The Middle School Student is characterized by a growing independence. He/she is no longer satisfied with goodness, beauty and truth as judged by another, but rather is keen to explore his/her relationship with these high ideals.
The Shepherd Valley Waldorf Middle School Faculty and Staff partner with parents to provide an environment of support and strength to meet the growing expectations of the adolescent. The Shepherd Valley Waldorf Middle School provides a curriculum that validates the experience of adolescence and provides schoolwork with real connections to the outer world.
Middle School students at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School are exposed to more special subjects as their world expands. The relationship with the Class Teacher continues to be important in Middle School, but the student forms stronger relationships with more Special Subject Teachers and handles a more varied set of subjects; he/she is expected to commit more time to schoolwork, do more homework, and manage his or her time more independently.
Weekly Subject Classes
Students will submit their preferences and classes will be filled with attention given to overall balance. There are five blocks during the year. Each student will participate in at least one block of gardening.
These classes are subject to change, either from a logistics standpoint or lack of interest.
Rhythm, rod and symmetry exercises support recreating coordination. All exercises must involve coordination of sequences and attention to accuracy. In Seventh and/or Eighth Grade, the modes expressing spatial and soul elements are combined in longer dramatic or humorous poems, which will be performed to the school community. In connection to European history, the students will learn a variety of folk dances and they will be exposed to music from European cultures.
Foreign Languages - Spanish/Mandarin (Chinese)
Students in Seventh and Eighth Grade continue to review vocabulary and practice the basic grammar structures of Spanish and Mandarin. They will also be introduced to more complex grammar aspects of the foreign languages while developing more independence in using the learned structures both in speaking and writing. The students will be introduced to more sophisticated literature, and a reader may be added to the foreign language class. One of the goals is to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the historical and political developments of the Spanish and Mandarin speaking worlds. In addition, the students will explore the relationships of the Indo-European languages as well as the development of the English and Spanish language. Students can expect homework assignments in every class throughout the school year. New students are expected to have Spanish and Mandarin basics. The goal of the Middle School Foreign Language Program is to create the foundation for High School.
Sixth Grade Students design and sew animals. Students in Seventh Grade hand sew dolls complete with clothes. Eighth Grade students study the Industrial Revolution and will machine sew their own clothing. The Handwork lessons are an engaging and lively way to enhance dexterity and life skills.
Middle School Teachers are committed to academic excellence. The students are evaluated through essays, artwork, class participation, timeliness, quizzes and tests.