FAQ

EWHS FAQ

What kind of students is EWHS looking for?
Do Waldorf high school graduates attend college?
Will EWHS assist students with college admissions?
How is the high school different from the grades school?
What’s the point of the main lesson blocks?
How much choice do students have in their courses?
Which sports will EWHS offer?
Will Social and extracurricular clubs be available?
Will EWHS offer student exchanges?
As your high school is just starting and will have a relatively small enrollment, how will students’ social needs met?
Will EWHS students have the opportunity to perform community service?
Will students use technology?
What is EWHS’ policy on diversity?
How are EWHS faculty selected?
What resources will be available for students?

 

What kind of students is EWHS looking for?
EWHS is looking for students seeking a well-rounded, balanced and rich academic high school education.  The Waldorf high school curriculum offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in subjects taught by experts in a wide variety of areas.  Rigorous main lesson classes are punctuated by those requiring physical or artistic thinking – thus balancing the students’ day with in-breaths and out-breaths, and allowing the student the necessary time to process and absorb the day’s lessons.  The curriculum gives students a well-rounded basis from which to work and an opportunity to select additional courses, projects and activities that appeal to their individual interests.  Course work is supplemented with many opportunities for community service, sports and extracurricular activities.

 

Do Waldorf high school graduates attend college?
94% of Waldorf high school graduates attend college according to a study completed by the Research Institute for Waldorf Education.  A list of colleges attended by Waldorf graduates is available here.

 

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Will EWHS assist students with college admissions?
School counselors assist students in using outside SAT Test preparation courses, and in preparing college applications.  More information about where students go to college and what career paths they choose is available here.

 

How is the high school different from the grades school?

Our approach to education is very different from the approach in the grade school. Here are some of the differences:

  • The role of the class teacher is replaced by a large diversified faculty of experts in their fields.
  • The students are actively involved in shaping their own education in a manner that continually challenges them to be reflective, responsive and responsible.
  • Students choose from a broad range of elective courses alongside a rich core curriculum.
  • Students pursue modes of learning that are much more varied and individualized.
  • Classes, projects and social life bring students together from all grade levels.
  • Students, teachers and parents are co-responsible for actively shaping the values of the high school community.

But one thing is not different: As a Waldorf school we continue to strive to develop our students’ fullest potential as human beings.

For students who have grown up in Waldorf schools, the high school years offer the blossoming of previously planted seeds. The fairy tales that nourish first graders also develop the imaginative faculties high school students rely upon when they delve into the more adult tales of Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Hamlet and Faust. Simple form drawings that second graders practice transform into explorations regarding the nature of infinity in eleventh grade projective geometry. The Spanish songs they learn in the grade school may lead to a term abroad at age 16 or 17.

For students coming from other educational settings, they find a community of teachers dedicated to meeting the needs of the emerging individuality in every young person. Our teachers endeavor to stimulate in their students an enlivened thinking, at once objective and imaginative, a thinking warmed by enthusiasm for learning and capable of inspiring decisive action in the world. The teachers recognize that every question contains a quest; with this understanding they approach their students and their subjects.

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What’s the point of the main lesson blocks?
Students learn best when they immerse themselves in a subject and experience it in many different ways. Because the main lesson subjects are developed over the span of four years, students are able to approach them with ever greater levels of maturity.

 

How much choice do students have in their courses?
All students take a required series of main lesson courses. During their first two years, while they are fulfilling their English, math and language requirements, they have academic electives in science and literature. During their last two years, students may elect ongoing courses in literature, math, language, the sciences and the social sciences. Almost all of the afternoon activities, such as art, practical arts and physical education, are also electives.

 

Which sports will EWHS offer?
Our offerings are expandable and adaptable based on the interests of current students.  Examples include: circus arts, track, volleyball, soccer, co-ed soccer, flag football, basketball, swimming, fencing, crew, rock climbing, cycling, diving, gymnastics, ultimate Frisbee, and golf.

 

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Will Social and extracurricular clubs be available?

The social aspect of the high school experience will be integral in class work, but will also be enriched with access to student clubs.  Depending on student interest, these may include: debate, model UN, yearbook, student council, hiking, school newspaper, rockets, beekeeping and circus arts.

 

Will EWHS offer student exchanges?
Students interested in exchange programs will be assisted by the school counselor in making the necessary arrangements to spend a term abroad at another Waldorf school.  Exchanges also serve to provide an expanded social experience in a small school environment.

 

As your high school is just starting and will have a relatively small enrollment, how will students’ social needs met?
Teenagers have a number of seemingly contradictory needs. They long for the excitement and variety that large social gatherings offer. At the same time, they yearn for the recognition and sense of security that a more intimate setting can provide. In the initial stages of EWHS’ development, students will certainly enjoy the “family feeling” of a small but vital community. To satisfy young people’s needs for a “large pond,” teachers and counselors will be looking for opportunities to interact with other Waldorf high schools and other small independent high schools in our area, so that students can socialize, discuss issues of import, engage in friendly competition and perhaps even perform some shared community service.

 

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Will EWHS students have the opportunity to perform community service?
Community service is an integral part of the Waldorf high school experience.  With the assistance of an adviser, groups of students will be able to choose the areas in which they perform community advocacy and service.

 

Will students use technology?
The Waldorf high school curriculum integrates technology into student course work.  For specific courses see the curriculum overview.

 

What is EWHS’ policy on diversity?
EWHS feels that diversity in students, faculty and staff is an invaluable part of an educational community and will always strive to be as inclusive as possible.

 

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How are EWHS faculty selected?
Chosen for their expertise in their fields, EWHS will strive to have a full and diverse faculty of Waldorf high school trained teachers.  Initially, many teachers may come to EWHS from other parts of the country – these faculty bring with them years of teaching experience as well as specialized knowledge in their teaching area that might not otherwise be available locally.  These traveling specialists will join a local core of teachers that will serve as class advisors and counselors who will hold and guide the class through their high school experience.

 

What resources will be available for students?
Students will have advisors, college counseling and tutoring available if needed.  If additional assistance is needed, teachers, advisors and counselors will work with parents to see that each student’s specific needs are met.

 

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