High School

The theme of the high school is the world is true. Throughout these years, we strive to maintain the balance of intellectual, artistic and practical pursuits bound by the golden thread of relevance to the human being. In keeping with the students’ growing capacities, curricula are grasped through listening, thinking, discussion, reflection and, as always, through artistic expression. As in other high schools, we offer specialised subjects, with teachers who are specialists in their fields. However, unlike other schools, all students study all subjects. The aim of the high school curriculum is to support and lead students out of themselves and into the modern world through a search for truth by developing abiding interests, discernment, critical thinking, and sound judgment.

Students begin high school in the year that they turn 14. Throughout their high school years, they are given a liberal education that provides both breadth and depth across the sciences, humanities, arts and practical subjects. The breadth of the curriculum provides students with a broad base of learning through which to understand their world: the pyramid is a stronger structure than the skyscraper with its narrow foundations; so too individuals may founder when they have only narrow interests and skills and an emphasis on the intellect alone. Waldorf students are not required to choose subjects before they know their own abilities, interests and values so they are better prepared for their future roles as purposeful, creative, responsible and multi-skilled individuals.

In the early high school years, young people want to be citizens of the modern world, so their learning is woven around this drive. They want to understand what the world is about and are fascinated with power and strengths. So in history and physics, for example, power and energy are addressed. At this time in their lives when some find it difficult to focus, students are supported to direct their energies. The Rite Journey program supports the transition from childhood to adolescence, from primary school to high school.

By the middle high school years, the students are interested in how things came to be in the form we see them today: governments, the physical world, cultural understandings. The question ‘Why?’ figures in their thinking as they challenge conventional practices in the process of developing existential wisdom to guide their life paths. So this is the key theme of teaching in these years.

By the final year of high school, students bring their honed analytical and synthetic skills to the question of ‘Who?’: who is behind a particular world view?; who is the author of a given doctrine? Awareness of culture is heightened at the same time, as is appreciation of the universality of humanity’s core questions. At the completion of their high school education, without losing sight of their ideals the students can recognise that life involves paradoxes.

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High School Curriculum Document

 


"In the head the power of faith; in the heart the might of love; in the full human being, all-sustaining hope."
Rudolf Steiner