Curriculum
The High School
The High School curriculum is a bridge to the future, equipping today’s students with the capacity for critical thinking, synthesis, and creativity, enabling young adults to develop into thoughtful, engaged, articulate individuals.

There is a strong emphasis in the High School to help develop every student’s abilities to think creatively and independently. The rich, wide-ranging curriculum fosters this endeavor. It combines in-depth courses such as “History through Revolution,” “Thermodynamics”, and “Atomic Theory” with daily skill-building classes in math, literature, and foreign language.

All classes offer the opportunity for the students to excel and to prepare thoroughly for college and beyond. Movement, fine and applied arts, music, and drama further support the development of critical thinking as well as moral character. Elective classes encourage interest-based learning; community service initiatives balance self-development with a greater social awareness. Competitive team sports inspire personal growth and forge strong bonds through teamwork.

Ninth Grade
Entering high school is an exciting as well as challenging moment. In ninth grade a journey begins, which takes the young adult into a world where learning becomes more diverse. One apparent difference is that the ninth grade student no longer has a single class teacher. Each day the ninth grader works with a main lesson teacher, a math, English, and foreign language teacher. There are also visual artists, practicing artisans, musicians, as well as dance and hula instructors who work several times a week with the students. Every teacher is a specialist in his or her subject area.

The main lesson blocks are focusing on how things are done. The ninth grader seeks concrete answers to their questions. They want to know more about how something is done or how it occurs then why. Having this awareness, the high school faculty offers a curriculum that supports this developmental stage. There is a math course in permutations, computations, and probabilities, a main lesson in comedy and tragedy, a science classes in organic chemistry as well as biology. All of these subjects build a strong foundation for the more intellectually abstract coursework that comes in the upper grades.

At the end of the year, the entire ninth grade spends ten days on an organic farm. Here they work each day preparing the soil, planting, weeding, or harvesting. They also cook their own meals and, of course, spending time living and working together to work together strengthens and builds community.

Science:
  • Human Biology I
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Physiology Lab
  • Geology
  • Agriculture
Math:
  • Permutations
  • Combinations and Probability
  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry
Social Studies:
  • Hawaiian History
  • History (Revolutions)1500 to Present
  • History Through Art
English:
  • Comedy & Tragedy
  • Grammar & Writing
Foreign Language:
  • Spanish or Japanese
Performing Arts:
  • Band, Ballroom Dance, or Hula
Movement:
  • Physical Education
Studio Arts:
  • Copper work
  • Ceramics: Fundamental Vessels
  • Drawing
  • Bone Carving
Social Development:
  • Life Skills
  • 10 day Service Learning Practicum
Tenth Grade
In the tenth grade year the students are asking the question, “how?” How did the world come into being? How is this true? How does this work? Many of these questions originated in Ancient Greece and that is why the study of this time period and culture is of particular importance during the tenth grade year.

To prepare sophomores for the last two years of high school, it is important that they work together cohesively. While farming can be done individually, surveying and structure building will never succeed without teamwork. These activities help the students find some answers to their question of “how” the world works, namely through human interaction, cooperation, and synergy.

Science:
  • Human Biology II
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Mechanics   
  • Oceanography
  • Computer Hardware   
  • Lab, Surveying
Math:
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Geometric Proofs
Social Studies:
  • US History through Literature
  • Ancient History
  • US History
English:
  • Literature & Poetry
  • The Odyssey
Foreign Language:
  • Spanish or Japanese
Performing Arts:
  • Band, Ballroom Dance, or Hula
Movement:
  • Physical Education
Studio Arts:
  • Ceramics: Metamorphosis
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Photography
  • Blacksmithing
  • Carpentry
Social Development:
  • Life Skills
  • 10 day Service Learning Practicum
Eleventh Grade
The eleventh grade year is about rebuilding foundations. The students have answered the question “how” and have now moved on to the deeper question of “why.” Many juniors return from the summer after their sophomore year as seemingly much different people. They ask the question asked in the Renaissance, “why?” Why is this so? Why is this the way it is? The eleventh grader has now passed the halfway point in high school and is looking ahead to life after high school.

Life skills, languages, performing arts and movement all continue at an advanced level. The eleventh graders also begin working on their Capstone Projects during the second semester. Each student starts the process by selecting a mentor from the full-time faculty and then deciding on a question that he or she wants to research. By the end of their junior year, the students should be ready to write their Capstone Project papers and create the artistic elements of their projects.

In mathematics, the students study projective geometry, a pivotal main lesson in which they revisit and change the foundations of Euclidean geometry.

Science:
  • Botany
  • Atomic Theory
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Astronomy
  • Ecology Lab
  • Computer   
  • Programming Lab
Math:
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Projective Geometry
Social Studies:
  • History through Music
  • Asian History
English:
  • Parcival – Shakespeare
  • Medieval Literature to Shakespeare
  • Drama
Foreign Language:
  • Spanish or Japanese
Performing Arts:
  • Band, Ballroom Dance, or Hula
Movement:
  • Physical Education
Studio Arts:
  • Ceramics: Form and Light
  • Jewelry
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Woodwork
  • Media Design
Social Development:
  • Life Skills
  • Civics,
  • College Counseling
  • Service Learning Practicum
Twelfth Grade
The twelfth grade year is about synthesis. The students are taught to bring all of their ideas and perspectives together in order to form their own ideas and perspective. The question asked is “who?” as in who is behind this? Who created this and who is really speaking? This allows the twelfth graders to see different issues and ideas from different points of view and really to live into ways of thinking other than their own.

At the end of their senior year, the class presents the senior play, a major production on which the work begins as soon as the Capstone Projects are over. The class then embarks on a two-week senior trip overseas. The students have fundraised throughout high school for this trip. It may include visits to other Waldorf schools, the study of art and architecture, community service, or nature expeditions. The senior year is a demanding one and these final events strengthen the ties woven throughout the high school years and create the bonds that last a lifetime.

Graduation Requirements:
Math: 3.5 credits
English: 4 credits
Science: 3 credits
Foreign Language: 3 credits
Social Studies: 3 credits
Movement: 2 credits
Art: 3 credits
Performing Arts: 2 credits
Other: 1.5 credits
Total Credits: 25

Science:
  • Zoology
  • Biochemistry
  • Optics
  • Ecology Lab
Math:
  • Introduction to Calculus
  • Math Topics
  • Advanced Math Topics with Calculus
Social Studies:
  • Modern History: History through Architecture
  • World Economics
  • Modern Art
English:
  • World Literature
  • Class Play
  • The Human Being
  • Journalism
Foreign Language:
  • Spanish or Japanese
Performing Arts:
  • Band, Ballroom Dance, or Hula
Movement:
  • Physical Education
Studio Arts:
  • Ceramics: Self Portraits
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Stone Carving
  • Silk Screening
Social Development:
  • College Counseling
  • 14 days Senior Class Trip Abroad.