I've adored almost every Mulberry student who has crossed my path. The trait that I find the most impressive or endearing is that almost every one has had a genuine love of learning. The Mulberry students seem to arrive pre-loaded with intellectual curiosity and an openness to learning and new ideas. They also tend to be strong in the areas of grasping the big picture. When talking about themes in English or History they see how these themes are threads throughout the literature or the history covered. And that is invaluable to creating really well-balanced students/individuals that seem to have more than one area of strength. They're open to all learning.
In general, most Mulberry students come well prepared for essay writing. They're strong, clear writers with the ability to form insightful well thought out ideas. I also find that they are generous to their fellow students; they don't necessarily see another student's success as a hit or poor reflection on them. They're not competitive. Lastly, I find a lot of Mulberry students are strong conversationalists. They tend to have an ease and comfort in discussing a wide variety of topics. There's a maturity to them. Though they are still children, they are not childish."
Kingston Secondary School Teacher
From preschool through grade 8, our family has benefited from an approach to education that has met our three very different kids where they were and has encouraged them to blossom. We value the time they've spent outdoors, the respite from screens, the engaging curriculum and the opportunity to develop skills in woodworking, sewing and knitting. Their creativity has been fostered, and they have flourished in an environment where they are known and valued by the entire community of faculty, staff and students."
As a student I will always remember the tight knit group of classmates I grew up with. The majority of my class are still close friends and I’m grateful for that lifelong connection. I also remember how hard the teachers worked to ensure that we were all challenged and were able to pursue our interests.”
… [E]very time we have our parent teacher meetings … [the class teacher] always comments on the quality of M’s writing, her maths, and the tidiness of her work. She has often said, 'I don’t know what they did at that school but even through lockdown they managed to bring M along.'"
Former Mulberry Waldorf School parent who moved to the U.K. and enrolled their child in a Waldorf school there
We’ve had the privilege of being a part of this school community for years, having a child in grade 7 and one in grade 4. We joined to school with curiosity to see if it was the right fit for our family (apprehensive at the beginning as we are a pretty mainstream family), and it absolutely was. As a trained teacher, I was uneasy about the traditional curriculum and lack of resources in the public system. As our years at Mulberry pass, we continue to be more and more impressed. The academic experience is rigorous, rich, and the children engage with the material in a way that ignites a passion for inquiry based learning. Emphasis is placed on a strong community for the children, giving them daily opportunities to work on supporting each other, working through social situations, and developing deep caring friendships. This is not the ‘hippie’ school that many believe it is. It is a forward thinking community of educators who use best practices and science based approaches to engage a child’s whole self. The faculty and staff hold each of the children in a way that honours their unique identity and serves their best interests. Families come with varied backgrounds – military, PhD’s, farmers, educators, entrepreneurs, doctors, carpenters, engineers and lawyers. Some of us make sourdough, and some of us feed our kids goldfish (or both!!), and the most wonderful thing about being part of a community like this is that all choices are respected. I have immense gratitude that my children have the opportunity to spend their days in a place where they are exposed to different cultural celebrations, where they are encouraged to express creativity through different means, where they are celebrated for who they are, and where their minds are being challenged."