High School Overview
Education to meet our ever changing world
Academic achievement is promoted through a curriculum that is both intellectually challenging and artistically integrated. Our high school program is college preparatory and our academic standards surpass University of California entrance requirements.
Core subjects are taught in the morning lesson—a double period lasting three to four weeks. This concentrated course work explores one subject intensively through lecture, discussion, written and artistic projects that allow for deep immersion into the subject matter. The morning lesson is followed by classes in English, mathematics, world language, music, art, and physical education.
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.
Music, drama and art provide balance to the challenges of academic life. Students have the opportunity to perform in a variety of dramatic productions and musical concerts. Highland Hall arts classes include orchestra, handbell choir, painting, life drawing, woodworking, photography, improv, metalsmithing, sculpting, and sewing.
P.E. is required for all four years of high school. We offer a three-season sports program that includes co-ed soccer, girls volleyball, boys volleyball, girls basketball, boys basketball, girls softball, co-ed cross country, and co-ed archery. Our sports teams are open to all students regardless of experience and everyone is encouraged to join.
World languages (Spanish or German) are required for all four years of high school. Our high school students have the opportunity to participate in our international exchange program with Waldorf schools in Europe and South America. Highland Hall also hosts international students who wish to study in the United States.
Our high school fosters an environment of social awareness and a culture of inclusivity. Our students learn the balance between individual striving and concern for the group as a whole. The study of many different cultures allows students to see the dignity of the human being and examine their own relationship to the world around them.
Highland Hall graduates attend many excellent colleges and universities. A Waldorf high school education offers much more than a solid academic foundation. When Highland Hall students graduate, they are equipped intellectually and emotionally to meet the future and bring purpose to their lives.