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A Comparison of Waldorf and Public School

»Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Curriculum, Research | 1 comment

IMG952375When parents are researching private schools, the myriad of options and different educational philosophies can sometimes be overwhelming. Many of our prospective parents are considering transitioning their children from public school into a Waldorf Education. And so, the question becomes, “What exactly is the difference between my child’s current experience and Waldorf?”

One might generally summarize the differences in this way: Waldorf puts high value in art, critical thinking, and creativity and does not pursue academic instruction before the age of seven. Public school puts a high value on standard and measurable academics, with a focus on math and reading starting at age five.

But this does not shed much light on the multi-layered and nuanced approaches of each system. In an effort to clarify, we have created this chart describing similarities and differences in each educational system. But, for true clarification about these methods and their appropriateness for your child, visit schools in your area and experience in-session classroom visits.



No matter what type of education is right for your child is up to you and your family, we encourage you to tour a Waldorf school while class is in session to experience Waldorf education first hand. Learn More HERE if you’d like to visit Spring Garden Waldorf of Northeast Ohio.











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Calamity Day Make-Up

»Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

Dear Parents,
Spring Garden Waldorf 2014 Auction CatalogThe snow and bitter cold of winter caused us to miss a total of seven days of school this year, two more than we are allowed by Ohio state law. Even though the recently passed House Bill 416 gives Ohio’s school district four additional calamity days, those four days are not to be used until the district uses four contingency days. For that reason, we are required to make up two of our calamity days. Our make-up days will be May 5 and 6, two days that we had set aside for parent-teacher conferences. How will this work?
     - School will be in session May 5 and 6 from 8:30 a.m. (normal start time) until 2:00 p.m.
     - Parent-teacher conferences will not be required for all parents, but will be available on
          request by parent or teacher
     - Conference times will be scheduled on May 5 and 6 between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
          Sign-up sheets will be posted outside the office.
     - Aftercare will be available from 2:00 until 6:00, as on any early dismissal day
If you would like to schedule a parent-teacher conference and no sign-up time is available, please contact your child’s teacher directly. All written assessments for students will be distributed to parents in early June.
Thank you for your support of this schedule change.
Tracy Edwards
Administrative Team Leader


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25th Annual Auction Catalog

»Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in School News | 0 comments

Browse of catalog for the 2014 Spring Garden Waldorf Auction.

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Making the Transition to First Grade

»Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Curriculum, Early Childhood, School News | 0 comments

Rose2012-22Join Us! Learn More About Waldorf First Grade Curriculum

When: April 8th 9 a.m.-10 a.m. or April 8th 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Mr. Gannon, an experienced Waldorf teacher, has graciously offered to give a talk for parents. His talk will cover how skills and curriculum are approached in the first grade. This is an exceptional opportunity to educate yourself on how Waldorf education meets the needs of the child by presenting developmentally appropriate material, or, as we like to say, “the right thing at the right time”.

This event is FREE and open to all SGWS families as well as the greater community. We hope you are able to join us for this informative presentation. Please feel free to bring friends, family or acquaintances who would like to learn more.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Class 8 American History

»Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Curriculum | 0 comments

Class 8 at Spring Garden Waldorf School studies American History from the Industrial Revolution to Modern Day. This subject is taught with special care taken to study outstanding leaders such as Lincoln, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr and other prominent figures who are outstanding (in sometimes less than ideal ways).

By the end of eighth grade, our goal is to have helped developed academically, socially and morally well rounded young adults, ready to enter the larger world and contribute with critical thinking, courage and compassion.

We wanted to highlight some beautiful art done for the History main lesson block this year. It was created by Spring Garden’s current Class 8 teacher, Ms. Marie Paul, who is also a founder of our school.


Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson



Hitler and Stalin

Hitler and Stalin





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