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Chris M.

We have 2 children in the grades and 1 in preschool and are so pleased with the education and environment. The children are happy, content and want to go to school each day! The teachers are wonderful in who they are and as educators. I love recommending this school; it is the type of education I wish I could have had myself!
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2012-01-03T18:34:44+00:00
We have 2 children in the grades and 1 in preschool and are so pleased with the education and environment. The children are happy, content and want to go to school each day! The teachers are wonderful in who they are and as educators. I love recommending this school; it is the type of education I wish I could have had myself!

Tom & Chris M.

My son is in the 3rd grade at Da Vinci Waldorf and is new to the school this year.  He has transitioned wonderfully.  He enjoys school and looks forward to going each day.  At the end of the day he gets in the car and seems as “fresh” as he did when I dropped him off in the morning.  He is not tired or overwrought and seems genuinely happy.  I am very glad we chose Da Vinci Waldorf for him, and we are planning on sending our two daughters next year.  Thanks, Da Vinci Waldorf, for doing what you do!
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2012-01-06T19:21:05+00:00
My son is in the 3rd grade at Da Vinci Waldorf and is new to the school this year.  He has transitioned wonderfully.  He enjoys school and looks forward to going each day.  At the end of the day he gets in the car and seems as “fresh” as he did when I dropped him off in the morning.  He is not tired or overwrought and seems genuinely happy.  I am very glad we chose Da Vinci Waldorf for him, and we are planning on sending our two daughters next year.  Thanks, Da Vinci Waldorf, for doing what you do!

Suzanne D.

Da Vinci Waldorf is an amazing school!!! I have children from age 11 to 26 and I have been involved in many different schools. Never have I wanted to turn back the clock so that I could start all over until now. The way children are taught in this wonderful school blows me away!!! They are truly teaching the whole child.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2012-01-06T19:20:53+00:00
Da Vinci Waldorf is an amazing school!!! I have children from age 11 to 26 and I have been involved in many different schools. Never have I wanted to turn back the clock so that I could start all over until now. The way children are taught in this wonderful school blows me away!!! They are truly teaching the whole child.

Margo J.

Da Vinci Waldorf School is a wonderful little school in Wauconda, IL. It was a difficult decision to move our 3 children out of public school, but we have never regretted it. The children are much more relaxed and creative. They actually like to learn.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2012-01-03T18:33:18+00:00
Da Vinci Waldorf School is a wonderful little school in Wauconda, IL. It was a difficult decision to move our 3 children out of public school, but we have never regretted it. The children are much more relaxed and creative. They actually like to learn.

Gerson A. and Christine G.

Da Vinci Waldorf is more than a school for my two children. It is a place where we have found a community of friends and teachers with whom we share a passion for academic excellence in an environment that preserves the children’s innocence, accentuates their creativity and imagination, and inspires a profound reverence for human kind and nature. We embarked on this journey four years ago after informing ourselves about Waldorf education. We are confident that this unique and holistic educational approach is what our children need. I often think and have heard from other parents at Da Vinci Waldorf how lucky our children are for being immersed in such a magical and unique program. Many have said that they wish they had had the opportunity to attend a Waldorf school. Everyday I witness how creative and imaginative my daughters have become. They often play and invent or retell stories and songs using simple objects (silks, rocks, wood, water, leaves and soil) both indoors and outdoors. We as parents are committed to help and guide our children to develop their full potential in life and face the world with an open mind and heart. This school and its community are without a doubt our best allies to achieve this priceless goal.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2014-08-01T03:54:37+00:00
Da Vinci Waldorf is more than a school for my two children. It is a place where we have found a community of friends and teachers with whom we share a passion for academic excellence in an environment that preserves the children’s innocence, accentuates their creativity and imagination, and inspires a profound reverence for human kind and nature. We embarked on this journey four years ago after informing ourselves about Waldorf education. We are confident that this unique and holistic educational approach is what our children need. I often think and have heard from other parents at Da Vinci Waldorf how lucky our children are for being immersed in such a magical and unique program. Many have said that they wish they had had the opportunity to attend a Waldorf school. Everyday I witness how creative and imaginative my daughters have become. They often play and invent or retell stories and songs using simple objects (silks, rocks, wood, water, leaves and soil) both indoors and outdoors. We as parents are committed to help and guide our children to develop their full potential in life and face the world with an open mind and heart. This school and its community are without a doubt our best allies to achieve this priceless goal.

Kathy P.

My children have been attending DVWS for three years. They are healthy, happy, and excited to go to school each day. The grade school curriculum meets their developmental needs. While reading was later than friends in public school, my oldest went right into chapter books within a few months of independent reading. The music and art programs give my boys a way to be creative, which they love.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2014-08-01T03:55:11+00:00
My children have been attending DVWS for three years. They are healthy, happy, and excited to go to school each day. The grade school curriculum meets their developmental needs. While reading was later than friends in public school, my oldest went right into chapter books within a few months of independent reading. The music and art programs give my boys a way to be creative, which they love.

Kristine F.

Our children are very happy at this school. The class sizes are small, the programs appropriate, and teachers are inspiring. The preschool/kindergarten is 4 hours which allows me enough time to return home or run errands.

Waldorf education is based on a philosophy that children learn and develop best in a warm, nurturing and natural environment. Academics are subtle in the preschool- no ABC’s posted up or videos playing- but real life activities that require use of the body and mind. Children are daily counting place settings, using rhyming and movement, hearing and repeating the rich vocabulary of song and story. Children have plenty of time for pretend play and outdoor play.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2014-08-01T03:55:48+00:00
Our children are very happy at this school. The class sizes are small, the programs appropriate, and teachers are inspiring. The preschool/kindergarten is 4 hours which allows me enough time to return home or run errands. Waldorf education is based on a philosophy that children learn and develop best in a warm, nurturing and natural environment. Academics are subtle in the preschool- no ABC’s posted up or videos playing- but real life activities that require use of the body and mind. Children are daily counting place settings, using rhyming and movement, hearing and repeating the rich vocabulary of song and story. Children have plenty of time for pretend play and outdoor play.

