Middle School: Grades 6-8

Through multi-faceted, multi-sensory learning experiences, teachers and students use a variety of intelligences to develop three distinct capacities –
for thinking, for feeling and for intentional, purposeful activity.
— Jack Petrash, Understanding Waldorf Education

The Waldorf middle school curriculum transforms significantly from that of earlier grades to nurture and support the changes taking place in upper grades students.

Critical reasoning skills, accurate observation, organizatioaln skills, and the development of individual sound judgment are emphasized in middle school. Meaningful field trips and guest speakers widen students’ horizons and introduce them to today’s world.

Middle school students will have tests and quizzes to prepare them for life beyond Waldorf. A letter and number grading system will be introduced. Homework will increase each year but will be relevant and consisting of reading, math practice, creative writing, research and special projects.

Our teachers have the creativity and time to go beyond merely skill building to in-depth engagement with content — whether physics, algebra, Shakespeare or the Industrial Revolution. 

Art, music and movement remain integral to the curriculum throughout middle school. The students need coordination of mind and body to help them be balanced and well-rounded young adults.

Middle School Curriculum

Grade 6

  • Language Arts: Grammar and composition, reading, spelling, report writing, poetry, and drama
  • Literature and History: Rome and the Middle Ages
  • Mathematics: Business math, computation and problem solving, geometric drawing
  • Botany, Mineralogy, Geology, Physics
  • World Geography
  • Foreign Language
  • Classics: Latin and Roman Culture
  • Physical Education: Team Sports, Archery and Dance.
  • Handwork: Fabric sculpture, painting, drawing, clay sculpture
  • Woodwork
  • Music: Recorder, Singing (rounds), Music notation, orchestra and chorus
  • Electives: Students choose a Friday elective in multiple blocks throughout the year.

Grade 7

  • Language Arts: Grammar and composition, creative writing, reading, spelling, report writing, note taking skills, researching, poetry, and drama
  • Literature and History: The Rennasaince and the Age of Exploartion
  • Mathematics: Negative numbers, inequalities, pre-algebra skills, geometry
  • Physics, Chemistry, Astonomy, Physiology
  • World Geography
  • Foreign Language
  • Classics: Latin and Roman Culture and literature
  • Physical Education: Team Sports, Archery, and Dance.
  • Handwork: Sewing clothing, painting, perspective drawing, clay sculpture
  • Woodwork
  • Music: Recorder, Singing (rounds), Music notation, orchestra and chorus
  • Electives: Students choose a Friday elective in multiple blocks throughout the year.

Grade 8

  • Language Arts: Grammar and composition, creative writing, reading, spelling, report writing, note taking skills, researching, poetry, literary forms, elements of style, and Shakespeare.
  • Literature and History: American History, Modern events, Life and Work of Shakespeare
  • Mathematics: Algebra, Geometry
  • Physics, Chemistry, Physiology
  • World Geography
  • Foreign Language
  • Classics: Latin and Roman Culture and literature
  • Physical Education: Team Sports and Dance.
  • Handwork: Machine sewing, painting, perspective drawing, clay sculpture
  • Woodwork
  • Music: Recorder, Singing (rounds), Music notation, orchestra and chorus
  • Electives: Students choose a Friday elective in multiple blocks throughout the year.