On a recent morning, my mind was wandering, and I want to share with you some of my thoughts. People often ask me, why aren’t your kids at the public school. How did you decide on Waldorf High School? What kind of school is that? Why does Waldorf High School work for your children? Why do parents choose this school? I might be able to shed some light on some of these questions.
Choosing Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay (WHS) I had many initial worries! Sending my son to WHS was an experiment for me. A very scary experiment – my belly was in knots, physically I was full of anxiety. What am I doing, why am I doing it? Would he get into a good college? I had moved to this town for the school system. Would he be challenged academically? How is the science? Is there rigor? Will he learn what is necessary and equal to a strong high school scholastic tenure?
Well, now I have some data from my experiment. My son graduated in 2011. He was accepted to 5 excellent colleges, and to my astonishment, some have offered substantial scholarships! How did that happen? What is the magic? What worked for him at Waldorf High School?
OK, here is the MAGIC, the secret to a very small school called Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay (WHS); and I saw it start to happen within two weeks of his entrance into the school, and continue to bloom and bloom and bloom. It IS a small school. The beauty is that everything is quickly and immediately accessible and each activity is not only there but needs you. Kids do not have to navigate, search, figure out … there is clarity about their choices, and each kid can easily participate. There isn’t much of a hurdle, if one at all, to make these things happen, they just do.
Everyone can play sports and have lots of playing time; everyone has to sing; everyone has to act; everyone has to be involved in the community.
And here is maybe the most amazing thing – my son went to Lima Peru for three months, lived with a family and went to Lima Waldorf High School. And, then we had our exchange student in our house. We loved him. We loved that our son had the opportunity for total immersion and came back speaking Spanish rather well!
In the local public school with 2000 kids he may have ended up in a club, an activity or social scene that could have been rewarding but there is no way of knowing… what I do know is that at WHS he remained his essential self and more. He became self-motivated, a leader, a better athlete, an actor, a singer, a musician, a good friend, a traveler and a life long learner.
Waldorf High School is dedicated to helping teenagers become their best selves through awakening and fostering in our students:
- clear, informed, and heartfelt thinking;
- creativity and inquiry;
- compassion for and interest in the world and in each other; and
- a well-founded belief in their abilities and the will to use them.
Guided by a faculty dedicated to knowing every student, our students make their own discoveries, instead of having formulas delivered to them. We ask our students to observe and to call on their own powers of analysis to find out why things are the way they are. We guide them to explore learning with their minds, their voices, their eyes, and their hands.