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About This School

The Waldorf School of Orange County is a private middle school in Costa Mesa. The principal of The Waldorf School of Orange County is Ms. Catherine Sharbaugh. 269 children attend The Waldorf School of Orange County and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. The student to teacher ratio at The Waldorf School of Orange County is 15:1. Christ Lutheran School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Japanese
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 89%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    The Waldorf School of Orange County has been a blessing for our family in so many ways. It is a tight-knit community my children's classmates and teachers are like family to us and the educational methods are highly effective. The classrooms are alive with movement music and art that beautifully complement the challenging and diverse curriculum. Parental involvement is high and it is expected. My children look forward to going to school every day. They are nurtured and they are also challenged to do their best work and be their best selves. No teaching to the test here; these kids are actually retaining what they learn and are hungry for more. I can't recommend this school highly enough.

  • (1 year ago)

    My kids had the worst time in their life at this school. The faculties believe large class is better than small one so they keep adding students. The teachers yell at kids in daily bases in order to take care of 30 and more kids in their class with many learning disability kids. The school has big financial problem so they are BIG on donation and it is on the must to do list. They have the chart for donation and it tells how much family had participated on donating the money by each grades. They are competing on which grade get 100 percent participation on annual donation. Most of teacher doesn t have the education degree and those are the one teaches for 1-8. Because they are not capable to cover all subjects many family rely on private tutoring at home. The school has many ritual activities and in order to perform the event they cut down from main lesson curriculum. There is big time bullying going on by kids and by teachers. I felt that the school has poor quality for education and unhealthy social behavior.

  • (1 year ago)

    The New High School looks promising and there is finally some technology in a few classrooms. The problem is that this school is over stuffing children in the grades to fill up the free siblings in the high school. The teachers in the lower grades stay with the class from 1st - 8th grade and there are some seriously poor quality teachers as you get closer to the Jr High grades. The children in these classes who have been with the poor teachers all these years have horrible manners and they tend to ignore or worse bully new children in these classes and on the playground. The poor teachers in turn to save their jobs and their own children's free education will blame all the problems on the new children. It all works because they only vote unanimously on the College Board of 12. We are Waldorf Alumni from the East Coast and we have found that many Southern California Waldorfs and Charter Waldorfs are vastly below standards for Waldorf Schools nation wide and world wide. They also keep many parents in the dark about standards and philosophies so the current parent body has little idea that they are operating with substandard teachers. Lots of turnover...

  • (2 years ago)

    Waldorf education standards are amazing when taught in the right way. Meant to embrace the individual strengths of a child soften the focus on weaknesses & provide a place of compassion free of judgment. Waldorf School of O.C. has translated that in to allowing the kids to express themselves in whatever manner the child sees fit with little social/emotional guidance. Kids threaten others & act in cruel ways; allowed to express themselves at the expense of others. Affects learning for those who need a stable creative & caring place to be. Education level is behind what it used to be. Class sizes range 30+. Kids capable of more fall behind; can t concentrate w/surrounding chaos/not given the attention needed. Specialty subjects seem perfection focused. Kids who aren t at the same level as others sit out of orchestra unable to participate with the group & aren t provided with anyone to help them progress. Little to no parent/teacher communication. Can t say this about every teacher only what my child has experienced. Have the same teacher/class 1st - 8th grade so be thorough when interviewing & spend time in the class. No community garden/physical labor is not focused on

  • (2 years ago)

    The UC system requires about 150 units to qualify for admittance. The seniors here graduate with 300 units in everything from calculus (everyone must take it) to chemistry (ditto) physics (ditto) woodwork painting drawing stone carving and more. They are exposed to a classical education with a twist - they are taught to think not just spew back what is said to them. I wouldn't have my child anywhere else.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have been with the school as a parent and teacher for 7 years. KI can tell you without hesitation that the education at Waldorf Orange County is below what you would get at a good public school. Yes the arts are great. Yes the festivals are pretty. But is that what we are paying for? Fifth graders who can't compose a coherant paragraph? The majority of 8th graders who can't do algebra? Do not be blinded by the surface beauty the underbelly is not pretty!! There is no administration. There is no consistency in the education. You are rolling the dice with your child's future by enrolling them in Waldorf. Beware!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are great and the parents all involved in all aspects of the child learning

  • (4 years ago)

    the music the festivals the comunity the arts the teachers the love & heart put into every aspect of these children's education!

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a school that offers care concern and committment to the full expression of being human

  • (4 years ago)

    I am constantly amazed by the awareness that each teacher has for every child. In no otherplace i have been is there so much thought put into what is best for each and every one even if it is not popular.

  • (8 years ago)

    My kids have attended since kindergarten. It's been wonderful place for them to go and learn everyday. They are learning two foreign languages and they both play strings instruments. We love the style of teaching and the fact that they integrate all learning into movement. This makes everything they learn a part of who they are. I would say Waldorf education is great for 90% of children. The other 10% would be children who require a more challenging curriculum or those with behavioral issues. There is huge parent involvement too. If you are someone who wants to do nothing but drop off at the curb this isn't the school for you.

  • (8 years ago)

    The Waldorf School of Orange County does not follow a mainstream academic model but rather an interesting mix of art music languages (two foriegn languages are taught beginning in 1st grade) handwork story and games. It is through this mix that the children are introduced to numbers and letters. In the later grades students are encouraged to use this interdisciplinary approach to do self directed research. The parents at this school are very involved and thus create a very connected community. Seasonal festivals are held which further tightens the involvement of the children and the parents. The negatives that I experienced were that there is no parent involvement in the curriculum or inner workings of the teaching. There is no Principal but a 'College of Teachers' and communication with parents is in my opinion one directional toward the parent. They are firm but kind but tend toward conformity.

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