Professor Gary Saul Morson

Professor Gary Saul Morson was the parent of an 8th grade student at Da Vinci Waldorf School at the time of this review. He has held two chairs at Northwestern University, including the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence. Professor Morson was elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995.

For nearly forty years my life has been devoted to education, teaching Russian literature and other classics of world literature to undergraduates and graduate students at Northwestern University and at the University of Pennsylvania. As you would expect, my own children’s education has been of vital concern to me. Over the years, my two children experienced public schools, private schools (including a school for the gifted) and homeschooling. Nowhere did we find as comprehensive and stimulating an approach to education as we have in Waldorf schools.
Through my own direct experience as a parent over the last five years, I can attest that Waldorf teachers dedicate themselves to their students’ education and help children reach their full potential as well-rounded people. Waldorf teachers love learning and are able to share their enthusiasm in a way that is absent from too many classrooms today. Students are exposed to an academically rigorous program in a way that makes learning fun.
The Waldorf curriculum provides a remarkable education for children. The early childhood program provides the foundation that children need most for later educational excellence: curiosity about the world, a habit of exploration and a well-developed imagination.
For five years, my son has received an exceptional education at Da Vinci Waldorf School. I have been impressed by the thoughtfulness with which the curriculum has been put together and with how engaging it makes advanced material. He has developed a deep trust and admiration for his teacher, who is exceptionally talented and inspiring in her approach.
Few elementary schools provide the range of subjects and the depth of understanding fostered by the Waldorf curriculum, which includes foreign languages, mathematics, science, history, geography, literature, composition, spelling, grammar, art and music. In my field of expertise, language and literature, the lessons are simply remarkable, beyond my highest hopes. In addition, two periods daily of active outdoor play, movement class, handwork and other practical skills ensure that children develop the full range of skills needed for a healthy life. Moral education is a fundamental concern and is addressed thoroughly and in a non-sectarian way.
I only wish our son had started as a Waldorf student in preschool and that his sister, now a Northwestern honors student, had attended a Waldorf school, too.
We had some misconceptions that kept us from pursuing the Waldorf option for our older child and for our son until the fourth grade. We really should have investigated directly and much earlier.
Da Vinci Waldorf School is a splendid investment for a child’s education, future success, and happiness.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2014-08-01T03:56:33+00:00
Professor Gary Saul Morson was the parent of an 8th grade student at Da Vinci Waldorf School at the time of this review. He has held two chairs at Northwestern University, including the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence. Professor Morson was elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995. For nearly forty years my life has been devoted to education, teaching Russian literature and other classics of world literature to undergraduates and graduate students at Northwestern University and at the University of Pennsylvania. As you would expect, my own children’s education has been of vital concern to me. Over the years, my two children experienced public schools, private schools (including a school for the gifted) and homeschooling. Nowhere did we find as comprehensive and stimulating an approach to education as we have in Waldorf schools. Through my own direct experience as a parent over the last five years, I can attest that Waldorf teachers dedicate themselves to their students’ education and help children reach their full potential as well-rounded people. Waldorf teachers love learning and are able to share their enthusiasm in a way that is absent from too many classrooms today. Students are exposed to an academically rigorous program in a way that makes learning fun. The Waldorf curriculum provides a remarkable education for children. The early childhood program provides the foundation that children need most for later educational excellence: curiosity about the world, a habit of exploration and a well-developed imagination. For five years, my son has received an exceptional education at Da Vinci Waldorf School. I have been impressed by the thoughtfulness with which the curriculum has been put together and with how engaging it makes advanced material. He has developed a deep trust and admiration for his teacher, who is...

Anonymous

Our children have attended Da Vinci Waldorf School for 5 years. Their experiences have inspired them to excel academically and have a real love of learning. They have been taught Spanish and German since Grade 1, been encouraged to play outside, been musicians since they were in preschool and have a reverence for life that I don’t see in our culture as often as I wish. If you want to have your children exceed and love school- this is the place.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2014-08-01T03:56:53+00:00
Our children have attended Da Vinci Waldorf School for 5 years. Their experiences have inspired them to excel academically and have a real love of learning. They have been taught Spanish and German since Grade 1, been encouraged to play outside, been musicians since they were in preschool and have a reverence for life that I don’t see in our culture as often as I wish. If you want to have your children exceed and love school- this is the place.

Candace B.

Why did we choose a Waldorf education? …. for the truth and beauty and results of the life-long benefits it will bring to our children. Cultures have always taught through the arts, movement, activities, and stories; it is how learning comes alive and social skills take hold and flourish. Waldorf education remains rich with academics, arts & music, socialization and respect for our natural world. A great education is one of the most powerful and important gifts we can give our children – it is a legacy.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2014-08-01T03:57:16+00:00
Why did we choose a Waldorf education? …. for the truth and beauty and results of the life-long benefits it will bring to our children. Cultures have always taught through the arts, movement, activities, and stories; it is how learning comes alive and social skills take hold and flourish. Waldorf education remains rich with academics, arts & music, socialization and respect for our natural world. A great education is one of the most powerful and important gifts we can give our children – it is a legacy.

Jane M.

