Marin Waldorf School

Contact: Katie Alomia, Admissions Coordinator (415) 479-8190 ext. 102

Pre-k through 8th grade
Parent Toddler programs also available.
Preschool schedule: 8:30 am to 12:45 pm .
For an additional fee, aftercare is available until 3:15 pm or 5:30 pm.

Location

755 Idlyberry Rd
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: 415-479-8190 x102
5
Average: 5 (5 votes)

Comments

Marin Waldorf School: what a wonderful experience

5

This is the best school I could have ever chosen for my kids. I toured almost 20 schools in Marin before deciding that this was the one. Beautiful campus, nurturing teachers, excellent community. My children are flourishing in ways I could have never imagined. My 3 1/2 year old is fully bilingual already since his preschool teacher Miss Melinda uses both English and Spanish in the classroom.

Simplicity and Creativity

7.05

The preschool experience we have had at Marin Waldorf School has been pure magic.

Our daughter has had two years of preschool and what strikes me almost daily is how much in harmony the children are with each other, with their teachers and in this natural, beautiful and simple environment. There are redwood groves, oak trees and the most amazing, natural play yard you could possibly want.

We are pretty mainstream parents and weren't looking for an "alternative education" per se...and we didn't know a lot about Waldorf. We toured and saw what was happening in the early childhood wing of the school (there is also a grade and middle school at Marin Waldorf) and liked the magical feel of the place right away. We wanted some place where our children would be nurtured and allowed to unfold without all the pseudo-academic pressures that seem to be on children at younger and younger ages. There is time for that and we have observed how beautifully the academics within the older graders unfold, too. Much to our surprise and delight, we are considering a Waldorf education for the long term.

We have come to respect and appreciate what so many of the modern studies about child development and neuroscience now affirm (that is also part of the Waldorf approach). Less really is more. Everything will be taught to the children in due time...it is much less rush-rush. And yes, less media has been a real gift...we were a PBS kids family and bravely tried weaning the children off TV and videos and surprise! they don't miss it and play together better than ever.

Yes, as you can already tell, we would recommend this preschool!

We love this school

5

We love this school! My daughter attended two years of kindergarten at Marin Waldorf School and is currently in 1st grade. She absolutely LOVED kindergarten and is very happy at the school. I toured several schools and ultimately chose this one because it best aligns with my values: environmental sustainability, what is best for the whole child (mental, physical, social/emotional), making learning interesting instead of boring and rote, and the importance of “healthy living” - good nutrition, adequate sleep, limiting media, physical activity, helping with household chores, etc. This is a wholesome place. The students are really happy here.

So much of what is practiced at Waldorf schools is now being supported by research in neuroscience about what helps kids learn. It breaks my heart to think of kids in other schools who have to sit still in desks for long periods of time listening to lectures. The teachers here use multi-modal teaching techniques to more fully engage the child – for example, in first grade they go outside and jump rope to answer math problems, they learn Spanish through puppets and songs, etc. If you take a tour, you’ll see the kids don’t open textbooks and memorize things – instead they CREATE their own textbooks, rich in illustrations and helping them to more fully digest the material in their own words. They are taught to knit – the teacher said there are many studies showing that learning to knit (following the thread, through the needles) helps students with reading comprehension “following the thread of the storyline.” Before learning an abstract concept, they first experience a concrete example. I could go on.

There’s a lot of buzz lately about the film Race to Nowhere in which schools today are making kids depressed and stressed out, with so much emphasis on testing and cramming academics at an early age. The Waldorf approach is an antidote. Instead of being burned out, by eighth grade these kids love to learn and know how to think. They are intelligent, creative, poised, confident, and mature. You will see this if you attend a tour and see the alumni panel, or just talk to the kids. If you are worried about a two-year, non-academic kindergarten, I heard in a tour of a Waldorf-methods charter school that the two countries with the highest literacy rates don’t teach their kids to read until age 7 (one country is Sweden, I can’t recall the other.) By about the fourth grade, the academics catch up and then surpass the public schools.

A.MAZING!!!

5

I can't recommend Marin Waldorf School enough. Not only is my first grader excited to go to school everyday but he is getting an amazing and unique education. If he's not rattling off multiplication or division equations he's singing in Mandarin. He also loves his art and music classes. It's such a well rounded education. He has great friends in all different grades because the children feel so close to each other. And the sense of community helps us all feel connected.

My kind of education

5

After touring this school for my son's Kindergarten in 2014 it was clear to me that this should have been my school when I was little. Set in beautiful surroundings with a magic forest, fields to play and run in it's a wonderful place that will take you back into your own childhood. There is no stress and the atmosphere is therapeutic. It's wonderful to see my son being so happy to learn and excited every day to go to class. It doesn't matter if it's Mandarin, Spanish or Music, Writing etc. he is like a sponge. With teachers that are committed, loving and dedicated. If you are into a slower pace school that encourages the imagination and innovation in your child than you should check it out. I'm glad I did