"Young people, especially those in High School, need to be inspired. Additionally, we need to feel safe and secure enough to take that inspiration and turn it into something real, lasting, and meaningful. Without an inspired learning environment, we can't find our place in the world or be content with ourselves. As a student at Monadnock Waldorf High School I have received knowledge and skills in plenty and along with these, the inspiration to go further with them."
- Perin Ellsworth-Heller
At Monadnock Waldorf High School, we know that the questions are as important as the answers. Complexity - in global affairs, personal growth, scientific development or any areas of study - is learned, experienced and understood based on a student's ability to inquire. Waldorf education gives students expert experience and confidence to address the act of learning (in both externally structured and self-guided situations) through disciplined inquiry, multi-layered reasoning and deductive processes.
Our students utilize objective observations, cataloguing and organizing details and synthesizing reasoning to reach understanding. The exploration integrated in this process of examination is the foundational tenet of self-motivated learning.
In Mathematics, our students don't just learn about math equations, they learn about the inventors of those equations. They study the politics behind the acceptance of those theories and discuss and analyze differing theories of that mathmetician's colleagues and competitors.
Cultures are studied in the context of their religious, artistic, philosophical and environmental perspectives.
In High School, learning is approached through phenomenological study. Students observe and record information and form their own questions for further analysis and debate before coming to conclusions. They then present and defend their well-reasoned outcomes, listening carefully to the experience and conclusions of their classmates.
Flexible thinking, an ability to see the larger picture in any situation, adept perception of the connections between events and subjects, confidence in your ability to learn in any situation - these are skills acquired by our High School students through the rigorous and in-depth Waldorf approach to learning.
Monadnock Waldorf High School offers a rigorous academic curriculum 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 stride boldly into their own bright futures.
“By the time they reach us at the college and university level, these students are grounded broadly and deeply and have a remarkable enthusiasm for learning. Such students possess the eye of the discoverer, and the compassionate heart of the reformer which, when joined to a task, can change the planet.” Arthur Zajonc, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Amherst College