Waldorf Schools Feed the Mind, Heart and Soul of a Gifted Child

Parents of gifted kids who are concerned with their children’s lack of challenge in the elementary school years should consider a Waldorf school. Without the need for pull-outs or acceleration, gifted kids will be fully engaged in a regular Waldorf classroom.
The content of the lessons draws on the essential knowledge that underlies all the branches of learning. The material is presented by the teacher with story, song, demonstrations and active participation. The children process what they’ve learned and retell and illustrate it in books they create at the level of complexity that they can handle.
Writing and drawing becomes as fluid and expressive as oral speech. Children are given regular opportunities to act in class productions, recite poetry and create oral presentations, growing over time in self-confidence and poise.
All children sing daily, play the recorder daily, study a stringed instrument and foreign languages, learn handwork and practice movement education. Two periods of outdoor recess enable children to move freely and take a mental and emotional break. For gifted kids who may excel academically but not in activities that require fine motor skills, visual-spatial perception and coordination, the Waldorf curriculum provides daily developmental challenges that help children overcome weaknesses as well as hone their strengths. In a joyful and relaxed environment, Waldorf educators promote the child’s well-being and healthy development in all dimensions: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.
Ideally, a child will have one teacher from 1st through 8th grade in a Waldorf school. A parent with an open mind willing to work with a Waldorf teacher will find a knowledgeable, impassioned and committed partner devoted to helping each child’s talents unfold over time. The rich content of daily lessons, the variety of activities in each day’s schedule and the encouragement of imagination, curiosity and self-expression all ensure that the gifted child will be challenged and engaged in a Waldorf classroom. Curiosity and love of learning will remain unquenched as the heart and soul of a gifted child is fed.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2014-08-02T03:57:35+00:00
Waldorf Schools Feed the Mind, Heart and Soul of a Gifted Child Parents of gifted kids who are concerned with their children’s lack of challenge in the elementary school years should consider a Waldorf school. Without the need for pull-outs or acceleration, gifted kids will be fully engaged in a regular Waldorf classroom. The content of the lessons draws on the essential knowledge that underlies all the branches of learning. The material is presented by the teacher with story, song, demonstrations and active participation. The children process what they’ve learned and retell and illustrate it in books they create at the level of complexity that they can handle. Writing and drawing becomes as fluid and expressive as oral speech. Children are given regular opportunities to act in class productions, recite poetry and create oral presentations, growing over time in self-confidence and poise. All children sing daily, play the recorder daily, study a stringed instrument and foreign languages, learn handwork and practice movement education. Two periods of outdoor recess enable children to move freely and take a mental and emotional break. For gifted kids who may excel academically but not in activities that require fine motor skills, visual-spatial perception and coordination, the Waldorf curriculum provides daily developmental challenges that help children overcome weaknesses as well as hone their strengths. In a joyful and relaxed environment, Waldorf educators promote the child’s well-being and healthy development in all dimensions: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. Ideally, a child will have one teacher from 1st through 8th grade in a Waldorf school. A parent with an open mind willing to work with a Waldorf teacher will find a knowledgeable, impassioned and committed partner devoted to helping each child’s talents unfold over time. The rich content of daily lessons, the variety of activities in each day’s...

Lynda W.

"My daughter graduated from this school. It's not an exaggeration to say that enrolling her at Da Vinci in the middle of 4th grade changed the course of her life and the life of our entire family. She had NOT been getting what she desperately needed and hungered for from the local public schools despite ALL my involvement and pro-active work. At Da Vinci Waldof School, creative and independent thinkers are encouraged and rigorous academics are applied. Today I'm glad to report my daughter has grown into a strong, smart, motivated, caring, creative-thinker, problem-solver. Her future is branching off into many compassionate paths. It's wonderful to watch her infectious excitement about which way to go next. She has a confidence that goes way beyond her age. I know it's in part because of the foundation supplied her via her excellent Waldorf education."
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2015-11-24T06:44:14+00:00
"My daughter graduated from this school. It's not an exaggeration to say that enrolling her at Da Vinci in the middle of 4th grade changed the course of her life and the life of our entire family. She had NOT been getting what she desperately needed and hungered for from the local public schools despite ALL my involvement and pro-active work. At Da Vinci Waldof School, creative and independent thinkers are encouraged and rigorous academics are applied. Today I'm glad to report my daughter has grown into a strong, smart, motivated, caring, creative-thinker, problem-solver. Her future is branching off into many compassionate paths. It's wonderful to watch her infectious excitement about which way to go next. She has a confidence that goes way beyond her age. I know it's in part because of the foundation supplied her via her excellent Waldorf education."

Randall C.

Both of our children attend Da Vinci Waldorf School. One is in the grades and the other is in Kindergarten. I cannot say enough good things about the well rounded education my kids are receiving at Da Vinci. Waldorf has instilled such creativity and a deep love of learning in both of my children.

They are not just learning facts and numbers. They are learning how to learn and how to think and do and create as well. My favorite example is when my older child started reading. He recently found a series of books he is just devouring. But, on top of his voracious reading, he is also applying the hands on skills he is learning at Waldorf by drawing his own images for the series and he is even now writing and binding his own stories.

I am the owner of a technology company. When I see my son and daughter learn a skill, then make the connection to roll up their sleeves and create something on their own, I get a big smile on my face and it shows me that they know how to apply the things they are learning.

I know my kids (like all kids) have an innate passion and curiosity for learning and the Da Vinci Waldorf School is the perfect place to help it grow.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T00:46:31+00:00
I cannot say enough good things about the well rounded education my kids are receiving at Da Vinci. Waldorf has instilled such creativity and a deep love of learning in both of my children. They are not just learning facts and numbers. They are learning how to learn and how to think and do and create as well.

Erich S.

