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Curriculum

9th Grade Field Trips

Community Service Trip to Camp Hi-Rock 
   

During the first month of the school year, the 9th and 10th Grades go to YMCA Camp Hi-Rock in a beautiful rustic setting in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. They participate in a variety of team-building activities as well as community service. Some of the community service projects have included staining one of the buildings at the Camp, gardening, clearing trails and reseeding a playing field. The trip offers an opportunity for 10th graders to welcome new members of their class and the 9th grade class to our school community.

Museum of Fine Arts Trip - History through Art
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In their History through Art class with Ms. Delaney, the 9th grade looks at how human beings have expressed themselves through various forms of art from prehistory to the 17th century Dutch Masters. They visit the Museum of Fine Arts to see original great works of art, some of which they study in class.
 
The Novel Trip to Nantucket
 
The Novel block includes a curriculum trip to Nantucket, the site of the beginning of Melville’s tale and a center of American and global whaling.

   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here, the 9th grade is reading and discussing Moby Dick at the home they stayed in during their class trip to Nantucket with Mr. O’Donnell. Much of their three days on the island was spent biking, visiting the Nantucket Whaling Museum, sketching and cooking. One of the highlights was biking across the island to beautiful Sconset Beach where they were able to observe several seals, including one sunning itself on the beach. (Seals played a key role in their Moby Dick reading the night before.)


10th Grade field trips

Community Service Trip to Camp Hi-Rock
 

During the first month of the school year, the 9th and 10th Grades go to YMCA Camp Hi-Rock in a beautiful rustic setting in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. They participate in a variety of team-building activities as well as community service. Some of the community service projects have included staining one of the buildings at the Camp, gardening, clearing trails and reseeding a playing field. The trip offers an opportunity for 10th graders to welcome new members of their class and the 9th grade class to our school community.
 
Navigation Trip
 
In a week-long field trip, as part of the Navigation  main lesson block, the 10th graders follow water from small tributaries to the Atlantic Ocean, hiking, canoeing and kayaking along parts of its path.

 

  

 

 

 

Tenth grade kayaking across Essex Bay to Crane Beach, the final leg of their journey to the sea as part of their Navigation main lesson block. 

 
   
 At the starting line of the great Willard Brook 
boat race of 2014, the tenth grade releasing 
the boats they made. They are about to 
follow them one-half mile to the finish line.
 
10th Grade students
testing for dissolved oxygen in Damon Pond 
at Willard Brook State Forest.
  

Students canoeing down the Nashua River. One student is using the paddle he made in woodworking class.



11th grade field trips

Hamlet Trip to Shakespeare & Co.
The 11th Grade goes to the Berkshires for a curriculum trip centered around their main lesson block, Hamlet. They attend a play presented by Shakespeare and Co. in Lenox and also work with the professional actors on performing Shakespeare. This trip includes explorations of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown and MassMOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in North Adams. 

Botany Trip to the Berkshires
The 11th grade class takes their Botany studies with Mr. Nicholl to Camp Hi-Rock in the Berkshires. On nature hikes, they find native wildflowers and other local flora. They also engage in team building activities in low and high ropes courses, and a climbing wall.


















 
11th grade students tackled the climbing wall with determination. Fresh air, spectacular scenery, and time for contemplation complemented the eleventh grade botany studies.


12th grade field trips

Hermit Island Trip

The 12th grade joins several other Waldorf High School 12th grades at Hermit Island, Maine to explore marine biology and zoology for their Zoology and Evolution main lesson block. The 12th graders study invertebrate sea life through direct observation and lecture/workshops. Each morning, two different Waldorf teachers team up to present a two-hour lesson on a specific type of animal to the entire group of students. Following that, students break into smaller groups for hands-on workshops including tide pool inventory, beach and dune ecology, microscope labs, painting, and poetry. In addition to their own campsite meals, evenings include a communal campfire on the beach, a contra dance, and an evening with local authors.


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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