Now enrolling Grade 9 students for September 2018
Small means personal, and personal means engaged. Students will have friends, across the grades and will be truly seen, heard and understood by the faculty. Class sizes will be purposely small so as to engage in the meaningful curriculum in a deeper way. A smaller class has the flexibility to travel to caves on the Niagara Escarpment (Geography), to sail on Lake Ontario (Physical Education), and to create the clubs and sports teams that are compatible with their interests.
Students will experience scientific phenomena and sing together; act in plays and design a robot; the musician will meet the mathematician every day. Every student will engage with every discipline. The Waldorf high school experience will awaken the breadth and depth of a variety of capacities. With the integrated and arts-infused curriculum, our students will amaze themselves by their creative competency.
Waldorf teachers are drawn to the unique nature of the Waldorf curriculum and teaching methods. Highly motivated and trained to deliver experiential and inspiring educational lessons, this faculty will be guides to young people, and stand with the students as class advisors, counsellors and trip leaders. Life long bonds are formed between the faculty and their students.
Students who enter grade 9 seek analytical thought and academic rigor, yet often see the world in black-and-white. In the Humanities, they will study Comedy and Tragedy and black and white drawing in Fine Arts. Through the curriculum, our students will explore these polarities which mirror the physical and emotional changes that occur at this stage of adolescence. Each year the Waldorf high school curriculum provides experiences that meet the unique developmental phase of adolescence.
The core of the curriculum will be delivered in daily 1.5-hour Morning Lessons, taught in rotating blocks lasting three to four weeks. This intense engagement with a topic, both artistically and academically, enlivens the classroom experience and allows the students to discover and develop a deep understanding of fundamental concepts. Direct source material often replaces textbooks, and this format of study encourages debate and discussion. Find the outline of the Grade 9 morning lessons below:
Skills classes occur throughout the year in subjects such as English, Math and Language. Find the outline of the Grade 9 weekly schedule below:
Academics might seem abstract and irrelevant when boundaries between disciplines occur; at the Waldorf high school, the significance of a concept returns when it is seen in the larger integrated context. Making a Greek mask and acting out scenes from Oedipus Rex in grade 9 enrich the study of Greek History in grade 11. Sculpting human bones out of clay brings anatomy to life unlike any textbook. When multiple senses are engaged across disciplines, interest and understanding increase.
In our small school, we will make use of all that Burlington and area has to offer by taking the students out into the community as much as possible. Science at the Royal Botanical Gardens, weaving at the Burlington Arts Centre, and rock climbing on the Escarpment are a few examples of what our students will be privileged to experience. Every year experiential learning expands horizons. Opportunities will include: Grade 9 students living on a farm for three weeks and taking a white-water canoe trip; Grade 10 students working in a local business for 2 weeks and going on an International exchange; Grade 11 students developing empathy on their Social Practicum and later studying Marine Biology in New Brunswick; and the Grade 12 students’ final trip can take them as far afield as Iceland.
Worldwide, Waldorf graduates are sought after as creative and confident critical thinkers ready to take on our interconnected and ever-changing world. Canadian Waldorf high school graduates are currently at University of Toronto law school, touring as musicians, and working as vets and software engineers. As we move from an age of information and technology to one of ideas and innovation, modern think tanks emphasize the importance of creativity, empathy, and critical thinking for the work world of the 21st century…all hallmarks of Waldorf education. https://www.pearsoned.com/21st-century-skills-the-future-for-students-academic-and-career-success/
Our graduates will receive the Ontario Secondary School Diplomas, with our curriculum exceeding the requirements of the province in all subjects. Most of all, they will have the confidence and the capacities to be adaptive life-long learners.
“When Waldorf students reach us at the college level, they are grounded broadly and deeply and have a remarkable enthusiasm for learning. Such students possess the eye of discoverers and the compassionate heart of the reformer which, when joined to a task, can change the planet.”
-Arthur Zajonc, Associate Professor of Physics, Amherst University