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 mathematician’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, having 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 the 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.
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Monadnock Waldorf High School offers a deep and broad academic program providing each student with a strong foundation for post-secondary work. The following is a curriculum overview by grade:
Morning Lesson Subjects
Geometric Transformation, History through Art, American History, Organic Chemistry, Thermal Physics, Comedy and Tragedy, Modern History, Geology, Moby Dick, Human Physiology.
Math 1 Skills Course —Instruction and practice of basic algebra, factoring, and probability, word problems, solving linear equations, quadratic equations, simultaneous equations and graphing.
Science – Thermal Physics, Organic Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Geology.
English Class Skills – Literature, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, public speaking, creative writing, spelling and short stories.
Fine and Practical Arts – Black and white drawing and block printing, copper work, printmaking, woodworking, calligraphy.
Other Subjects World language, instrumental music, choir, eurythmy, physical education, community service
Morning Lesson Subjects
Ancient History, the Bible as Literature, Trigonometry, full drama production, Mechanics, Stoichiometry, Hydrology, Ancient History 2, Embryology, the Iliad and Odyssey.
Math 2 Skills Class - Euclidian geometry proofs using the axiomatic method, trigonometry, algebraic and coordinate geometry treatment of conic sections.
Science - Physics (Mechanics), Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Human Embryology, Hydrology.
English Skills Class — Literature, grammar, vocabulary, expanding from the effective paragraph to the longer essay and full-length story.
Fine and Practical Arts — Weaving, ironwork, stagecraft, color 1&2, painting and drawing, jewelry and fine metals.
Other Subjects World language, instrumental music, choir, physical education, eurythmy.
Morning Lesson Subjects History through Music, Meteorology, Electricity and Magnetism, Medieval Renaissance History, Projective Geometry, Dante, Atomic Chemistry, Shakespeare studies, Botany.
Math 3 Skills Class – Complex numbers, polynomial fractions, irrational numbers, advanced analytical geometry, advanced trigonometry.
Science – Physics (Electricity and Magnetism), Atomic Chemistry, Botany, Meteorology.
English Skills Class – SAT/ACT prep work, advanced grammar, a major paper of comparison and contrast.
Fine and Practical Arts – Woodwork, visual design, figure drawing, photography.
World language, instrumental music, choir, eurythmy, physical education.
Morning Lesson Subjects
Zoology, Calculus, Astronomy, Transcendentalism, World Culture, Biochemistry, History Through Architecture, Senior Project, Faust, Physics of Vision, full drama production.
Math 4 Skills Class – Calculus: deepening of differentiation and integration and equation and graphical orientation using a variety of problems in different fields.
Science – Physics (Mathematical), Biochemistry, Zoology, Astronomy.
English Skills Class – Study of literature and modern poetry, refined grammar, vocabulary, and demonstrating styles of writing.
Fine and Practical Arts- Portrait drawing and painting, stone carving, stained glass, bookbinding.
World Language, instrumental music, choir, physical education, eurythmy
“The unique thing is the remarkable seriousness and dedication to the academic life, its demands and its delights; it is very rare to see in such a young student.” Joseph Lauinger, Professor of Dramatic Literature, Chairman Literature Division, Sarah Lawrence College.