The Waldorf School curriculum, developed and refined over the past seven decades, is designed as a unity, and its subjects are introduced and developed in a sequence that mirrors the inner development of the growing child. Incoming students at every grade level readily adjust to the natural progression of the curriculum.
In addition to the comprehensive academic curriculum of the sciences, mathematics, and language arts, there is a sequential curriculum in foreign language, vocal and instrumental music, speech and drama, drawing and watercolor painting, handwork and modeling, physical education, sports, and Eurythmy.
The record of each of the childrens experiences through the days and weeks is gathered in books which they write and illustrate. Later, in adolescence, these experiences, and the enthusiasm for learning that is quickened through them, become a sound basis for the unfolding of individual intellect and judgment.
The progress of each child is shared and discussed with parents through written reports and parent-teacher conferences. In the seventh and eighth grades, standard achievement tests are taken yearly in the Spring as a preparation for the transition to high school. Our students score in the upper percentiles in both reading and mathematics, and are consistently welcomed and successful in any high school situation. they choose.
In an unhurried way, the Waldorf curriculum unfolds in close correspondence to the inner and outer developmental needs of the maturing child: Science grows out of a mood of reverence and delight toward a living earth experienced in seasonal festivals, nature stories, and outings in Kindergarten and the early grades. Zoology and botany in Grades Four and Five build on the child’s natural curiosity and the enjoyment of nature by focusing on how plants and animals live and grow. As students become more interested in how things work, optics, acoustics, and electricity are explored beginning in Grade Six. By eighth grade, students have discovered principles of mineralogy, astronomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, aerodynamics, meteorology, hydraulics, and pneumatics.
Language arts begins with the children discovering the forms of letters in pictures they draw to illustrate stories they are told. From their own writing they gradually learn to read. Poetry, creative writing, oral storytelling, and a library of well-chosen literature for children provides a rich medium for the students to develop the art of listening, speaking, and writing.
Literature and history give a broad overview of cultures throughout the ages. Fairy tales and myths are presented in the lower grades. Ancient history and the classics lead into the full study of world histories up to modern times.
Mathematics begins with rhythmic movement, recitation, and games in the early grades, where the qualities of numbers are discovered, and expand to include the mental computation of problems in algebra and an understanding of business math, freehand and solid geometry.
Geography leads children into the wider world, beginning with local geography, leading to the exploration of the city, the state, the country, the continent, the earth, and the wonders of the universe. The study of geography becomes an opportunity to discover our responsibility to the earth and to one another.
Artistic subject classes:
Foreign language: Spanish
Music: Singing, flute, recorder, lyre, orchestral instruments
Handcrafts: Knitting, needlework, sewing, quilting, crocheting, woodcarving, clay modeling
Movement: Folk dancing, eurythmy (new art of movement experienced through poetry and music), ballroom dancing
Physical education and games in the early grades are the traditional running and jumping games, in grades 3 & 4 we bring more physically demanding games. Grade 5 mirrors the curriculum with training that culminates with a Greek pentathlon. The upper grades work with Bothmer gymnastics, juggling, and rod fencing as well as basketball, football, volleyball, and a host of other sports.