My son is attending Da Vinci Waldorf School for his second year and I can honestly say I am a fan.The teachers and administrative staff have made us feel right at home and have helped my son acclimate to the Waldorf ways (we didn't start Waldorf education early on). It has been a lot of fun watching my son's imagination grow and his ability to tell stories verbally or through pictures is a joy to see. Sure it costs more than public school but I gladly pay it for this amazing education that he will continually grow upon for years to come.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
4.0
2017-09-09T01:27:05+00:00
My son is attending Da Vinci Waldorf School for his second year and I can honestly say I am a fan.The teachers and administrative staff have made us feel right at home and have helped my son acclimate to the Waldorf ways (we didn't start Waldorf education early on). It has been a lot of fun watching my son's imagination grow and his ability to tell stories verbally or through pictures is a joy to see. Sure it costs more than public school but I gladly pay it for this amazing education that he will continually grow upon for years to come.

Elisa K.

My son started attending Da Vinci when he was three. He will be in the fifth grade next year. Finding this school was a life-changer for him (and for me.) We were fortunate to begin in the Parent-Child program, which helped me to gradually let go, while allowing him to ease into a school setting over time, at his own pace. It was exactly what we both needed. Though my intention when we began our journey at Da Vinci was to send him there only for preschool, I soon couldn't imagine sending him anywhere else for Kindergarten or grade school. This school is different, in all the right ways. The Preschool/Kindergarten setting is incredibly nurturing, safe, calm, with lots of play, lots of outside time, and a focus on letting a child be a child. In the grades, I love how the children learn by DOING. They don't simply hear or read about things, they roll up their sleeves and they DO it, whether it's go to the farm, perform community service, built a clay oven, build a structure while learning about homes, dig a hole, plant a garden, and so much more. It has been an amazing journey as a parent to see my child blossom into a confident, capable young man in an environment that focuses on freeing him of impediments and blockades to success. You won't find any standardized tests here. You will find lots of music, art of all kinds integrated into every subject, and a set of teachers that meet each child where he is and truly teach him from the inside out. We couldn't be happier!
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T01:29:53+00:00
My son started attending Da Vinci when he was three. He will be in the fifth grade next year. Finding this school was a life-changer for him (and for me.) We were fortunate to begin in the Parent-Child program, which helped me to gradually let go, while allowing him to ease into a school setting over time, at his own pace. It was exactly what we both needed. Though my intention when we began our journey at Da Vinci was to send him there only for preschool, I soon couldn't imagine sending him anywhere else for Kindergarten or grade school. This school is different, in all the right ways. The Preschool/Kindergarten setting is incredibly nurturing, safe, calm, with lots of play, lots of outside time, and a focus on letting a child be a child. In the grades, I love how the children learn by DOING. They don't simply hear or read about things, they roll up their sleeves and they DO it, whether it's go to the farm, perform community service, built a clay oven, build a structure while learning about homes, dig a hole, plant a garden, and so much more. It has been an amazing journey as a parent to see my child blossom into a confident, capable young man in an environment that focuses on freeing him of impediments and blockades to success. You won't find any standardized tests here. You will find lots of music, art of all kinds integrated into every subject, and a set of teachers that meet each child where he is and truly teach him from the inside out. We couldn't be happier!

Nilo D.

Our daughter has been attending Da Vinci Waldorf for 4 years. She has had the most incredible experience from the very beginning. The integration of both the sciences and arts has provided our daughter the opportunity to learn and express herself through creative thinking and experience based learning. The teachers are incredible, passionate and extraordinary.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T01:31:38+00:00
Our daughter has been attending Da Vinci Waldorf for 4 years. She has had the most incredible experience from the very beginning. The integration of both the sciences and arts has provided our daughter the opportunity to learn and express herself through creative thinking and experience based learning. The teachers are incredible, passionate and extraordinary.

Greg K.

Great program run by competent and caring staff. I have two boys here and I can honestly say this year has been the best.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T01:32:14+00:00
Great program run by competent and caring staff. I have two boys here and I can honestly say this year has been the best.

Joseph A.

As a parent of a Da Vinci Waldorf School current student and one graduate, I am thrilled with the education my children have received. The intimate classroom setting allows for personal student/teacher interaction. My children are being educated in a manner encompassing all aspects of their being. Music, art, handwork, and theater as well as the sciences and math are core Waldorf curriculum subjects. Da Vinci Waldorf School is doing an amazing job in preparing my children for a future where critical thinking is requisite. I highly recommend Da Vinci to any parent considering an alternative education.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T01:33:18+00:00
As a parent of a Da Vinci Waldorf School current student and one graduate, I am thrilled with the education my children have received. The intimate classroom setting allows for personal student/teacher interaction. My children are being educated in a manner encompassing all aspects of their being. Music, art, handwork, and theater as well as the sciences and math are core Waldorf curriculum subjects. Da Vinci Waldorf School is doing an amazing job in preparing my children for a future where critical thinking is requisite. I highly recommend Da Vinci to any parent considering an alternative education.

Susan L.

My daughter started at Water's Edge in the Parent Child class when she was two. She is now in middle school at Water's Edge, and I can see the positive results of giving her more time in the early childhood years for play. This has really allowed her imagination to flourish and made her a creative thinker. She is now an avid reader, is learning two foreign languages, plays several instruments, is an accomplished writer and artist, and brings what she has learned in the sciences and history into her everyday conversation. This school has small class sizes, excellent teachers, and a warm community. I recommend it highly.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T01:34:25+00:00
My daughter started at Water's Edge in the Parent Child class when she was two. She is now in middle school at Water's Edge, and I can see the positive results of giving her more time in the early childhood years for play. This has really allowed her imagination to flourish and made her a creative thinker. She is now an avid reader, is learning two foreign languages, plays several instruments, is an accomplished writer and artist, and brings what she has learned in the sciences and history into her everyday conversation. This school has small class sizes, excellent teachers, and a warm community. I recommend it highly.

