High School: Grades 9-12

Truth

Green Meadow’s High School is a place that inspires a true engagement in learning: where rigorous academics are brought to life through exploration, inquiry, and experience in order to promote critical, independent thinking. Our academic curriculum is inspired by opportunities in the arts, music, drama, movement, and real-word experiences. Students become part of a cohort of dynamic students, supported by an engaged and accessible faculty, to create a strong community that values integrity, honesty, and empathy for and understanding of others. As a result, Waldorf graduates can look at the world from multiple perspectives and chart their own path in life with confidence.

The Main Lesson

Each day at Green Meadow begins with “main lesson,” a one-hour-and-40-minute period in which an academic subject is studied intensively for three to four weeks. These main lesson blocks will rotate over the course of the year.  Studying a subject in blocks allows students the opportunity to gain a detailed understanding of the subject through a combination of college-style lecture, discussion, and hands-on work. During the course of a main lesson block, students keep a main lesson book or portfolio, in which they record studies using notes, essays, illustrations, and diagrams.

The Curriculum

Green Meadow’s high school curriculum strengthens the ability to think creatively and independently. The focus is on a balanced education rather than standardized and formulaic test-taking. Class discussions are lively and frequent, leading students to mature and respectful discourse. Opportunities for multilayered exploration of subject matters abound. Our students benefit from an education in which subjects and experiences are interconnected. Math skills are supported by musical education, as well as the precision necessary to bind a book in applied arts class. Classical art training infuses academic main-lesson books.  

The goal of a Waldorf high school education is to sharpen students' understanding of our complex world, broaden the capacity for empathy with other human beings, and strengthen the ability to translate thoughts into deeds. Students step out of Green Meadow with focus, balance, self-discipline, and self-confidence, ready to take on the challenges that come their way.

International Exchange

As part of our rich language program, the high school offers a three-to-five-month international exchange program. Green Meadow students have studied in a variety of countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Chile, and Argentina. Exchanges usually occur in 10th and 11th grades, when a level of proficiency in a chosen language has been reached. This will allow students to integrate successfully into another culture and school setting and provide them with the springboard to attain fluency in that language. In addition to providing an excellent opportunity to strengthen language skills, exposure to a different culture expands students' worldview and adds to extracurricular activity.

Senior Projects and Internships

A widely anticipated event in the school year is the presentation of senior class projects.  Alongside regular class and extracurricular commitments, each senior selects a personal project for the year.

The range of projects is always striking, including EMT training, filmmaking, automobile reconditioning, wilderness survival, business entrepreneurship, race car driving, and dance. In the 12th grade year, students also embark on a three-week internship. Students ready to bring their classroom experiences out in the world will have a meaningful work experience five days a week, and keep a daily journal describing their experiences. Students recently served internships at a veterinarian, Lincoln Center, a Swiss research laboratory, and a birthing center.

Community Service, Extracurricular Activities, and Class Trips

In addition to the rich curriculum, Green Meadow offers a compelling variety of extracurricular activities, such as drama club, an award-winning robotics club, a literary magazine, entrepreneurs club, Model U.N., and yearbook. Green Meadow faculty welcome student initiatives to create new clubs and activities. Students regularly participate in our flourishing community service program by helping marginalized families in Rockland County and homeless people in New York City.

Curricular class trips abound as well! 9th graders’ reading of Moby Dick is enhanced by a night spent aboard a whaling ship at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, while 10th graders learn to survey and create their own maps on Cape Cod. Eleventh graders spend a week working alongside adults with disabilities while studying Parzival, and seniors spend a week on the coast of Maine studying marine biology.

Athletics

Green Meadow has a full and thriving athletic program consisting of basketball, track, tennis, cross-country, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and horseback riding. Green Meadow students have gone on to play in college and compete both nationally and internationally.

