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At Green Meadow Waldorf School, education is not limited to classroom experiences. We introduce experiential activities that build upon the lessons and bring learning to life, so our students gain a fuller and more enriching understanding of their subjects.
Our academically challenging, arts-infused curriculum includes block-style learning and offers a classical education. This education develops adults who have the opportunity to reach their full potential, excelling in many areas, unafraid to take risks as they work to solve problems. In our school environment, academic standards are rigorous and stress is minimized by strong relationships, ample artistic and physical activity, and opportunities for joy and discovery.
We expose your child to our broad curriculum, and our teachers are able to bring out the potential within each student, in accordance with the Latin root of the word “educare,” meaning “to draw out.” Waldorf Education intrinsically nurtures the development of lifelong relationships and a sense of community, and also offers students invaluable opportunities to work through challenges, fostering essential social skills.
Three key aspects of the education make this possible. The Class Teachers often guide their students through several years, providing continuity and stability for the students as they develop and transform. Class Teachers are supported by a constellation of expert subject teachers who share in shepherding the class through the years. Classes of students grow together from first through twelfth grades. These three threads of relationship braid together, forming a social and human foundation from which the education grows.
We admit families, not just students. Green Meadow parents often comment on the sense of being part of a family, in a community of learners. Every member of the faculty and staff is focused on your family’s experience at Green Meadow and on making sure that your child gets the strongest possible foundation for a lifetime of learning and success.
The Lower School Curriculum
At Green Meadow Waldorf School, education is not limited to classroom experiences. By introducing experiential activities that build upon the lessons and bring learning to life, our students gain a fuller and more enriching understanding of their subjects. For example:
- Third-grade students build model-size dwellings during their main-lesson block dedicated to "shelters," and then take a memorable five-day trip in the spring to Hawthorne Valley Farm, where they put to work the farming skills that they have been learning all year, while sharing their first experience together of being away from home and family.
- The fourth-grade curriculum includes a year-long theme of local geography, culminating in a trip to North-South Lake in the Catskills. Here, the students share their first class experience of sleeping in tents, cooking meals outdoors, and exploring the mountains. To read one parent's perspective on the value of trips like these, click here.
- Seventh-grade students venture into the unknown and discover and explore the self in many different ways. In their science classes, they are introduced to chemistry by studying the lime process and discovering the exciting and sometimes dangerous nature of fire, acids, bases, and salts. After getting to know various substances and how each one reacts to fire, the students build a brick kiln to experience firsthand the wonders of chemical science.