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MWHS: An Overview

At Monadnock Waldorf High School, we know that the questions are as important as the answers. Complexity—whether it be 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—both externally structured and self-guided—through disciplined inquiry, multi-layered reasoning, and deductive processes.

Our students utilize objective observations, catalogue and organize details, and synthesize reasoning to reach understanding. The exploration integrated in this process of examination is the foundation of a self-motivated learner.

For example, 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. Likewise, cultures are not studied in isolation but in the context of their religious, artistic, philosophical, and environmental perspectives.

Learning in a Waldorf high school is phenomenological. 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 experiences and conclusions of their classmates.

Flexible thinking, an ability to see the larger picture in any situation, adept perception of the connections between event and subject, confidence in one’s own ability to learn in any situation— these are skills acquired by our high school students through a Waldorf education.

Monadnock Waldorf High School offers a rigorous academic curriculum balanced with a thorough cultivation of artistic skills, practical work, and rich interaction with the larger world. Learning to think is emphasized over what to think. Students grow to recognize that what they learn relates to their everyday lives and prepares them to stride boldly into their own bright futures.