High School (9-12)
Highland Hall offers a rigorous academic college preparatory curriculum that features the best of the challenging Waldorf curriculum while exceeding the University of California requirements. The WASC-accredited academic program applies Waldorf’s developmental approach to a rigorous preparation for advanced study and success in life.
The high school years represent a new phase of adolescent development. The students are now ready for rigorous intellectual and conceptual challenges, and the curriculum provides this in many forms. The high school main lesson teachers change with every block and are experts in their fields. From Shakespeare to anatomy, from trigonometry to the history of the modern world, the interdisciplinary current curriculum is designed to create in the Highland Hall students a holistic understanding of the world. Students compose main lesson books for each block which express original thoughts and an awareness of the relationships between disciplines.
During their course of studies all students take four years of mathematics (with college prep and advanced options), four years of science, four years of English, four years of history and social studies, and four years of foreign language (Spanish or German). The school offers foreign exchange opportunities to qualified students. All courses meet or exceed University of California requirements. A curriculum rich in practical and fine arts, movement, theater arts, and music round out the curriculum.
The study of many different cultures allows students to gain a sense of the dignity of the human being and examine their own relationship to the world around them. A high point of the study comes in the 10th grade when, after studying Native American cultures in history for three weeks, the students venture to the Southwest for a journey among the Anasazi ruins in Colorado accompanied by a Native American guide.
An active sports program provides both boys and girls the opportunity to participate in basketball, soccer, volleyball, and other competitive league activities. In the arts students now engage in more challenging, creative endeavors. Their work with painting, music, sculpture, and stained-glass increasingly reflects the students’ deepening powers of expression. Orchestra, chorus, drama classes, and the hand bell choir also give balance to the challenges of academic life.
To prepare them for the world outside of the classroom, students become involved in community service projects that address their personal interests and concerns. Deepening the social experiences are festivals with other Waldorf school students from around the West, and many students choose to spend a semester abroad at a Waldorf school in Europe or elsewhere.
Many Highland Hall graduates attend excellent colleges. A Waldorf high school education offers much more than a solid foundation for college or university study. When Highland Hall students graduate, they are equipped intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually to meet the future and help shape it.