Academics

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School offers students a Waldorf curriculum from early childhood through Grade 12. Each year’s curriculum is designed to meet the unique needs of the developing child or young adult.

The Early Childhood Program offers opportunities for families with children from birth to 6 years. The Lower School, grades 1 through 5, begins the eight-year journey through the curriculum under the guidance of a class teacher who carries the students into and through the Middle School years (grades 6 through 8) where skills are strengthened and opportunities for more in-depth study are increased in preparation for High School. In the High School the curriculum is structured in a block system, with each block taught by an individual with mastery in the field. The students are given individual faculty advisors who guide, instruct, and support these young men and women from Grade 9 until graduation in Grade 12.

The curriculum is highly interdisciplinary, blending academics with lessons in the fine and practical arts, nature and farm-based activities, class trips, and more.

 

Each child’s journey is unique. As Waldorf educators, we strive to impact their journeys in ways that are both powerful and lifelong. How can we best connect children to their natural and wondrous abilities? How can we foster an environment fertile enough to spark their highest sense of purpose? When we allow them to have wonder it’s a gift, and it’s a seed that is planted in them that will grow into adulthood.  And, if we can do this, if we can plant the seeds of joy, and love, and gratitude through our teaching and through our support, then we are giving the child a gift for their future.
~ Katie Demers, Teacher