New in the 2018-2019 school year! The Waldorf School of Cape Cod is implementing a new structure for our Grades program. This new structure includes two innovative concepts.
First, we have committed to adopting a teacher looping structure that includes two unique loops: an Elementary School and Middle School teacher loop. The main lesson teachers in the Elementary School carry their students through a three or four-year term (see below). Then, when the class graduates into the Middle School loop, the Elementary School grades teacher loops back to second grade to carry the next class up through the lower grades.
Secondly, beginning in 2019-2020, this new structure will have one teacher dedicated to teaching First Grade as a stand-alone class. This is a necessary in transitioning our Early Childhood students into the Grades. In completing this two-year transition, we will then have in place a First Grade Teacher, two Elementary School teachers and two Middle School teachers.
The class combinations will follow this rotation starting in 2019.
2019-2020: Class 1, Class 2/3, Class 4/5, Class 6/7, Class 8
2020-2021: Class 1, Class 2, Class 3/4, Class 5/6, Class 7/8
2021-2022: Class 1, Class 2/3, Class 4/5, Class 6/7, Class 8
2022-2023: Class 1, Class 2, Class 3/4, Class 5/6, Class 7/8
The clarity of this new structure helps parents understand how their children will progress through the school. With these two more specialized loops, teachers can focus their energies on a more defined age group. Children will still be able to experience the bond that comes from the continuity of having their Class Teacher for several years in a row, but now will also be able to experience a diversity in teaching styles that will prepare them for their high school and beyond.
Combined Class Model
Our school has been slowly transitioning into a combined class model. This model is working well and has created a rich classroom experience for the grades children.
Typically a Waldorf teacher begins with a class in first grade and moved along with them through eighth grade. In our school teachers specialize as either a lower school teacher or middle school teacher.
Long Term Plan
This new model lays out a long term sustainable plan for a small school on Cape Cod for years to come.