Our middle school curriculum and programs are designed specifically to meet the unique emotional and social needs of young adolescents.
Students’ awakening intellects are ready for critical and objective thinking, knowledge of cause and effect, and more refined observation, which they experience in academic main lesson blocks, with themes such as the Renaissance, physics and the history of algebra. Their budding emotional lives blossom through positive and concrete modes of expression, which include the study and writing of poetry, literature and biographies. They experience a dynamic interplay of knowledge of self and the world as they engage in a wide variety of arts – from painting, sculpting, woodworking and orchestra and chorus to the annual production of a class play.
Additional programs challenge our middle-school students in unique ways. For example, the 6th Grade Knighting ceremony corresponds to their study of the Middle Ages and serves as a deeply meaningful rite of passage. A hallmark of 7th and 8th grade, the science fair requires each student to conduct original research on a chosen topic, research that they present and defend before a group of professional scientists.
The distinguishing characteristics that I notice about Waldorf students are their creative thinking, their self-confidence, and their love of learning — qualities that make learning refreshing.