Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay
 
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An Independent Waldorf High School For Grades 9-12
 
Curriculum

Education in and through the Arts

THOUGHTS_4.jpg Waldorf education is built on the principle that everyone has artistic capacities and imagination, even though not everyone is an "artist." Learning at Waldorf, therefore, is a multi-sensory experience, engaged through drawing and reading, through music and discussion. Our curriculum is infused with the arts because we believe that when the arts are integrated into learning, learning becomes more meaningful and enduring. Our students become flexible, confident thinkers. They set about solving problems with creativity and optimism. "Waldorf schools include powerfully the arts as a teaching tool. Art as it helps to reveal the use of language, art as it can be revealed in numbers, and certainly in nature."- Ernest Boyer, former president, Carnegie Institute for the Advancement of Teaching

While the arts are integrated into every course at Waldorf, we also devote classes to the fine arts, practical arts, and music. We explore fine art through critical analysis, dialogue, research, technique, and of course, the making of art. Our practical arts courses develop students' skill in basketry, bookbinding, woodworking, and metalworking. All students are required to participate in the music program. Most students play a musical instrument and sing in the school chorus. For students not yet proficient in an instrument, we study the fundamentals and teach sight reading as they discover the pleasure of playing music.

Many of our students become accomplished artists and musicians, and many do not. All wake to the interplay of color, shape, sound, texture, perception, and emotion, and how these elements enrich our daily lives. All respect the work of the imagination and the power of creativity.

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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