"Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility - these three forces are the very nerve of education." - Rudolf Steiner
Resiliency, Flexibility, & Courage
Grades 6 through 8
Our Middle School is Waldorf-inspired where a wholesome curriculum is provided with both rigorous academics, combined with the arts so that what is taught becomes integrated into the child. Middle School students are learning to think for themselves, accept more responsibility, and be more accountable for their choices. We recognize and celebrate these changes that are taking place in the middle schooler's mind and body, and give them more space than in the Elementary years to inquire, express, and come into their own. Each morning the students spend the first period of the day - the two-hour Main Lesson - with their main class teacher who is often their lighthouse - shining brightly to guide them on their path. Afternoons are devoted to the more social classes like music, painting, handwork, Cyber Civics, and gardening - all are considered vital parts of a complete education. The lessons are alive and meaningful, so the students are always actively engaged as they are called upon to draw upon the artistic, analytical, physical and social elements within themselves on a daily basis. Through this rigorous process, independent thinking, executive function, and sound judgment are trained. Social, emotional and intellectual intelligence are recognized and developed.
We welcome the outdoors, now bringing most of our lessons there to create an even more experiential lesson for the student. This is also a way for us to offer a safe learning environment during COVID-19 that is in-person.
The Middle School curriculum includes:
Unique classes that we are also proud to offer are Cyber Civics, Knitting, Fiddle, and Yoga.
Students are encouraged to revel in the wonder of their childhood and a strong sense of community is nourished at Riverwood Community School. Community is at the heart of Riverwood Community School. Seasonal Festivals, parent meetings, guest speakers, and volunteer opportunities provide many options to learn, celebrate with, and support one another.
Please contact us for more information if you are interested.
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