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From public primary school to Steiner for secondary years?

Looking for experience on taking a child from 6th grade public school to Steiner. My logic is that my son would be more exposed to art and perhaps a more creative approach to schooling overall.
But am I insane to change so late in the game? I'm thinking I'd wait until after 6th grade is completed...
Happy to hear other Zurich based ideas if you have them. If he stays in public school, he'd be going to Sec which I absolutely think is where he belongs academically
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Old 16.02.2019, 10:15
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Re: From public primary school to Steiner for secondary years?

He could do Sek and then try for Kantonsschule Stadelhofen? Thats where the “artsy” kids go. The school has a cool vibe....
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Old 16.02.2019, 13:06
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Re: From public primary school to Steiner for secondary years?

From what I have seen of Steiner here in Bern, I’d consider it a lifestyle choice... there is an expectation of high parent involvement in its activities, so if you don’t have the time or the commitment it might not work out so well.
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Re: From public primary school to Steiner for secondary years?

Depends very much on the child, I'd say.

The jump from primary to secondary can be difficult enough for some kids - so from Steiner, not easy. Unless you are prepared for him/her to repeat the year before, if necessary.

Personally, I wouldn't- and would provide art, music, etc, separately.
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Old 16.02.2019, 19:03
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Re: From public primary school to Steiner for secondary years?

Honestly?

No.

It is cool you vision Sec for your son. What does he wants?
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Re: From public primary school to Steiner for secondary years?

Sec is where he sees himself, too. I wouldn't be surprised if he matures into Gymi eventually, but in the meantime I'm just thinking of where he can benefit from a slightly broader spectrum than Sec
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Re: From public primary school to Steiner for secondary years?

Quite honestly, if he wants to do Gymi in the future, he is probably better off staying in public school, unless he wants to do Gymi at Steiner School. Although, I think they mostly offer IB, if they do. Slotting back into public Gymi after Steiner will be very difficult as the approach is very different. I would give him all all the arts/music options after school.
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Re: From public primary school to Steiner for secondary years?

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Looking for experience on taking a child from 6th grade public school to Steiner. My logic is that my son would be more exposed to art and perhaps a more creative approach to schooling overall.
But am I insane to change so late in the game? I'm thinking I'd wait until after 6th grade is completed...
Happy to hear other Zurich based ideas if you have them. If he stays in public school, he'd be going to Sec which I absolutely think is where he belongs academically
Definitely Steiner schools in Switzerland do have a strong emphasis on artistic expression and creativity, and if you think your son has artistic potential, even if just in a moderate way, he would probably do well in a Steiner school.

But we are all individuals. A school that is paradise for one kid may just be a terrible chore for another. It really depends on the individual leanings and abilities of your son. I've heard of kids who suffered terribly in the state school system, with bullying and the feeling of being an under-acheiver, who on tranfer to a Steiner school instantly if not miraculoulsy found new confidence and made huge progress. I also know of kids who on the contrary found Steiner to be stuffy and oppressive and were happy to get out. So its horses for courses.
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Re: From public primary school to Steiner for secondary years?

OP, I strongly suggest visiting the Zürich Steiner School with your son and let him get a feel for it. It's true that Steiner education is one of a kind. It might fit him, who knows? I know that they organize visits for prospective students; friends of mine went last month.

They also have this option, about which I haven't read the specifics but which might interest you:

https://www.atelierschule.ch/schule/portraet

I have several friends and relatives who received all their schooling from Steiner schools and who completed university masters and degrees. They learnt concepts in a different order and in a different way, that's all.
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Re: From public primary school to Steiner for secondary years?

Aren't Steiner schools notorious for encouraging anti-vaccine and pseudoscientific attitudes?
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Aren't Steiner schools notorious for encouraging anti-vaccine and pseudoscientific attitudes?
Correct. They're often the source for outbreaks of diseases like measles and rubella and instumental in spreading them.

The craziest happened in 2008. From 2006 thru 2009 a series of small measles epidemics occurred in Switzerland (some 4000 cases in total). Pupils got vaccinated quickly, but of course not so at the Steiner schools.

The school head of the Steiner school in Muttenz couldn't be botherd by the measles infections at his school in early 2008, not even the infected's classmates were ordered to stay home. So by March some 20 had fallen ill when some pupils attended a Steiner music convention in Insbruck, Austria. Steiner schools from all over Europe joined.

Well, a week later the first infections appeared in Innsbruck (Austria) and Vienna, followed soon by Norway and Germany. It was later shown that one pupil from Muttenz had caused at least 260 infections all over Europe. With CH and Austria affected, the host countries of the Euro 2008, and the likelihood that thousands more would be infected, it was unclear if the championship needed to be canceled. A vaccination campaign was launched, eventually the epidemic was brought under control.

The most recent outbreak in CH a month ago also originated from a Steiner school.
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