Support in the High School

Each high school class has two faculty advisors, whose roles are to cultivate the health and well-being of the class as a whole. In addition, Green Meadow guidance counselors will guide you through your college selection and application process, senior project, and senior internship, and assist with any personal challenges.

College Counseling

At Green Meadow, students will receive individualized attention in pursuing the college or career of their choice. Beginning in junior year, the high school’s guidance counselor meets with students and parents to understand objectives and help pursue individual educational and career goals.

Subjects Studied

the 9TH GRADE question: "WHAT?"

In 9th grade, students are questioning the world around them with an interest in the dynamics of change. With this in mind, the Waldorf curriculum introduces the study of historical revolutions, thermodynamics, and anatomy.

English, History, and the Humanities:
The Novel
Grammar, vocabulary, spelling, public speaking
Expository and creative writing
Journal writing
Poetry
History of Drama
American History 1607-1940
American Government and Modern History
History through Western Art

Science and Mathematics:
Algebra I or Geometry
Codes and Number Theory
Physics of Heat
Introduction to Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
Human Anatomy
Geology

Modern World Languages:
Spanish or German-Level I, II, or III
Advanced Levels III and IV

The Arts, Music, & Movement:
Black & White drawing
Copper work and blacksmithing
Chorus
Band & Orchestra
Physical Education
Eurythmy


the 10TH GRADE question: "HOW?"

By 10th grade, the students develop a more harmonious worldview, revealed in questions such as "How do the processes of the world bring contrasts into balance?" The 10th grade students study balance and harmony as they manifest in mechanics, poetry, and ancient cultures.

English, History, and the Humanities:
The Art of Poetry
Dramatic Production
Grammar, vocabulary, and writing
Short story and essay writing
Ancient Cultures
Greek History
Social Studies

Science and Mathematics:
Euclidean Geometry & Surveying
Descriptive Geometry
Geometry, Algebra II, or Trigonometry
Physics of Motion
Inorganic Chemistry
Human Physiology
Climatology

Modern World Languages:
Spanish or German-Level I, II, or III
Advanced Levels III and IV

The Arts, Music, & Movement:
Color theory and watercolor painting
Geometric floorcloths
Chorus
Band & Orchestra
Physical Education
Eurythmy


the 11TH GRADE question: "WHY?"

Between 10th and 11th 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.

English, History, and the Humanities:
Parzival, Dante, and Shakespeare
The Canterbury Tales
The Romantic Poets: Blake to Keats
Grammar and vocabulary
A study of comparison and contrast
Dramatic Monologues
Western Civilization: 1348-1850
Medieval History
World Geography

Science and Mathematics:
Projective Geometry
Algebra II, Trigonometry, or Calculus
Physics of Electricity and Magnetism
Inorganic Chemistry II
Human Embryology
Botany
Advanced Physics Elective
Advanced Biology Elective
Advanced Chemistry Elective

Modern World Languages:
Spanish or German-Level I, II, or III
Advanced Levels III and IV

The Arts, Music, & Movement:
Observational drawing and painting
Paper marbelling and bookcraft
Chorus
Band & Orchestra
Physical Education
Eurythmy


the 12th GRADE question: "WHO AM I?"

As seniors, students explore the nature of existence through such sources as American transcendentalism, Russian literature, evolutionary theory, and modern history. Internships and independent senior projects reflect the students' emerging individuality.

English, History and the Humanities:
The Birth of American Literature
Dramatic Production
Literature and modern poetry
Poetry or Russian Literature Elective
20th Century History
Philosophy and Ethics
History of China
History through Architecture
Economics

Science and Mathematics:
Calculus, Topics in Applied Mathematics, or Advanced Topics in Mathematics
Astronomy
Biochemistry
Zoology

Modern World Languages:
Spanish or German-Level I, II, or III
Advanced Levels III and IV

The Arts, Music, & Movement:
Portraiture
Bookbinding
Chorus
Band & Orchestra
Physical Education
Eurythmy