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Information Sessions

For Prospective Students and Parents
We welcome prospective parents and students to attend one of our Information Sessions throughout the school year. You will have the opportunity to observe classes in session, meet faculty, students, and our Director of School. Information Sessions begin at 10:15 a.m. and run until noon. Registration is not required, but appreciated. Please click here to register!
 

Open House at Waldorf High School

Saturday, October 22, 2016
 
Please join us for our Admissions Open House on Saturday, October 22, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm!

Open House activities include:
  • Student guided tours of the school
  • Student panel with Q&A
  • and meet our Director of School, current students, parents, and teachers.
Registration is not required, but appreciated. Please click here or call 617-489-6600 to register. We look forward to seeing you at our Open House!

Welcome Back!

2016-2017: WHS' 20th Anniversary Year
On Tuesday, September 7, back-to-school festivities began with our New Student Welcome, hosted by the Senior class. New students, Seniors, Mrs. Secor, Mr. Booth, and Ms. Swanson enjoyed an afternoon of pizza and bowling at Sacco's Bowl-Haven, while getting to know each other.  Later on that same evening, the WHS Community joined together to kick-off our 20th Anniversary year with the annual School Warming Potluck Dinner.
 
On Wednesday, September 7, first day of school excitement filled the hallways as Students, Faculty, and Staff settled back into the building. The day began with the first day of school opening assembly, where Director of School, Mara White, welcomed everyone back, introduced our new students, and announced this year's theme: "connection". This theme will be woven into our curriculum, all-school events, and student council initiatives. We'll focus on how we connect with each other, while respecting differences; what's common and what's unique; and how to experience unity while developing individually. 

Our first day of school closed with team building activities and games led by the Senior class. WHS wishes everyone a successful and rewarding school year ahead! Click here to view photos from our New Student Welcome, School Warming, and first day of school!

Comet Newsletter - Summer Edition

Now Available!
Check out the summer edition of Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay's Comet Newsletter! Click here to read about all of the recent happenings at WHS, including Commencement 2016, late spring main lesson highlights, a current student spotlight, and much more!

Congratulations, Class of 2016!



2016 Commencement

Saturday, June 4 at 10 am
The WHS Community is looking forward to honoring the Class of 2016 at this year's commencement ceremony!
Commencement exercises will be held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library in Lexington from 10 am - noon (all-Student call time is 9 am). A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony. All are welcomed to join this joyous event! Congratulations, Class of 2016!

In Bloom! Spring Auction Fundraiser

Thank You For Attending!
Thank you to everyone who came out in support of our school and helped us celebrate at In Bloom! last weekend! A full update on the success of the evening will follow in a subsequent email. Until then, click here to enjoy photos of the festivities!

WHS Students to Sing at the State House!

Wednesday, May18 at 2 pm
Join us in Boston at the State House, 24 Beacon Street, for an All-School Chorus Concert on Wednesday, May 18 at 2 pm. WHS Students, Faculty, and Staff will perform on the Grand Staircase in the center of the building, a location that allows music to flow throughout the hallways up through all six floors! We hope you will be able to join us!

Congrats, Destination Imagination Team!

Congratulations to the Waldorf High School Destination Imagination (DI) Team on an awesome performance at the regional tournament! Their elegant and clever hovercraft-and-slingshot solution to this year's technical challenge was a hit with the audience and appraisers alike. Unfortunately, the slight squishiness of the rubber floor at the tournament site slowed down their slingshotting a little too much compared to our wooden gym floor, but even so, they hovered their way to a very close second-place finish against an older and more experienced team. 
 
The tournament was a lot of fun and the team showed great teamwork, dedication, and spirit throughout the day. Thank you to everyone who came to support them! If you were unable to attend the tournament, you can view a clip of the team's performance below!
 
 

Shaina Omoroghomwan Awarded Light of Dawnn Scholarship

Shaina Omoroghomwan '16 has been awarded the Light of Dawn Scholarship by the Foundation To Be Named Later, John Hancock, and Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. On February 25th, a ceremony was held to honor Dawnn Jaffier, a remarkable young woman who devoted her life to helping kids and was tragically killed in 2014 on her way to a neighborhood celebration. The scholarships given in her honor are intended for students who have had to overcome adversity but carry on Dawnn's legacy by giving back to their communities. Shaina has been accepted to several colleges and looks forward to a bright future! Congratulations, Shaina! We are all so proud of you!
 
Click here to read more about this event in the Boston Globe.
 

Our 2014-2015 Annual Report is now available!

WHS Community, please enjoy it, with our heartfelt gratitude.  Click here to read the 2014-2015 Annual Report.


Information Sessions

For Prospective Students and Parents
We welcome prospective parents and students to attend one of our Information Sessions throughout the school year. You will have the opportunity to observe classes in session, meet faculty, students, and the school director. Our next Info Sessions is:
  
10:15 a.m.—Noon
 
Registration is not required, but appreciated. Please click here to register!

WHS Alum, Trevor Ruggiero, Challenges Graduates

Don't Be Afraid to Be Different!


This year's Commencement speaker, Trevor Ruggiero '04, Waldorf High School alumnus, has a lot in common with the graduates from the Class of 2015. As someone who sat where they sat just over a decade ago, he spoke to them about their future. He let them know some of the conversations they may have with future college classmates and the "silence and blank stares" they will be met with when they reveal that they graduated from a class of just 18 people. Or the conversation that may come up over the philosophical question of, "Can art ever really be practical?"

