A Middle School for Academic, Artistic & Emotional Intelligence
A Healthy Approach to Adolescence
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. Middle school students engage in the Cyber Civics curriculum which explores the social dynamics and privacy issues of the online arena. 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.
Students participate in a wide variety of activities, festivals, and annual events. Team sports include volleyball, basketball and archery. Students also participate in the Medieval Games, a ropes course, Rube Goldberg projects, and a track meet with students from other Waldorf Schools in Southern California.
Fostering Social and Emotional Intelligence
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.
As a record of their learning, students create their own “textbooks,” which may include original compositions, illustrations, and diagrams. These highly personalized books allow students the possibility of greater exploration of the materials studied in class.
Connecting to the outer world through community service and field trips, students apply their studies to the greater community. Class camping trips and gardening classes allow students to experience and appreciate the natural world.
The unique Waldorf 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.