“WHWS provided an inspiring educational foundation for our two children. They both attended WHWS from kindergarten through eighth grade. Our son graduated from UW and is now attending Georgetown Law. Our daughter is graduating with the class of 2020 from the University of Oregon with a degree in Global Health. At WHWS, our kids learned from caring teachers in the context of a classroom community. They also developed a deep appreciation for drama and painting that remain part of their respective pursuits to this day. WHWS offers hope for a world that can be made better by its graduates."
-Chris Phillips (parent, class of 2005 & 2012 /previous Board Chair)
"We are the parents of a 2018 WHWS graduate who attended Kindergarten through 8th grade. Watching our daughter navigate high school and the complex social and cultural issues which today’s students face, we are frequently reminded of the strengths of a Waldorf education. An ability to engage in academic challenges with “head, heart and hands”. To work in concert with one’s peers and elders. To think creatively about problems, while seeking a deeper understanding of their origins.To develop artistic as well as intellectual means of expression.These are the benefits for which we are thankful."
-Evan and Heather Freedman (parents, class of 2018)
"We chose Waldorf School for our children because we wanted a wholistic approach to education. Academics are important to us and we really like that our children have received a solid foundation in the basics of literacy and math. Before embracing the mechanics of reading, writing and times tables, they explored these areas through storytelling, songs and play. When the time came for reading, it was an easy and exciting transition. Playing music first through flute and then strings, while also continuing songs, verses and rhymes is a magical every day element of Waldorf education. Our children are surrounded by beauty in their classroom, through their own artistic works, and on their field trips. We love that our children are encouraged to be global citizens and are learning another language from first grade. We have watched our oldest child study ancient civilizations with enthusiasm as history is brought to life through drama and storytelling. Handwork, movement, gardening, and woodwork have taught our girls different life skills and increased their self-confidence. I feel through attending Waldorf our children are really appreciated and understood as individuals.The relationship between our family and the classroom teacher is one we cherish and appreciate deeply. As a family we are part of a community that works together to provide traditions our children love and who greet each other with a smile and a hug."
- Helena and Joel Hiltner (parents, class of 2023)
"Our children are thriving at WHWS. Hands on learning happens every day through story, song, drawing, handwork and movement - engaging them on so many levels. We truly feel that a lifelong love of learning is being cultivated, and we are confident that their Waldorf education is not only educating their minds, but also their whole person. This style of education is preparing them to enter the world with a strong sense of both self and community, fostering individuals who are compassionate, creative critical thinkers - the type of thinkers that we need working to create a better world."
-Robin Schweigert, current parent of Whatcom Hills
"Waldorf education addresses the child as no other education does. Learning, whether in chemistry, mathematics, history or geography, is imbued with life and so with joy, which is the only true basis for later study. The textures and colors of nature, the accomplishments and struggles of humankind fill the Waldorf students' imaginations and the pages of their beautiful books. Education grows into a union with life that serves them for decades. By the time they reach us at the college and university level, these students are grounded broadly and deeply and have a remarkable enthusiasm for learning. Such students possess the eye of the discoverer, and the compassionate heart of the reformer which, when joined to a task, can change the planet."
-Arthur Zajonc, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Amherst College
"I knew WHWS was the right choice when I took my oldest son to his first day of school. As we walked to the kindergarten, I saw an eighth grade boy lift a first grade boy to make a basket and the children playing basketball patiently waited for them. Wow!
WHWS gave my two boys much more than a great education. It gave them a path forward in life guided by empathy, curiosity, and ethics. After spending their childhood inside the loving family community that is Waldorf, they entered high school with an enthusiasm for learning that was remarked upon by their high school teachers. “He keeps me on my toes with all his questions!”. Waldorf taught them how to learn, which will serve them well for their entire life."
-Robin Bigelow (parent, class of 2007 & 2011)