At Green Meadow, students’ capacities for learning are awakened and enriched by an education brought to life through storytelling, movement, recitation, dramatic acting, music, drawing, and painting. An emphasis on oral expression in all subjects enables our students to develop public speaking skills. Our carefully constructed curriculum includes a comprehensive humanities program based on the great literature and the history and culture of world civilizations. Green Meadow’s excellent math program builds proficiency in arithmetic, geometry, algebra, trigonometry and calculus. Science offerings in biology, earth sciences, chemistry and physics contain a strong empirical component, allowing students to learn scientific principles through first-hand experience and observation.
Unique to Waldorf schools is the role of the Class Teachers, who often guide classes through several years as guardians and mentors. These teachers are supported by a core of subject teachers who meet with the students twice a week, adding more subjects each year, ultimately to include physical education and competitive sports, instrumental music, woodworking, crafts, drama, and much more.
An array of specialty classes complements and supports Green Meadow’s main academic curriculum:
- A comprehensive physical education and sports program enables our students to learn to move and compete in healthy ways. Green Meadow students also learn the art of eurythmy, a form of movement in which language and music are expressed through movement and gesture.
- Through our extensive music program, all Green Meadow students take up the recorder in the first grade, begin stringed instrument lessons in the third grade--with an option to switch to wind or percussion in the fifth grade--and develop their musical training through instruction in theory, chorus, orchestra, and band.
- Classes in handwork and applied arts stimulate both the imagination and the intellect. Students are taught knitting in first grade, move on to learn woodworking, pottery, and metalwork among other arts, and by twelfth grade are skilled at bookbinding.
- Instruction in two foreign languages (Spanish and German) begins in the first grade and continues through the twelfth (students select one language in eighth in which to concentrate through twelfth); many of our high school students choose to apply their language skills by spending a semester abroad through our International Exchange Program.