Middle School Overview - Acts of Engaged Participation
In Waldorf education the MIddle School curriculum enhances students reasoning capacities in their developmental transition from active do-ers and explorers to critical thinkers with acute skills in reasoning, dialogue and synthesizing information from multiple sources to draw reasoned conclusions. In the Middle School, students take an active role in the interpretation and translation of information. Students engage in the scientific process of exploration, logical reasoning in conceptual mathematics, and the study of codified systems of governance. They learn the physical laws of the universe and study the changes and migrations of cultural development in various historical eras. In all these, students engage in the processes of reformulating data, constructing theories, debating complex issues in light of influencing contexts and drawing conclusions based on well founded reasoning.
In the social realm, students' interpersonal skills and communicative abilities are bolstered by opportunities to engage in projects with practical and "real world" applications. They learn business models to manage operations for the school's institutional events, they organize fund raisers and take an active involvement in supporting humanitarian advocacy groups. The Middle School class field trips take on more ambitious scope that includes physical challenges (extreme ropes courses, rock climbing, caving trips, outdoor wilderness camping and more) and travel that test students and allow them to build confidence in their capabilities as well as create memorable bonding experiences.