Kendra H.

If you want your child to have a REAL learning experience, Da Vinci Waldorf is your school!
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T01:36:34+00:00
If you want your child to have a REAL learning experience, Da Vinci Waldorf is your school!

M. M.

We have been thrilled with the experience our four children have had at Da Vinci Waldorf School. The focus at DVWS is on educating the whole child, and unlocking their own desire to learn and explore the world. There is a focus on integrating various types of learning, including outdoor play, handwork, foreign language and music, along with traditional courses like science, literature and history, that causes children to be engaged, balanced, and happy. My kids love to go to school every day, and I think that is the best testament you can give for any school. My oldest, a graduate of DVWS, is now a flourishing junior at Barrington High School and is successfully pursuing his dream of attending a top engineering school after graduation. All my children are avid readers and learners that appreciate the power and beauty of the written word, love the outdoors and are comfortable and adaptable in life. For parents that feel that their children could be better learners and happier people in a different school system, Da Vinci Waldorf School offers a compelling option.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T01:38:41+00:00
We have been thrilled with the experience our four children have had at Da Vinci Waldorf School. The focus at DVWS is on educating the whole child, and unlocking their own desire to learn and explore the world. There is a focus on integrating various types of learning, including outdoor play, handwork, foreign language and music, along with traditional courses like science, literature and history, that causes children to be engaged, balanced, and happy. My kids love to go to school every day, and I think that is the best testament you can give for any school. My oldest, a graduate of DVWS, is now a flourishing junior at Barrington High School and is successfully pursuing his dream of attending a top engineering school after graduation. All my children are avid readers and learners that appreciate the power and beauty of the written word, love the outdoors and are comfortable and adaptable in life. For parents that feel that their children could be better learners and happier people in a different school system, Da Vinci Waldorf School offers a compelling option.

Anonymous

This school is remarkable. My daughter attended Water's Edge, re-named Da Vinci Waldorf School, from preschool through 8th grade. She is now a sophomore at our local public high school, and she could not have been better prepared. She took so much from her Waldorf education with her into high school, including an abiding love of learning, the ability to make connections between different subjects and ideas, deep and broad curiosity about the world, and strong communication and people skills. She is an accomplished artist, writer, and actor, as well as a versatile musician who can play several instruments, sing, and write music. She can speak both German and Spanish, and is an honor student in English, math, science, and history. Da Vinci Waldorf also gave her confidence and authenticity born of real experience doing real things---building an earth oven, sewing clothing, farming, serving in a soup kitchen---that have helped build her strong character and caring heart. Highly recommend this wonderful school.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T01:40:05+00:00
This school is remarkable. My daughter attended Water's Edge, re-named Da Vinci Waldorf School, from preschool through 8th grade. She is now a sophomore at our local public high school, and she could not have been better prepared. She took so much from her Waldorf education with her into high school, including an abiding love of learning, the ability to make connections between different subjects and ideas, deep and broad curiosity about the world, and strong communication and people skills. She is an accomplished artist, writer, and actor, as well as a versatile musician who can play several instruments, sing, and write music. She can speak both German and Spanish, and is an honor student in English, math, science, and history. Da Vinci Waldorf also gave her confidence and authenticity born of real experience doing real things---building an earth oven, sewing clothing, farming, serving in a soup kitchen---that have helped build her strong character and caring heart. Highly recommend this wonderful school.

Anonymous

My eighth grade daughter, who has grown up in this school from our early days in the parent-child classes, just returned from a "Vision Quest" outdoor adventure experience with her fellow eighth grade students. This school has kept her intellectually engaged, artistically inspired, and has taught her the value of service to our world through the varied service learning projects. Nowhere else, nowhere, will a child have such a rich experience of living and learning! From the exceptional early childhood kindergarten program, which gave her a rich base of outdoor and creative play, storytelling, and practical activities, to the eight grade school years of class plays, wonderful class trips, engaged learning, challenges where she needed challenges and encouragement when she needed support, our journey has been outstanding. She will venture into public high school a stronger, more confident young woman. After fourteen years as a public grade school teacher, this independent, non-government school won my heart. I knew it was a place striving to do what is best for children, and it has exceeded my expectation and stood the test of time with my family.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T01:41:29+00:00
My eighth grade daughter, who has grown up in this school from our early days in the parent-child classes, just returned from a "Vision Quest" outdoor adventure experience with her fellow eighth grade students. This school has kept her intellectually engaged, artistically inspired, and has taught her the value of service to our world through the varied service learning projects. Nowhere else, nowhere, will a child have such a rich experience of living and learning! From the exceptional early childhood kindergarten program, which gave her a rich base of outdoor and creative play, storytelling, and practical activities, to the eight grade school years of class plays, wonderful class trips, engaged learning, challenges where she needed challenges and encouragement when she needed support, our journey has been outstanding. She will venture into public high school a stronger, more confident young woman. After fourteen years as a public grade school teacher, this independent, non-government school won my heart. I knew it was a place striving to do what is best for children, and it has exceeded my expectation and stood the test of time with my family.

Anonymous

Author Catherine Steiner-Adair states in her book, The Big Disconnect, "New research on school readiness at five years old and on how to evaluate a preschool points heavily to the quality of relationships a child has in preschool as more important than what he or she learns there academically." My children have these quality relationships with their teachers at DVWS and they thrive with the love and care. Our entire family does. Thanks for all the love and care!
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T01:58:49+00:00
Author Catherine Steiner-Adair states in her book, The Big Disconnect, "New research on school readiness at five years old and on how to evaluate a preschool points heavily to the quality of relationships a child has in preschool as more important than what he or she learns there academically." My children have these quality relationships with their teachers at DVWS and they thrive with the love and care. Our entire family does. Thanks for all the love and care!

