Curriculum at a Glance
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.