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Parent Survey: 93% Report Overall Satisfaction with The Denver Waldorf Schoolby Judy Lucas, Administrative Director
This year we asked the parent body for assistance in identifying our strengths as a school, and areas for improvement or priorities and strategies for change. We are mandated to survey our parent body as part of our re-accreditation process with the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and the Association of Colorado Independent Schools.
Here are some of the findings, as identified by administrative staff and members of The Denver Waldorf School Strategic Planning Committee.
Several survey invitations were sent out to over 1,500 people in our community over a five-week period in January and February, garnering 142 individual responses. Thank you to everyone who participated.
The survey found that 93 percent of parents surveyed reported mid-high to high overall satisfaction with The Denver Waldorf School.
Specifically, 68 percent of parents rated their overall satisfaction with the school as "high," while another 25 percent rated their satisfaction with the school as "mid-high."
Another 4 percent rated their satisfaction with the school as "mid," 1 percent gave a "low-mid" rating, and only 1 percent rated their overall satisfaction with the school as "low."
Of the parents surveyed, 85 percent said the school has met, more than met or exceeded their expectations on a list of areas including educational philosophy, parent-teacher relationships and experiential education.
When it came to selecting a school, 93 percent of parents surveyed reported The Denver Waldorf School was their first choice.
Responses varied as to the most important reasons for choosing The Denver Waldorf School.
Approximately 20 percent said "educational philosophy" was among the top five most important reasons.
Another 12 percent said it was the "sense of community" that was the most important; 12 percent also said "experiential education." The "breadth of curriculum" won 11 percent.
Overall, a majority of parents agreed that "teaching at the school is of a high quality."
Another majority of parents agreed, "my child has a positive attitude toward the school."
Parents offered many comments about the school's strongest attributes, which included a sense of community, quality of education, curriculum, respect for the children and experienced, caring faculty who get along well with each other.
Among areas for improvement, parents highlighted the lack of a gymnasium and proper performance space, the campus facility and trying to do too much with too little. Others mentioned inadequate parking, not enough racial/ethnic diversity, new parent orientation, security and the length of time it takes to make decisions.
The Strategic Planning Committee is identifying the appropriate groups within the school to take on the specific areas of concern. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey.