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High School

What is the day?  

Main Lesson is a period of intensive intellectual exploration that begins the day. It’s a deep dive—nearly two hours each morning—into a specific subject like botany, calculus, or poetics. Next are classes on a more traditional track that continue all year: mathematics, world languages, and humanities. The afternoon is dedicated to the arts, movement, physical education, study hall, and more academic exploration.

What is the difference? 

Visit a classroom and you’ll see students strive for more than just the right answer— students who create beautiful, impeccable work and try their hands at everything. Here everyone practices the arts, plays music, and experiences the natural world through field studies and outdoor exploration. You'll also meet our extraordinary teachers, experts in their fields who are dedicated to knowing each student.

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Voices of our community

Illustrated self-portrait by student Moonoka Begay

I was in a place of exploration / so open and undiscovered that / 
It made me feel limitless. 

Portrait of student Logan Flynn

“Nature has always been a big part of my life. The school has taught me everything from what we can do to save the planet to how to safely adventure in the great outdoors, and for that I am so grateful.”  

Student in South Korea during the Eurythmy Troupe trip.

“Sometimes I stop and I think and I wonder: How lucky am I to be able to travel, and not simply just travel, but be able to immerse myself in a culture, meet young people like me, and bring people the gift of eurythmy.” 

Portrait of student Sophie Harriman

"We read The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. The class was small and we were able to study the book together really carefully, which was so meaningful to all of us.”

Two students walk together during the processional at high school graduation

 “Teachers hear from graduating seniors about their education and their plans, as well as ways for making our school stronger. Our students are always incredibly articulate, honest, and thoughtful in the wisdom they share. The education inspires thinking, feeling, and independent young adults.” 

Teacher John Hanlon talks to students during Main Lesson.

“I am fueled by the way teenagers become fascinated by ideas—and by the philosophical implications and real-world consequences of those ideas. Of course, they continue to be intrigued by great stories, but now they have the capacity to consider the broader contexts of those stories. These are the sorts of questions that have engaged me throughout my academic career, and I get a thrill out of helping my students grapple with them, often for the first time, in sophisticated ways."

Hands of students building a circuit board during computer science class.

"The class started with the basic fundamentals of all computers then we learned about number systems. Slowly we got more into the circuits and coding. I found it interesting to learn how many things in daily life involve computing.” 

Dr. Carini demonstrates for a student, both in protective goggles.

"The process of teaching science in Waldorf schools is much closer to the process of doing research than to the way science had been taught to me in high school. When one faces new territory in science it is important to keep an open mind to what nature is trying to tell you. New concepts are created out of a process of observation of phenomena in order to discover and formulate the so-called physical laws."