. I was cared for by my teachers and my fellow students in a way that prepared me for my Waldorf high school experience, my college experience, and my post graduate life. I learned to use...more
Reviewed on 05/14/2012
The pros: a lovely, holistic, arts-based education that integrates intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and artistic skills. The cons: an extremely dogmatic approach to education (if Rudolph Steiner didn't say it nearly a century ago, they won't do it now) that effectively ignores the needs of academically and intellectually gifted children. While our children loved the arts education, handwork, and ample movement time, they complained...more
Reviewed on 04/18/2012
My daughter has been at this school for 4 years and absolutely loves it. She does not want to miss a day of school. The school has a strong understanding of child development and a deep respect for the children. The school raises the WHOLE child and my daughter is thriving. I couldn't ask for anything more for her childhood.
Reviewed on 05/14/2010
We partake in the Star Garden program, alongside our two year old daughter. It is a fantastic moment in time, each week, as we watch her bloom like a little flower with her peers. She talks about her friends, the teacher, the school pets, and the snack for days afterward. We have definitely experienced hugely positive things from this school. Our daughter does not attend daycare and has never had a sitter. We wanted her to be able to socialize...more
Reviewed on 10/08/2009
My family has been at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School for 10 years. We have experienced the Morning Garden, Kindergarten, Grade School and even all 4 years of High School as we had a boarding student live with us. In short - we have seen it all and we love it! I feel blessed every single day that my children are in an environment that is nurturing their intellect, creativity and humanity so exquisitely. I HIGHLY recommend this school...more
Reviewed on 09/18/2008
I had great hopes at Waldorf for our two children. Unfortunately, while I think the pedagogy is to be admired (lots of hands on art, music, nature), etc., theory and practice often differ.
It's a lovely idea to have the same teacher through all grades, but my experience is that the teachers were not qualified to teach some of the more rigorous courses at the 6th, 7th & 8th grades such as physics, anatomy, upper level mathematics,...more
Reviewed on 09/09/2008
My children have been there for the past 9 years. I love the school and the parent community. The teachers are just extraordinary--caring, bright, creative, love to teach. My children thrive there and love going to school each day.
Reviewed on 04/17/2008
Our experience at the Lake Champlain Waldorf school has been such a positive one. Both our daughters have flourished there and we have made many wonderful friends.The community at the school is such a strong and inclusive one with many opportunities for parents to be involved.