Trevor told of the answer he would often give to the question, "What else (besides sports) did you guys do at your school?" "Well. . .we did plays, we performed Shakespeare, we put on concerts, we learned our history through art, we learned about the Native Americans, Transcendentalists, and Parzival. We took projective geometry, geochemistry, and zoology. We went on canoe trips; we biked around Nantucket reading Moby Dick. We went to Hermit Island and dug for clams; we did internships, and some of us went and lived in another country for four months." He said, "After having this same conversation several times, you will begin to realize that your high school experience was a little different from that of your new friends."

Trevor ​told the graduates that, though it was different, he found many advantages in having a Waldorf education. After graduating from college with an engineering degree, he found that he would have to make presentations to the public. "At no point in my college career had they prepared us for the day when we would have to present our work in a public forum. Another engineer might have faltered, might have gotten stage fright. . . but not I because . . . in our WHS tenth grade Greek play, I got on stage in front of my family and friends and I kissed Sarah Basmajian wearing nothing but an old bed sheet modeled into a makeshift toga."

"I say that you have a leg up because the diploma that you receive today represents four years of truly unique experiences and friendships. The best way to prepare for life is to have as many different experiences as you can.

"There are no exams or AP classes that you can study for to learn all that you need to know, nor is there a universal metric for gauging success.

"Much like Waldorf, life works on a pass/fail system. There will be bad days: you will fail. There will be good days: you will succeed and pass. And then there will be really good days, and on those days, don’t forget to give yourself a pass with recognition. The important thing is to be honest and kind with yourself. Recognize when you have failed, make some adjustment, forgive your failures, and move on.

"Here at Waldorf you have learned the value of difference whether it be the broad and varied subjects you have studied, or the diverse and valuable friendships you have that might not have been made were you not in a class of only 18 students. At a time when there is conflict and war abroad due to intolerance of others' religions or nationalities, police brutality here at home against those of a different skin color, and an ineffective government because of an unwillingness to compromise and reason with the other party, we need people who do not shy away from differences, who are not afraid to be themselves and stand out in a crowd, and who accept others even though they may be different from themselves.

"So when you leave here today, even though it goes against our human nature, don’t be afraid to be different."

Trevor graduated from Northeastern University​ earning a B.S. in mechanical engineering with a minor in electrical engineering. After graduating, he was accepted in and completed the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program at Northeastern​ with a masters degree in electrical engineering. He works as a Design Engineer at Fikst Product Development. In 2010, Trevor taught an elective class at Waldorf High School in CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and, at that time, gave our technology program a boost with his donation of computers and monitors.

Waldorf High School 10th Graders Perform with Handel & Haydn Society

Ki'sha James and Kuk James (both class of 2017) have appeared at Symphony Hall twice this season as part of the Handel & Haydn Society's Bicentennial Season.  Ki'Sha sings 1st Soprano with the Handel & Hayden Young Women's Chamber Chorus, a small group selected by audition.  Kuk sings Bass with the H&H Young Men's Chorus, another audition-only chorus.  Their choruses performed with the H&H professional choruses under conductor Sir Harry Christophers for the Baroque Fireworks and St. Matthew Passion programs, and will also appear at the H&H Society Ball in April, in addition to other performances during the year.  Kuk and Ki'sha have been singing enthusiastically for many years.  In addition to participating in the Handel & Haydn Vocal Arts Program, they currently also sing with Youth Pro Musica and in the adult choir at Trinity Episcopal Church of Concord, where Ki'sha can also often be seen turning pages for the organist.  They also study viola (Ki'sha) and trumpet (Kuk).  As a result, they generally have lessons and rehearsal & performance commitments six days a week.

Ki’sha and Kuk will sing with the all-school chorus at the Waldorf High School’s Arts Evening on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 pm.  We hope to see you there!

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Information Session: April 30, 2015

What makes Waldorf High School unique? It is how our curriculum and style of teaching meet the essential questions of the adolescent. As one of our 12th grade students said, "I continue to be astonished by the intellectual, ethical, and physical problems that my classmates at Waldorf High School tackle daily, and the thoughtful responses they give to questions with which human beings have struggled throughout history." We invite you to visit our Information Session on Thursday, April 30, 10:15 am to 12:00 pm to learn more!
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Information Session: April 7, 2015

What makes Waldorf High School unique? It is how our curriculum and style of teaching meet the essential questions of the adolescent. As one of our 12th grade students said, "I continue to be astonished by the intellectual, ethical, and physical problems that my classmates at Waldorf High School tackle daily, and the thoughtful responses they give to questions with which human beings have struggled throughout history." We invite you to visit our Information Session on Tuesday, April 7, 10:15 am to 12:00 pm to learn more! Additional upcoming Information Sessions are April 7 and April 30.
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"Before the Whale" at WHS

Waldorf High School's 10th grade will present their class play, Before the Whale, directed by Joseph O'Donnell.  The performance will take place this Friday evening, March 13 at 7:30 pm in the WHS auditorium.
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"Who We Are"

View Waldorf High School's video, "Who We Are", created by WHS parent, Fiona Turner. Go to the Welcome page in "About Us",  Who We Are.

"To the Moon and Much Further"

An Evening of Tennessee Williams
Students from Waldorf High School's drama elective will present an evening of Tennessee Williams. The performance will include scenes from "The Glass Menagerie", "This Property is Condemned", and "Hello from Bertha". All are invited to attend: Friday February 27th at 7:30 pm.
Joseph O'Donnell directs a rehearsal for "To the Moon and Much Further"

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Snow Day: Tuesday, March 10th.

Due to the large amount of snow removal taking place and the shut down of the MBTA rail system, Waldorf High School is closed Tuesday, February 10th. The Information Scheduled for today is also cancelled. The next Information Session will take place Thursday, February 26th.
The strengths of Waldorf High School are many. One is the acceptance of all students and the welcoming, nonjudgmental atmosphere. Another is capturing the interest of students; it is real experiential learning.
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