10am – 3:30pm Mondays and Tuesdays
Scroll down to view more detailed class descriptions for our 9th graders.
Students join us on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am to 3:30pm for a Waldorf-inspired schedule that includes yoga, math, science, language arts, history, art and handwork, and snack/break and lunch time.
Our program uses Earthschooling curriculum for a complete year’s worth of education for your child. Teachers provide at-home lessons for the other days of the week based on the Earthschooling curriculum. These at-home lessons are required for our high school students. We provide guidance and structure so that our high school classes exceed state standards, and our students earn high school credit in all subjects.
State standards equate 135 hours of study to 1 high school credit. Since our school runs 28 weeks of the year, our track classes require 2.8 hours of at-home study each week per track class. This should be easy to accomplish on the three at-home weekdays each week. For our non-track classes (Main Lessons), the teachers’ syllabi will explain the hours required at home to fulfill the credit requirements. Since we spend more time on the Main Lesson at school, the at-home study time is still easily accomplished. This leaves 24 weeks in the year for your student to pursue other classes, passion projects, internships, and interests that can be fulfilling to them while adding variety and individuality to their transcript. Our 9th graders can plan to move on to 10th grade with us next year.
Our high school students discover a dynamic and challenging college preparatory program grounded in the classics and engaged in the modern world. Students are energized by learning and become creative thinkers who can take on the complex questions of today’s interconnected world.
What sets our classes parts? Courses engage students at their stage of adolescent development. Integration of the arts and academics inspires student learning. Direct source material often replaces textbooks. Dedicated teachers lead small, seminar-style classes that foster dialogue, debate, engaging projects, and oratory.
For more information on the core curriculum and what it covers, please visit the Earthschooling website:
Math curriculum is Jamie York Press. We are part of his Math Academy.
Our students see more than one teacher for main lessons. Main lesson teachers for this class are Ms. Candi, Mr. Jeff, and Ms. Sarah. Ms. Candi is the contact person for the at-home lessons. Students are also visited by our specialty teachers for yoga, cultural movement & storytelling, and art.
Physical Education (Cultural Movement — Mondays; Yoga — Tuesdays)
Elective (Art and Handwork)
Track (English/Language Arts)
The daily rhythm for this age group is different from the elementary years and will continue in this manner throughout high school. Periods of intensive academic study called Main Lessons is accompanied by electives and track classes. For more about the Main Lesson, please see our FAQ page. The Main Lesson helps students gain a depth and breadth of understanding. The Main Lesson is a one-and-a-half to two-hour period spanning several weeks. Students immerse themselves in subject such as Thermodynamics or The Romantic Philosophers and really “learn how to learn.”
Track classes are year-long courses in language arts, mathematics, art, and physical education (yoga).
All curriculum exceeds state standards and are structured to qualify for high school credit.
Main Lesson Rotation
(The teachers will provide more exact dates for main lesson studies on class syllabi. Teacher syllabi also include information on state standards and high school credits.)
Sept: Earth Science (with labs)
Oct: African Geography and History
Nov/Dec: The Age of Revolutions
Jan: Ecology (with labs)
Feb: Advanced Anatomy including Embryology (with labs)
March: Fieldwork and Wildlife (with labs)
April/May: The Romantic Philosophers
Language Arts will be studied daily with focus on grammar, composition, essay and short story writing, poetry, research and reports, and literature studies to match the time periods of the Main Lesson. Comedy & Tragedy, Moby Dick, and Oedipus Rex will be the class reading focus this year. This year-long class qualifies for 1 high school credit in English 101.
Math Our ninth grade students can receive 1 high school math credit for this course. Our curriculum is Making Math Meaningful by Jamie York Press. We are part of his Math Academy so students take classes remotely four days a week. The students take his course together on Mondays and Tuesdays at school.
History is part of the Main Lesson this year so that students can dive deep into a topic and experience all that it has to offer them. The main lessons are structured so that your student receives a high school history credit for the year. Our program exceeds the state standards.
Science is part of the Main Lesson this year so that students can dive deep into a topic and experience all that it has to offer them. We will include regular science labs, and the main lessons are structured so that your student receives a high school science credit for the year. Our program exceeds the state standards.
*A Word About Foreign Language — Colleges are very specific about what they are looking for in a foreign language course. For this reason, we will not offer foreign language for our high school students. We recommend that our students take foreign language through Florida Virtual School. You can take this single course free of charge when you are registered through the county as a homeschooler. This does not need to be in 9th grade, but can be if you wish.
Snack, lunch, and break will be incorporated into the day so that students have a natural balance of rest, social time, and focus.
Yoga uses movement, mindfulness, music, and breath, as we come together to cultivate a joyful calm. Our yoga class will qualify as your physical education credit.
Cultural Movement will be fun, immersive time of movement, dancing, music, and culture-rich stories.
Art and Handwork will consist of a variety of activities ranging from crafts, puppets, drawing, painting, modeling, and handwork. Students at this age are encouraged to take their art skills to the next level through instruction on perspective and figure drawing. This course will also cover Art History from Pre-history to Renaissance. Art is the foundation for creativity and innovation, it can be centered on a theme or free flowing, and it’s also a time to teach children to take pride in their work and to sometimes move at a slower, more peaceful, pace. Our art class qualifies as high school credit.
Our older students will still participate in our Festivals. Preparation and celebrations of Festivals and Seasons is a time to prepare for, learn about, and celebrate upcoming festivals and seasons. This will be a time for storytelling, art, crafting, literature, poetry, song, and excitement. Examples of festivals or seasonal days include Martinmas, Michaelmas, Christmas, Candlemas, St. Nicholas Day, May Day, and more. We will work on crafts and art projects to further enhance your family celebrations at home. We will not focus on the religious aspects at school, but encourage you to do so at home or make it your own in however works best for your family. These special festivals are integral to the rhythm of life and passing of the seasons. In celebrating seasonal holidays, the goal is to develop in the child (and adult) a sense of the rhythm of the seasons and the passage of time, and a sense that there is something bigger than himself.
“The original idea of any sacred festival is to make the human being look upward from his dependence on earthly things to those things that transcend the Earth.” – Rudolf Steiner
Even more than that, though, we take these moments as opportunities to show gratitude both for the time we’ve been granted together, and anticipation of the gifts of time that lies ahead.
Waldorf Answers explains our focus on festivals further:
“Seasonal festivals serve to connect humanity with the rhythms of nature and of the cosmos. The festivals originated in ancient cultures, yet have been adapted over time. To join the seasonal moods of the year, in a festive way, benefits the inner life of the soul. Celebrating is an art. There is joy in the anticipation, the preparation, the celebration itself, and the memories.”