The Middle School serves as the transitional platform that prepares students, both academically and emotionally, for their leap from elementary school into the High School. The rhythm of the day and the pace of learning throughout the elementary school years support the child's development. Each day begins with the main lesson, an extended period taught by the Class Teacher that includes rhythmical activity or movement to stimulate and prepare the child for the concentrated work that follows.
Special subject classes follow the main lesson, supporting the students' developing skills. In science, students explore nutrition in seventh grade as an extension of gardening and botany classes in the Lower School and as preparation for cellular experiments and lab-based research on genetic structures in the High School. Students learn foreign languages through games, songs, poems, conversations, and readings. Fine motor skills are developed through knitting, crocheting, embroidery and playing the recorder. Social skills are fostered through physical education, dance, eurythmy, and games.
The Waldorf School of Garden City is also committed to supporting our children through the psychological and physiological transitions they face during their Middle School Experience. Our curricula both at our main campus and extended one in New Hampshire are designed to facilitate conversation, provide guidance, and introduce perspective to our students through this challenging period of personal growth.