"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
Grades 6 through 8
Our grades program 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. The curriculum can be represented by an ascending spiral of integrated learning which is built upon year by year. In the middle grades, this is accomplished by the unique Main Lesson Block system. Each morning the children spend the first period of the day - the two-hour Main Lesson - with their main class teacher. This is a time when the young mind is freshest, and they will intensively study a core subject from the block schedule. Afternoons are devoted to the more social classes like games, music, painting, handwork, 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 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 Grades curriculum includes:
Unique classes that we are also proud to offer are Latin, 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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