Anonymous

The Da Vinci Waldorf School as made such a difference in my life and the lives of my children. As a mother other of a second, fourth and fifth grader at the school, the Da Vinci Waldorf school has: provided a place for my three children to thrive, express their creativity and learn how to learn; allowed them to learn without many of the pressures of a public school environment, giving them an opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them; found ways of teaching to each unique personality allowing each to learn and grow; enabled our family to enjoy more quality time after school and on the weekends without the pressure of excessive homework and test preparation; incorporated art, movement and music into all areas of learning and infused it into our daily lives extended the notion of family and commitment into their experience of education, thereby enhancing their connectedness to each other and their living world. I highly recommend the Da Vinci Waldorf School.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:03:24+00:00
The Da Vinci Waldorf School as made such a difference in my life and the lives of my children. As a mother other of a second, fourth and fifth grader at the school, the Da Vinci Waldorf school has: provided a place for my three children to thrive, express their creativity and learn how to learn; allowed them to learn without many of the pressures of a public school environment, giving them an opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them; found ways of teaching to each unique personality allowing each to learn and grow; enabled our family to enjoy more quality time after school and on the weekends without the pressure of excessive homework and test preparation; incorporated art, movement and music into all areas of learning and infused it into our daily lives extended the notion of family and commitment into their experience of education, thereby enhancing their connectedness to each other and their living world. I highly recommend the Da Vinci Waldorf School.

Anonymous

Our daughter has been attending Da Vinci Waldorf for 4 years since kindergarten. She has had the most incredible experience from the very beginning. The integration of both the sciences and arts has provided our daughter the opportunity to learn and express herself through creative thinking and experience based learning. The teachers are incredible, passionate and extraordinary.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:04:13+00:00
Our daughter has been attending Da Vinci Waldorf for 4 years since kindergarten. She has had the most incredible experience from the very beginning. The integration of both the sciences and arts has provided our daughter the opportunity to learn and express herself through creative thinking and experience based learning. The teachers are incredible, passionate and extraordinary.

Anonymous

Wonderful, the teachers not only educate, they are helping my child into a loving, caring, and thoughtful young adult.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:04:48+00:00
Wonderful, the teachers not only educate, they are helping my child into a loving, caring, and thoughtful young adult.

Anonymous

Humble school. Teachers care about the students and there's a lot of parent involvement. Every teacher takes time to get to know all the parents, regardless of the class. This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect. This school teaches students to help and respect one another. They bake bread and cook soup, they serve each other and help each other clean up. Teachers at this school are effective. My daughter loves her teacher. Teachers made us feel welcome. All kids are treated well.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:06:50+00:00
Humble school. Teachers care about the students and there's a lot of parent involvement. Every teacher takes time to get to know all the parents, regardless of the class. This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect. This school teaches students to help and respect one another. They bake bread and cook soup, they serve each other and help each other clean up. Teachers at this school are effective. My daughter loves her teacher. Teachers made us feel welcome. All kids are treated well.

Anonymous Teacher

The Waldorf curriculum is the backbone of this school. Rather than a method that can become popular or temporary, this school is based on the development of the child. Every lesson and activity is chosen based on the child's developmental readiness. This allows young children to learn through play and social interaction.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:07:49+00:00
The Waldorf curriculum is the backbone of this school. Rather than a method that can become popular or temporary, this school is based on the development of the child. Every lesson and activity is chosen based on the child's developmental readiness. This allows young children to learn through play and social interaction.

Anonymous Parent

I am the owner of a technology company and the parent of two preschool children at Da Vinci Waldorf and I can't say enough great things about the teachers and the environment. My kids absolutely love going to school every morning. Unlike many schools, the kids spend a lot of time outside both on the huge playground and going on walks in the woods. I can see firsthand, their coordination and wills growing stronger and stronger. The teachers truly care about each and every child and it shows. There is a great rhythm to the day which allows the children to become active participants in all aspects including cleanup time. I also like that 4, 5 and 6 year old are in class together. The 6 year olds are generally the leaders in the class and set great examples for the younger kids. I can't say enough good things about this school. In a world where school is becoming more and more synonymous with trying to stuff more and more information into a kids' brain, Waldorf offers a nice balance, focusing on a child's mind, body and soul.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:08:58+00:00
I am the owner of a technology company and the parent of two preschool children at Da Vinci Waldorf and I can't say enough great things about the teachers and the environment. My kids absolutely love going to school every morning. Unlike many schools, the kids spend a lot of time outside both on the huge playground and going on walks in the woods. I can see firsthand, their coordination and wills growing stronger and stronger. The teachers truly care about each and every child and it shows. There is a great rhythm to the day which allows the children to become active participants in all aspects including cleanup time. I also like that 4, 5 and 6 year old are in class together. The 6 year olds are generally the leaders in the class and set great examples for the younger kids. I can't say enough good things about this school. In a world where school is becoming more and more synonymous with trying to stuff more and more information into a kids' brain, Waldorf offers a nice balance, focusing on a child's mind, body and soul.

Anonymous Parent

We first came to parent-child and early childhood for the warm, rich, nurturing environment. We've stayed for the grades because my children get to learn in a way that is appropriate for where they're at developmentally. They have outside play at least twice a day, music and art are a permanent part of the curriculum, math and science are taught in a way that my child understands. The faculty and staff know and take a personal interest in the success and well being of my children. We just love it!
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:09:39+00:00
We first came to parent-child and early childhood for the warm, rich, nurturing environment. We've stayed for the grades because my children get to learn in a way that is appropriate for where they're at developmentally. They have outside play at least twice a day, music and art are a permanent part of the curriculum, math and science are taught in a way that my child understands. The faculty and staff know and take a personal interest in the success and well being of my children. We just love it!

