A rapidly changing world calls for flexible, 创造性思维, 社会协作, 生态意识. At 爱默生华德福学校, curiosity and a passion for learning are nurtured in an environment that values social responsibility, environmental stewardship, 精神上的奋斗. Our graduates are prepared to fulfill their unique individual goals and impart meaning to their lives through development of mind, body, 和精神. They approach questions with empathy and creativity, strive for a future that embraces global peace, 正义, deep kinship with the natural world.
Emerson Waldorf 澳门金沙赌场 provides a 课程 that intentionally addresses the developmental stages of adolescents in each grade, while balancing academic rigor with artistic discernment, 生态思维, 以及实用技能. 具体地说, both the instructional approach and the 课程 assist students in developing their ability to engage with complexity and interconnectedness in the world around them and to create meaning and change in their environment.
Our academic calendar includes rotating main lesson blocks as well as year-long or semester-long track classes. 主要课程模块, such as Thermal Physics or Transcendentalism, allow students to work immersively in a single subject area daily over the course of a month, 通过讨论, 仔细观察, 实践调查, the use of primary text and classical or modern source readings. 学术课程, 比如数学, 英语, 历史, or Spanish allow students to build skills and comprehension through consistent engagement with course content throughout a semester or academic year. In addition to these academic classes, all students participate in fine arts, choral or instrumental music, visual and practical arts, 和运动.
In the Waldorf high school 课程, subjects that are traditionally taught in a single year, such as Biology in 9th grade or Chemistry in 10th grade, are distributed throughout all four grades. This allows students to consistently encounter those subjects as they move through the high school 课程 and to expand upon the previous years’ material with newly developed thinking capacities. In addition to this vertical progression, the 课程 also features horizontal integration within a particular grade (summarized below), so that students can make connections across subjects through their own experiences in each class.
Students are taught by dynamic and engaging teachers who are specialists in their areas of study. Each grade has two faculty members acting as class sponsors who are responsible for the social well-being of the class. Each student also has their own faculty advisor who acts as an advocate and supports the bigger picture for the individual student in both their academic and social realms.
Emerson Waldorf 澳门金沙赌场 students have the unique opportunity to experience another culture while continuing their Waldorf education by studying abroad. There is no fee to attend another Waldorf high school when students from two schools agree to an educational exchange. Students can attend another Waldorf school for three weeks up to a full semester. With Waldorf schools on six continents, students can study in the country of their choice!
Accompanied by two faculty sponsors, each class travels as a group on a week-long 课程 trip in the month of May. These trips correlate with both a main lesson block and the theme of the class year. Ninth graders participate in a week long service learning experience at communities such as Innisfree Village in Virginia or Camp Hill in Pennsylvania, the tenth grade class heads to the coast to go sailing in conjunction with their Odyssey block and 11th graders work with bees at Spikenard Farms to complement their botany block. 12th grade students bookend their year with two week long trips; the fall trip has a zoology focus and the spring trip is typically service oriented.
Each school year begins with a three-day retreat, during which the students participate in a visioning process for the school year. 去年, the high school created a student social contract and honor code, putting into words the values of our school community.
High school clubs are student led and organized. 俱乐部 that have been created include: The Student Service Club, 机器人俱乐部, 可持续发展俱乐部, 音乐俱乐部, 朋克与垃圾, 诗歌俱乐部, 和奶酪教堂.