A challenging high school education
Grounded in the classics, academic courses at Waldorf High School expose students to the great ideas of humankind, the events that shaped civilizations, the beauty of mathematics, the power of the arts, and the phenomena of the natural world. Waldorf graduates benefit from a base of interdisciplinary knowledge from which they may pursue any passion in any direction.
An integrated curriculum
Our faculty fine tunes the curriculum so that it has a rhythm and harmony as it builds year by year through the high school. Teachers meet frequently to discuss what is being taught in each class, so that references and connections can be made between subjects. This integration of courses fosters students' appreciation that true understanding is reached by many roads.
An approach grounded in adolescent development
The curriculum reflects awareness of the developmental journey of adolescents and their quests for identity, independence, and purpose. Each year, our students study themes that resonate with their individual growth; each year's focus building on previous years. With a curriculum designed around students' developing consciousness, we feed and balance their intellectual, social, physical, and spiritual growth.
Main Lesson Block Classes
For homework, students return to their main lesson block class topics as they amplify, condense, restate, transcribe, and illustrate their reading and reflections in main lesson books. The books may include references, research, essays, creative writing, scientific observations, charts, maps, and artistic work, and are both a record and a culmination of their study. These books become valuable resources and cherished creations, kept and referenced by students for years.
Education in and through the Arts
While the arts are integrated into every course at Waldorf, we also devote classes to the fine arts, practical arts, and music. We explore fine art through critical analysis, dialogue, research, technique, and of course, the making of art. Our practical arts courses develop students' skill at working with their hands (knitting for charity, basket weaving, and book binding) as well as other talents such as acting and performances, computer programming, and digital arts. Many students play a musical instrument and sing in the school chorus.
Many of our students become accomplished artists and musicians, and many do not. All wake to the interplay of color, shape, sound, texture, perception, and emotion, and how these elements enrich our daily lives. All respect the work of the imagination and the power of creativity.