engaging, hands-on and academically rigorous
The High School curriculum emphasizes analytical reading, writing, research, and strong math and science skills, with students taking five to seven courses each semester, many of which would be considered honors-level in a public school system. For the 2013-2014 academic year students may qualify to attend courses at Adelphi University during junior and senior years for advanced study. Although we have rigorous course requirements, students also have flexibility in their selections as they progress in their high school careers. With the help of their advisors and their college counselor, students can put together an individualized course of study that will prepare them well for future success.
Students are required to take English each year they are enrolled at the high school. All English courses require extensive reading, writing, and discussion. In math, all students complete geometry and advanced algebra plus at least one more advanced course. Most of our students take four years of math including some level of calculus. Our three science labs enable students to develop a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, and physics. All students take three years of history, including Latin American, African and Chinese History in addition to Contemporary Issues and Aesthetics. In foreign languages, we offer French, German, and Spanish at various levels, focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and cross-cultural appreciation and understanding. Foreign Exchange opportunities exist with Waldorf Schools around the world. A new elective in Mandarin Chinese is now available for those who want exposure to a second language.
Music and art are integral parts of the High School curriculum, with students required to take courses: performance, fine arts, drawing, painting, and drama as well as other selections. Our students exhibit their work and perform frequently throughout the year.
High school students have many opportunities to pursue their interests outside of class. They staff a Model United Nations team, and run many other clubs and organizations. Interscholastic sports are also popular: (baseball, basketball, soccer, and softball).