Thankful for Waldorf Experience — Alumni Tyler

Tyler P. is a proud member of the first Journey School class. Believe it or not, he is also now a sophomore in college. Like many in this pioneering class, Tyler completed fifth grade at Journey–since Journey did not offer upper grades at the time. He then went for his 6th grade year at a combo homeschool/traditional school program followed by the Orange County High School of the Arts starting in 7th grade.

Tyler is thankful for many things as he looks back at his Waldorf experience. First and foremost, he is grateful for his, “family’s dedication to the arts and commitment to alternative education.  All parents that come to Journey should fully embrace its alternative philosophy and education as you can get a traditional experience anywhere.”

Tyler is also deeply appreciative for his talented teachers. He thought it was masterful the way, “They used the arts to enrich the class, curriculum, and entire school atmosphere.”  Tyler believes his, “Own passion and talent for music were allowed to grow because the whole school was immersed by the arts—including poetry, painting, and more.”

According to Tyler, his transition to traditional schools was extremely smooth. “My teachers immediately saw my creativity and embraced it. They appreciated my unique way of thinking and noticed I could look at things with a deeper, more interesting analysis.”  Tyler felt a great deal of confidence as a learner and attributes a good part of this to the groundwork laid at Journey.

Tyler graduated from the Orange County High School of the Arts’ Music Conservatory in 2010 with a 4.2 GPA.  He now attends San Francisco State University for its renowned Jazz program. Tyler is a University Presidential Scholar, a prestigious status that provides generous financial support to pursue learning with passion.

Tyler still loves playing the guitar and endeavors to be a business leader in the music industry.  He especially wants to work with new artists who are on the cutting edge.

Although Tyler felt well prepared academically he did offer this advice for Journey when specifically asked.  He said, “Be sure to stay true to your alternative education, avoid being like everyone else, and develop the students’ vocabulary even more—including an understanding of Latin and Greek influences.”