“I am confident that the education they have received will make them individuals who can and will take the time to think for themselves and inspire and lead others.”
2013-2014 Tuition Rates
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Please fill out the SMART enrollment form and return it to the office with your non-refundable supplies fee, per child. The supplies fee will serve as your deposit to hold the space for your child.
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How Did We Pay for our Children's Waldorf Education?
We have two children at WMWS. One is ready to complete her final year this spring and the other one is in the fifth grade. We have often been asked the question, “how did you pay for this”? The short answer is, “Like anything else that we found crucial, we just did”, one year at a time. But, really, the question is why we found this education to be so important.
Why a Waldorf Education?
After the birth of our first child the nurse practitioner who discharged us from the hospital gave us a flyer advertising a weekend conference on child development and said, “I think this would be very meaningful to both of you”. It was. He did not talk about Waldorf schools, he talked about how children develop and how we as parents can facilitate their potential as human beings, but he did say, “The only educational system I know of that honors child development is Waldorf education.” We would challenge anyone to listen to Joseph Chilton Peirce (A Crack in the Cosmic Egg) speak about the developing child and not decide, right then and there, to educate their child(ren) at a Waldorf school.
Are We Glad We Stuck It Out?
As our eldest daughter prepares to finish up her eight years at WMWS I can honestly say that our expectations for her education have been met. That is not to say that we did not struggle, we did, a lot, and in many ways. We struggled to pay for it and questioned our situation yearly. We struggled to support the school with our limited time and energy and we struggled being “different”. But we stayed the course through all the struggles because we could see that even with the imperfections of our developing school both children were, by far, thriving. How did we know this? The girls were bringing home the work they did in school daily and sharing it in myriad ways. They were singing, doing mental math, playing their recorders, speaking German, drawing, reproducing science experiments, correcting my grammar, even knitting and making beautiful wooden spoons. The work they were doing seemed to blossom into something rich and deep within them. We would pour over their main lesson books and find ourselves responding to their work with excitement and reverence. When we look at our eldest daughter's books by year we are so glad we answered the yearly question, “can we do this again?” with a “yes”.
What Sustained Us Through the Years?
If we had to pick one thing that sustained us alongside the observations of our children we would say self-education. My husband and I read and read and took most of what we read to heart. We believe it was this self-education combined with the support from WMWS teachers and speakers along the way that sustained us. When we came to the yearly question, “can we do this again?” the rapport we had with Waldorf philosophy and practices gave us the strength and conviction to continue despite the struggles.
So How Did We Pay for It?
We were determined. I think that is how anyone does most things they feel passionate about. This is what we are passionate about- children and education.
One Last Thought ...
If you add up the time and money you would spend trying to provide the sort of education WMWS provides daily as part of their curriculum: languages, woodworking, painting, knitting, sculpting, sewing, chorus, strings, crafts, and more, alongside their vital main lesson work in all the core academic subjects we would have paid more, not just in money (much more, we figured it out) but in time and energy getting them to and from. It is not only a bargain but also worth every penny!