Stone Bridge School opened in 2000 to offer families with students in kindergarten through 8th grades with an alternative to traditional schools. The charter school uses the Waldorf model, which centers on not only core curriculum but also social activities and life long learning skills.
Along with core subjects, the school offers an after school program, sports, and extra curricular activities. These include basketball, volleyball, painting, choir orchestra, dance, and drama. The school does not offer any student clubs at this time. A few students expressed they would like to be able to join clubs.
Quite a few parents stated that if you do not know anything about the Waldorf method it would be a good idea to learn more before enrolling your child. The method does not provide individual learning but group learning and students can slip into the cracks. Some stated that a few of the teachers are very strict with the method used and do not spend time with students to ensure their success. Students stated overall they like their teachers, but would like to have a personal curriculum. Some stated they feel confused on a few subjects, but really love that the field trips make history come alive.
The Academic Performance Index showed an increase of 56 points to 859. The statewide goal is 800. Parents are happy with this score.
The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades.
The percentage of students passing the exams was mixed with percentages both above and below state averages. Examples include 50% of 2nd graders passed the math exam with the state at 64%, 50% of 3rd graders passed the English exam with the state at 48%, and 74% of 5th graders passed the Science exam with the state at 60%. Parents are quite pleased with these percentages and realize that these figures help teachers know where the issues are and in which grade levels.
the school is doing an excellent job of providing students with a quality education. If you do have any concerns especially with the Waldorf method, it would be in your best interest to take a tour of the school and talk with teachers to learn more before enrolling your child.
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Stone Bridge School
575 Third St.
Napa, CA 94581