The Waldorf curriculum is unique in its multi-faceted approach to learning. Students learn concepts and practice skills in cross-curricular experiences that reinforce each other.
- Waldorf teachers integrate an artistic sense of wonder and beauty into all subjects. By combining handwork, art, music, and movement with the study of science, mathematics, literature, and history, students learn that there are many different ways to see and understand the world. The Waldorf curriculum immerses students in image, sound, and movement. This strengthens imaginative powers at every level.
- The Waldorf curriculum is multidisciplinary and experiential. Eighth graders study human physiology and model a human head, hand, or foot in clay. Fourth graders study the Norse sagas and draw the interlocking forms of Norse art. Fifth graders study Ancient Greece and participate in an Olympiad with other area schools. In all grades, students hand write and illustrate their own texts.
- The Waldorf curriculum uses a block schedule in which one subject – for example, in first grade language arts or arithmetic, in sixth grade geology or business math – is taught daily in a morning main lesson. This main lesson is two hours long and a block runs for three to five weeks. This style of block teaching allows the teacher to approach the subject creatively and intensively from different viewpoints and with varied methods and materials.
- The grade school teacher develops a special bond with their class by teaching the main lesson through all eight grades. This continuity gives the teacher a deep understanding of each student’s strengths and challenges, and supports the development of lasting relationships in each class. The supporting subject classes – Japanese, Spanish, handwork, movement, music – are taught by subject teachers.
- The Waldorf curriculum is multicultural; students study the mythologies of the world. The history of humanity as it unfolds through time is at the core of the curriculum. Waldorf students learn to recognize the relationships of a culture’s archetypes to what that culture produces, its art and science, its music, and its handcrafts. This helps Waldorf students develop a curiosity and interest in other cultures.
Please refer to the Curriculum Guide PDF and the menu on the right for a list of specific learning objectives for subjects at each grade level.