The distinctiveness of our curriculum lies primarily in how and when the children are taught, rather than in what is taught. When children relate what they are learning to their own experience, they are interested and alive, and what they learn becomes their own. The Waldorf School of Garden City is designed to foster this kind of learning.
From the moment they arrive, students embrace a curriculum that incorporates real-world applications to everyday classroom lessons. Students cultivate plants in our campus garden and explore our New Hampshire farm as they study the natural sciences, supplement their art and music classes with regular field trips to libraries, museums, and conservatories, and reenact the plays and adapt the stories they read in English classes for annual dramatic presentations.
Our core classes are presented in blocks, called main lessons, which are innovative one-and-a-half hour seminars that allow teachers and students alike to fully explore a topic, both academically and practically. Our curriculum also incorporates lessons in woodworking, fiber arts, gardening, and movement, all of which are invaluable to the growth and development of children's dexterity, coordination, and personal philosophies as they blossom into our next generation's creators and innovators.
The nurturing and supportive environment fostered by our outstanding staff and excellent facilities encourage our children to freely pursue their passions, whatever they may be.