Anonymous Parent

The Waldorf approach is the best way to educating children, especially in today's turbulent times. My son is getting all the essentials of a basic education -- the three Rs -- plus more. Music, drama, painting, handwork, two foreign languages, and the ability to think creatively and solve problems. In a world that's changing ever so fast, these children will be the best equipped to deal with it calmly and strongly. Da Vinci Waldorf School (previously Water's Edge Waldorf School) is doing a wonderful job of preparing these children to solve tomorrow's crises.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:11:08+00:00
The Waldorf approach is the best way to educating children, especially in today's turbulent times. My son is getting all the essentials of a basic education -- the three Rs -- plus more. Music, drama, painting, handwork, two foreign languages, and the ability to think creatively and solve problems. In a world that's changing ever so fast, these children will be the best equipped to deal with it calmly and strongly. Da Vinci Waldorf School (previously Water's Edge Waldorf School) is doing a wonderful job of preparing these children to solve tomorrow's crises.

Anonymous

Da Vinci Waldorf School (previously Water's Edge Waldorf School) doesn't simply force information for the sake of memorizing and repeating. Instead, it promotes the development of the whole child by teaching hands-on, building a rounded education of real-world skills and understanding and innovation. My children are learning to think for themselves, to understand and be able to express what they are learning. I wish all children had the same opportunity. I wish all children could grow in a world populated by such thinkers...
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:12:47+00:00
Da Vinci Waldorf School (previously Water's Edge Waldorf School) doesn't simply force information for the sake of memorizing and repeating. Instead, it promotes the development of the whole child by teaching hands-on, building a rounded education of real-world skills and understanding and innovation. My children are learning to think for themselves, to understand and be able to express what they are learning. I wish all children had the same opportunity. I wish all children could grow in a world populated by such thinkers...

Anonymous Parent

Da Vinci Waldorf School (previously Water's Edge Waldorf School) is more than a school for my two children. It is a place where we have found a community of friends and teachers with whom we share a passion for academic excellence in an environment that preserves the children s innocence, accentuates their creativity and imagination, and inspires a profound reverence for human kind and nature. We embarked on this journey three years ago after informing ourselves about Waldorf education. We are confident that this unique and holistic educational approach is what our children need. I often think and have heard from other parents at Water s Edge how lucky our children are for being immersed in such a magical and unique program. Many have said that they wish they had had the opportunity to attend a Waldorf school. Everyday I witness how creative and imaginative my daughters have become. They often play and invent or retell stories and songs using simple objects (silks, rocks, wood, water, leaves and soil) both indoors as well as outdoors. We as parents are committed to help and guide our children to develop their full potential in life and face the world with an open mind and heart. This school and its community are without a doubt are best allies to achieve this priceless goal.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:13:57+00:00
Da Vinci Waldorf School (previously Water's Edge Waldorf School) is more than a school for my two children. It is a place where we have found a community of friends and teachers with whom we share a passion for academic excellence in an environment that preserves the children s innocence, accentuates their creativity and imagination, and inspires a profound reverence for human kind and nature. We embarked on this journey three years ago after informing ourselves about Waldorf education. We are confident that this unique and holistic educational approach is what our children need. I often think and have heard from other parents at Water s Edge how lucky our children are for being immersed in such a magical and unique program. Many have said that they wish they had had the opportunity to attend a Waldorf school. Everyday I witness how creative and imaginative my daughters have become. They often play and invent or retell stories and songs using simple objects (silks, rocks, wood, water, leaves and soil) both indoors as well as outdoors. We as parents are committed to help and guide our children to develop their full potential in life and face the world with an open mind and heart. This school and its community are without a doubt are best allies to achieve this priceless goal.

Anonymous Parent

In preschool, my daughter got to bake bread, garden, sew, finger knit, spend time in nature and listen to wonderful stories told by the teacher or presented in puppet plays. She ate nutritious snacks that she helped to prepare. She built imaginary worlds with other children and developed excellent social skills. At the time, I did not realize that all of this was actually designed to prepare her academically for a successful grade school experience. She is now in 5th grade at Da Vinci Waldorf School (previously Water's Edge Waldorf School). She is learning German and Spanish, violin and recorder, and she is even knitting socks on 5 needles! Besides this, she is studying ancient civilizations, botany and geometry. She s a happy child who writes, sings, and performs with confidence, and loves learning. The Waldorf philosophy of 'the right thing at the right time really pays off. I am so thankful to have found Water s Edge!
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:14:59+00:00
In preschool, my daughter got to bake bread, garden, sew, finger knit, spend time in nature and listen to wonderful stories told by the teacher or presented in puppet plays. She ate nutritious snacks that she helped to prepare. She built imaginary worlds with other children and developed excellent social skills. At the time, I did not realize that all of this was actually designed to prepare her academically for a successful grade school experience. She is now in 5th grade at Da Vinci Waldorf School (previously Water's Edge Waldorf School). She is learning German and Spanish, violin and recorder, and she is even knitting socks on 5 needles! Besides this, she is studying ancient civilizations, botany and geometry. She s a happy child who writes, sings, and performs with confidence, and loves learning. The Waldorf philosophy of 'the right thing at the right time really pays off. I am so thankful to have found Water s Edge!

Anonymous Parent

My children have been attending this school for three years. They are both healthy, happy, and excited to go to school each day. The grade school curriculum meets their developmental needs. While reading was later than friends in public school, my oldest went right into chapter books within a few months of independent reading. The music and art programs give my boys a way to be creative which they love.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:16:12+00:00
My children have been attending this school for three years. They are both healthy, happy, and excited to go to school each day. The grade school curriculum meets their developmental needs. While reading was later than friends in public school, my oldest went right into chapter books within a few months of independent reading. The music and art programs give my boys a way to be creative which they love.

