Classes 6 through 8
What are the needs of today's adolescents? How can students be better prepared for high school? How can we change the way we meet students so that they experience more of a difference in our approach and expectations between Classes 1-5 and Classes 6-8?
These are some of the questions that our faculty has been exploring recently. While the evolution of a "Middle School" concept is not yet complete, we acknowledge that there is a need for teachers who are specially trained to work with adolescents.
Middle School Enrichment Programs
The school has recently introduced experiential-education initiatives, which are designed to bring about more hands-on and project-based learning to the students while also offering them an element of elective or choice that they are ready for in these grades. Read more about these programs here.
Middle School "Academic Springboard to High School"
How well does Nelson Waldorf School prepare their students to feel confident for and excel in High School?
Based on historical evidence, these middle school years provide an academically rich "springboard" to High School, while at the same time reaffirming the students' enthusiasm for, and love of, learning. Indeed, our Waldorf grads are known to do very well in their future studies! In our local community, Waldorf graduates consistently do well at LV Rogers and other post-elementary institutions. In fact, students often skip grade a grade ahead when entering public school. For instance in 2009, 11 of the 22 students in the 8th grade graduating class began High School in grade 10 after successful completion of their English 9 and Math 9 tests. Students from NWS often recieve awards for academic excellence at LVR and on the whole transition very well to public school.
Find out more details about the middle school curriculum by clicking on each class heading below.
- Class 6: Roman and Medieval history; astronomy; Central and South American geography; geology; physics (sound and light); beginning algebra; geometry and geometric drawing; business math (interest percentage), ratio and proportion.
- Class 7: The Age of Discovery; Renaissance history; creative writing; African geography; physics (electricity and magnetism); inorganic chemistry; human physiology (health and nutrition); algebra; geometry; business math (profit/loss).
- Class 8: Modern history; world geography; Industrial Revolution, French and American Revolutions, world geography; physiology (human skeleton); physics; algebra; geometry; organic chemistry; meteorology; epic and dramatic poetry.