Arts Focus

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A Distinctive and Powerful Education

The Waldorf School of Garden City teaches not what to think, but how to think. In an atmosphere of free and open inquiry, students and teachers debate, collaborate, and investigate, challenging assumptions—and one another—with insights backed by rigorous study. This unique education transforms individuals, preparing and empowering them to make a positive impact on the world.

When you first step onto campus or into a classroom, you will see how the arts and an appreciation of the aesthetics are integrated into the School. From color exploration and pentatonic flute in Grade 1 to stone carving and stained glass making in Grade 11, the fine and practical arts play a vital and vibrant role in the curriculum and the community and are required throughout a student’s time at the school.

Theatre: A Community Experience

The Art of Observation

Senior Arts Project

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By learning the practical arts of woodworking and fiber arts students begin to see their own strengths and capacities in a new way – as individuals able to create and to transform an object. From a skein of yarn comes a warm scarf, from a grain of wheat comes a loaf of bread, from a block of wood comes a delicate spoon. Presenting a play each year not only exposes participants to new literature but also fosters public speaking skills and instills confidence.Arts in the curriculum balances and supplements academic work, providing students an opportunity to both communicate what they have learned while also expressing their individuality. Expression, self-discipline and the wholeness of life are themes woven into every lesson. The Waldorf School of Garden City is dedicated to creating a genuine love of learning within each child, cultivating creativity and the capacity for critical thought. “At Waldorf, we are excited to see students in the high school singing the elements of the periodic table, staging plays in Spanish, drawing in Math, producing short videos for Shakespeare lessons and conveying, through abstraction, the history of language through circus arts and acrobatics.”

~Current Parent