To read well
The goal of the English program at Waldorf High School is to impart cultural literacy through the study of world literature, with a focus on English, Russian, and American literature. It is also to school the imagination and awaken a sense for language. Through the study of literature, adolescents can feel less alone in their struggles and questions as various authors throughout the ages present their conflicts and ideals in the search for the essential nature of human relationships. Reading literature exposes our students to the depth and diversity of human experience and human capacities and they in turn can reflect, exercise, and strengthen these capacities in themselves.
To write well
We also seek to have our students become practiced writers, comfortable and skilled creating poetry and crafting descriptive and analytical essays, as well as in producing reports and research papers. We expect our students to become adept in the application of grammar, punctuation, and the mechanics of writing and to develop rich vocabularies.
The history curriculum of Waldorf High School traces the development of human consciousness from ancient times to the present. The role of the human being in community becomes the lens through which students examine how the past affects the present and the future. We aim to develop our students' ability to appreciate the concerns and perspectives of people in very different circumstances and times, such as ancient India or European medieval society or during the burgeoning ideas of the rights of the human being in the eighteenth century.
We ask students, "What are the various themes that have been played out in history? What are the paths that humanity has followed in the past? What are the forces at work in the present?" Our graduates have a sense of the history that brought them to their own time and place, which affords them a foundation for considering how the future may unfold.
Analysis and expression
We encourage and develop active thinking and the clear expression of ideas through class discussions and an appreciation of the research process. Critical analysis of primary source material forms the foundation on which students develop and write papers based on their own thoughts and conclusions formed by research, synthesis, and analysis.