Fostering Academic and Social Intelligence
Academic inquiry is enlivened through a hands-on, experiential approach to learning. Teachers present each day’s lesson in a creative format that requires students to think, ask questions, and explore the subject matter from a variety of perspectives. Artistic work hones students’ powers of perception and deepens their connection to their studies. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to create a holistic understanding of the world.
Social and emotional intelligence are nurtured by small class sizes and meaningful engagement between faculty and students. Our diverse student body provides an environment that is inclusive and respectful of individual differences. Week long class trips, festival celebrations, sports, and other group activities create a welcoming and integrated social atmosphere.
As a record of their learning, students create their own “textbooks,” which include original compositions, illustrations, and diagrams. Waldorf education believes in limiting the use of technology in the lower grades allowing children to develop better concentration, critical thinking, and retention of the subject matter. Cyber civics class raises student awareness of the strengths and limits of social media and the internet.
Science, world languages (German and Spanish), and physical education are taught in each grade. Team sports include volleyball, basketball and archery.
Arts, drama, and music enrich all academic subjects and are required subjects. These classes provide healthy avenues for self-expression and foster strong social skills.
Determination and confidence are supported through practical arts, such as woodworking or sewing. These classes play an integral role in teaching students the importance of patience, attention to detail, and follow through.
A Healthy Approach to Adolescence
Connecting to the outer world through community service and field trips, students apply their studies to the greater community. Weekly farm and gardening classes allow students to experience and appreciate the natural world.
In lieu of letter grades, teachers provide written feedback on students’ academic, artistic, and social progress, giving parents a picture of the whole child. We do not administer standardized tests in the middle school.
Our unique curriculum thoughtfully addresses the challenges of the middle school years. Waldorf education strives to cultivate a reverence for the earth and respect for its inhabitants. Our goal is to provide a solid academic foundation while developing the moral discernment necessary for navigating today’s world.