We are the change we want to see in the world
Highland Hall Waldorf School fosters social awareness and a culture of leadership. Our students learn the balance between individual striving and concern for the group as a whole. Many of our students have been honored with invitations to participate in prestigious national programs including Mt. Holyoke’s Take the Lead, National Merit, National Youth Orchestra, and National Honor Society. Our students also represent Highland Hall in distinguished leadership programs such as Pepperdine’s Youth Citizenship Seminar and HOBY. Highland Hall alumni are currently leading professionals at USC’s Biomedical Engineering School, UCLA Department of Medical Physics, Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Oceana Institute, Sony Pictures, and the Walt Disney Company among others.
Academics Integrated with the Arts
While academic standards at Highland Hall surpass University of California entrance requirements, scholastic discipline is balanced by artistic values and practical skills. High school students study academic subjects in two-, three-, or four-week blocks during main lesson, the first 100 minutes of the day. These intensive seminars explore one subject in depth through lecture, discussion, written assignments, and artistic projects. The main lesson is followed by classes in mathematics, English, foreign language, music, art and physical education electives. Art, music, drama and P.E. are required for all four years of high school. Performing arts in the high school include class plays, music concerts, and a high school musical or dramatic production. Artistic offerings include watercolor painting, clay sculpting, woodworking, blacksmithing, photography, sewing, and stone carving.
A distinctive feature of Waldorf education is the emphasis on the students' interpretation of what they have learned in class. Students are expected to take lecture notes, discuss ideas and themes, and prepare their own compositions about the material that is being presented. The students are often asked to create projects which can take the form of an illustrated main lesson book, an oral presentation, a poem, a story or even a play. These unique student-created offerings engage the students' imagination and provide an opportunity for a student to express his or her individual learning.
Highland Hall aims to provide an inclusive learning environment in which our students feel accepted, valued and empowered to reach their potential. Our community enjoys a wide array of cultures and ethnicities; nearly half our students identify as non-Caucasian. Highland Hall’s scholarship and financial aid programs ensure a student body from the full range of economic circumstances. We welcome students and families from the LGBT community.
Our school is non-sectarian, espousing no particular religious doctrine. Values such as respect for self and others, universal in all religious and spiritual traditions, are upheld in the classroom. A broad spectrum of religious traditions and interests are represented in our school community. It is our experience that each student brings his or her unique experiences, perspectives, and viewpoints to enrich our school as a whole.
Social & Environmental Awareness
Our high school students have the opportunity to participate in our foreign exchange program and study abroad at Waldorf schools in Europe. Living with a local family and attending school daily immerses a student in the language and culture of the host country. Highland Hall also hosts foreign students visiting the United States which enriches the school community.
Field trips and extended study field trips deepen the students’ experience of the corresponding curriculum and provide an opportunity to strengthen the class bonds. Week-long trips may include a visit to study geological formations, a stay at a Native American tribal park in the Southwest, or a visit to a marine environmental program. The senior trip destination is chosen each year by the students in collaboration with their class sponsors and the rest of the high school faculty.
Highland Hall has a three-season sports program that includes co-ed soccer, girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, girls softball and co-ed archery. Our sports teams are open to all students, and everyone is encouraged to join.
Our graduates attend many excellent colleges. A Waldorf 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.