Randall

I am a parent of two children. One currently in 2nd grade and the other in Kindergarten. My wife has been a strong proponent of a Waldorf education for a long time but my path was slower. I am the owner of a software company and I am a product of Public Schooling. We also live in Barrington where the schools are excellent. As much as I loved Waldorf for my kids in Pre-K and Kindergarten, I thought public school would be a better option come first grade.I ended up reversing paths and am sending my kids to Waldorf for the grades as well. I couldn't be happier with my decision and I am starting to see the benefits of a Waldorf education. Specifically, I see a passion and love of learning in my children that just seems to grow and grow. Because a Waldorf education is so hands on and experiential, I see my kids soaking in the lessons and then creating on their own. Example: My son has recently become an avid reader. But, beyond just reading, he is now also drawing his own pictures for the book series he fell in love with and he is also writing and binding little books for us to read.I've head stats thrown around that 80% of the jobs our kids will have, don't yet exist today. While that number seems high to me, there is a strong point here all the same. We don't know what the future holds. I want my children to always have a thirst for knowledge and I want them to be able to grow and think and create for themselves. With these skills, they will make good decisions and be an asset to any team.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:20:03+00:00
I am a parent of two children. One currently in 2nd grade and the other in Kindergarten. My wife has been a strong proponent of a Waldorf education for a long time but my path was slower. I am the owner of a software company and I am a product of Public Schooling. We also live in Barrington where the schools are excellent. As much as I loved Waldorf for my kids in Pre-K and Kindergarten, I thought public school would be a better option come first grade.I ended up reversing paths and am sending my kids to Waldorf for the grades as well. I couldn't be happier with my decision and I am starting to see the benefits of a Waldorf education. Specifically, I see a passion and love of learning in my children that just seems to grow and grow. Because a Waldorf education is so hands on and experiential, I see my kids soaking in the lessons and then creating on their own. Example: My son has recently become an avid reader. But, beyond just reading, he is now also drawing his own pictures for the book series he fell in love with and he is also writing and binding little books for us to read.I've head stats thrown around that 80% of the jobs our kids will have, don't yet exist today. While that number seems high to me, there is a strong point here all the same. We don't know what the future holds. I want my children to always have a thirst for knowledge and I want them to be able to grow and think and create for themselves. With these skills, they will make good decisions and be an asset to any team.

Waldorf Mom

My now high school junior had a wonderful experience at Da Vinci from Pre-k through 8th grade. She was very well rounded and confident when entering public high school. Two of her AP teachers noted in conferences how inquisitive and thoughtful her approach to learning science and history was. While many things create the success of students, I believe this school was instrumental in forming her attitude, connectedness, and critical thinking skills.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:20:42+00:00
My now high school junior had a wonderful experience at Da Vinci from Pre-k through 8th grade. She was very well rounded and confident when entering public high school. Two of her AP teachers noted in conferences how inquisitive and thoughtful her approach to learning science and history was. While many things create the success of students, I believe this school was instrumental in forming her attitude, connectedness, and critical thinking skills.

John G.

My daughter attended Da Vinci Waldorf School (formerly Water's Edge Waldorf School) from preschool through 8th grade. She now attends our local public high school. She loved school at Da Vinci and never wanted to miss a single day. She took this love of learning with her to high school, and she was very well-prepared. At Da Vinci, she learned two foreign languages, learned to play several instruments, sing, and write music, learned to knit, speak before an audience, debate, act, paint, sculpt. All this in addition to receiving an excellent classical education in history, the sciences, math, and English that prepared her for the honors track in high school. I cannot say enough about this wonderful school.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:21:36+00:00
My daughter attended Da Vinci Waldorf School (formerly Water's Edge Waldorf School) from preschool through 8th grade. She now attends our local public high school. She loved school at Da Vinci and never wanted to miss a single day. She took this love of learning with her to high school, and she was very well-prepared. At Da Vinci, she learned two foreign languages, learned to play several instruments, sing, and write music, learned to knit, speak before an audience, debate, act, paint, sculpt. All this in addition to receiving an excellent classical education in history, the sciences, math, and English that prepared her for the honors track in high school. I cannot say enough about this wonderful school.

J.D.A.

My daughter is a living example of the quality results this school produces. After struggling in 3 public and private schools, she entered Da Vinci in the 7th grade. She graduated a confident and mature student ready to enter high school. The individual, one-on-one attention she received is unparalleled. I strongly encourage any parent considering private education to visit Da Vinci and take a tour. This is the gem of an educational experience you've been searching for.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:22:46+00:00
My daughter is a living example of the quality results this school produces. After struggling in 3 public and private schools, she entered Da Vinci in the 7th grade. She graduated a confident and mature student ready to enter high school. The individual, one-on-one attention she received is unparalleled. I strongly encourage any parent considering private education to visit Da Vinci and take a tour. This is the gem of an educational experience you've been searching for.

H. H.

This is a wonderful place. My children love going to school every day and cry on the last day. It gives them so much more than just an education. My children are turning into the kind of young adults that I only though happened in dreams.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:23:20+00:00
This is a wonderful place. My children love going to school every day and cry on the last day. It gives them so much more than just an education. My children are turning into the kind of young adults that I only though happened in dreams.

Donna

This is a little school with a big heart! Excellent service learning opportunities for my children, theater productions, academically engaging experiences, and a music program that has enlivened my children. The love their peers and teachers.
Da Vinci Waldorf School
5.0
2017-09-09T02:24:01+00:00
This is a little school with a big heart! Excellent service learning opportunities for my children, theater productions, academically engaging experiences, and a music program that has enlivened my children. The love their peers and teachers.
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