High School

Ms. Roberts and StudentThe Waldorf High School offers a rigorous academic curriculum which is balanced with a thorough cultivation of artistic skills and practical work. Learning to think is emphasized over what to think. Students are encouraged to recognize that what they learn in the classroom is relevant to their everyday lives and prepares them to create their own futures.

 

Hours

8:20am-2:40pm

 

CURRICULUM

Jump to individual class curriculum: Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Week long immersion trips have recently been added to our High School curriculum. During their study of Modern History, the 9th grade will be spending time in Washington DC. The 10th grade  will study trigonometry as it relates to our world through the experience of rudimentary surveying of the land at the YMCA camp in the Catskills. Our 11th grade spends the entire week working with the Adirondack Shakespeare Company. The 12th grade heads to the Adirondacks  for Astronomy studies to take in the night stars and open skies.

The students have many opportunities to mix with students in other grades: language classes are mixed groups, orchestra and music classes are mixed, lunch times and break times are informal, and there is a weekly forum in which all the students participate.

Students in the high school continue to create their own illustrated main lesson books but are increasingly turning to other mediums to support their main lesson work. Computers are adjuncts to the main focus of the students’ efforts, which continue to be derived from lectures, observation and hands-on experience.

In 11th grade, students take up career and personal exploration through our “Junior Internship Program”.  They choose an area of interest, research issues, interview professionals and work with mentors and business partners.  Student’s journal, meet with life coaches and business professionals, participate in workshops and learn time management skills while planning their internship.  They spend a week on site participating in a business during regular business hours.  Upon returning to school, students make a presentation to the entire student body about their experiences, write a summary of their work and participate in an assessment process with the business partner and internship team member.

In the 12th grade comes the “Senior Project.” Each student must choose a project that deeply interests them and that will take most of the year to complete. Public presentations are done in May. A high school teacher is assigned to each student as a mentor to offer direction and guidance as the student plans and creates their Senior Project.  Past projects have included; building a barn, building a computer and software, making a wooden rowing skull, climbing the 46 high peaks of the Adirondacks, writing a concerto and completing internships at the New York City Opera, the District Attorney’s Office, and a Kindergarten in the Bronx.

The  High School devotes one week of the academic year to Electives Week, a week when faculty and invited guests offer courses outside the regular academic spectrum. Students from grades 8 through 12 are assigned to courses based on student choice as opposed to grade level.

Twenty Hours of Community service is expected from every high school student grades 9-11.  The choices are quite wide and are arranged in agreement with the faculty advisor. The community service requirement appears on the student’s final transcript.

 

Curriculum

At the Waldorf School High School, we offer a substantial academic program that provides each student with a strong foundation for post-secondary work.  The following is a curriculum overview by grade:

GRADE 9

MAIN LESSON BLOCKS
LITERATURE: Comedy & Tragedy, Moby Dick
HISTORY: Art History, American History, Modern History
PHYSICS: Thermal Physics
CHEMISTRY: Organic Chemistry
BIOLOGY: Anatomy & Physiology
EARTH SCIENCE: Geology
MATHEMATICS: Geometric Transformation

ON-GOING COURSES
English Skills Class – Work with Literature, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, speaking, creative writing, spelling and short stories.

Math 1 Skills Course – development and practice of basic algebra, factoring, and probability word problems, solving linear equations, quadratic equations, simultaneous equations and graphing.

French or German

Fine and Practical Arts

  • Black & White
  • Copperwork
  • Printmaking
  • Woodworking
  • Calligraphy

Eurythmy

Physical Education

Chorus

Orchestra or Recorder or a Capella

Grade 10

MAIN LESSON BLOCKS
LITERATURE: Illiad & Odyssey, Bible as Literature
HISTORY: Ancient History,1 & 2
PHYSICS: Mechanics
CHEMISTRY: Stoichiometry
BIOLOGY: Embryology
EARTH SCIENCE: Hydrology
MATHEMATICS: Trigonometry

ON-GOING COURSES
English Skills Class – literature, grammar, vocabulary, expanding from the effective paragraph to the longer essay and full-length story.

Math 2 Skills Class – Euclidian geometry proofs using the axiomatic method, trigonometry, algebraic and coordinate geometry treatment of conic sections.

French or German

Fine and Practical Arts

  • Weaving
  • Iron-working
  • Clay
  • Color I
  • Color II

Eurythmy
Physical Education
Chorus

Orchestra or Recorder or a Capella

Grade 11

MAIN LESSON BLOCKS
LITERATURE: Parzival, Shakespeare, Dante
HISTORY: History of Music, History of Renaissance
PHYSICS: Electricity & Magnetism
CHEMISTRY: Atomic Chemistry
BIOLOGY: Botany
EARTH SCIENCE: Meteorology
MATHEMATICS: Projective Geometry

ON-GOING COURSES
English Skills Class – SAT prep work, work with grammar, a major paper of comparison and contrast.

Math 3 Skills Class – complex numbers, polynomial fractions, irrational numbers, advanced analytical geometry, advanced trigonometry.

French or German

Fine and Practical Arts

  • Woodworking
  • Visual Design
  • Figure Drawing
  • Photography

Eurythmy

Physical Education

Chorus

Orchestra or Recorder or a Capella

Grade 12

MAIN LESSON BLOCKS
LITERATURE: Transcendentalism, Faust
HISTORY: History through Architecture, World Culture
PHYSICS: Astronomy, Physics of Vision
CHEMISTRY: Biochemistry
BIOLOGY: Zoology
MATHEMATICS: Calculus

ON-GOING COURSES
English Skills Class – study of literature and modern poetry, students refine grammar, expand vocabulary and control various styles of writing.

Math 4 Skills Class – Calculus: deepening of differentiation and integration from and equation and graphical orientation using a variety of problems in different fields.

Choice of: Mathematical Physics / Quantitative Chem OR French or German

Human Development

Fine and Practical Arts

  • Portrait Drawing
  • Stone Carving
  • Stained Glass
  • Bookbinding

Eurythmy

Physical Education

Chorus

Orchestra or Recorder or a Capella