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The goal of a Waldorf high-school education is to stengthen your ability to think creatively and independently. The focus is on a balanced education rather than a curriculum geared toward standardized and formulaic test-taking. Class discussions are lively and frequent, leading you and your peers to mature and respectful discourse.

Opportunities abound for multi-layered exploration of subject matter, and you will benefit from an education in which subjects and experiences are interconnected. Your math skills will be supported by your musical education, and will support your creation of a book in Applied Arts class. Your art training will infuse your academic main-lesson books. Your analysis of literature will strengthen your own writing of short stories and poems. You will take part in chorus, orchestra, and band, as well as attend Fine Arts and Applied Arts classes.

Our aim is to sharpen your understanding of our vast and complex world, broaden your capacity for empathy and cooperation with other human beings, and strengthen your ability to translate thoughts and plans into deeds. You will step out of Green Meadow with focus, balance, self-discipline, and self-confidence, and you will be ready to take on the challenges that come your way.   

The High School Curriculum

In addition to covering all the subjects taught in other high schools, the Waldorf high-school curriculum has additional depth and a unique ability to engage students, because each high-school year is built upon a different question that the students are asking themselves.

The Ninth Grade Question: "What?"
In ninth grade, students are questioning the world around them and are interested in the dynamics of change. With this in mind, we introduce the study of historical revolutions, thermodynamics, and anatomy.

The Tenth Grade Question: "How?"
By tenth grade, the students develop a more harmonious worldview, revealed in questions such as "How do the processes of the world bring contrasts into balance?" Tenth-grade students study balance and harmony as it manifests in mechanics, poetry, and ancient cultures.

The Eleventh Grade Question: "Why?"
Between tenth and eleventh grades, the student embarks on what will be a lifelong quest for knowledge of self and others. Students encounter the tales of Parzival and Hamlet. In the sciences, students learn about the physics of electromagnetic fields.

The Twelfth Grade Question: "Who?" or "Who Am I?"
As seniors, students explore the nature of existence through such disparate sources as American Transcendentalism, Russian Literature, evolutionary theory, and modern history. Internships and independent senior projects reflect the student's emerging individuality.

 

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