High School

Academic Approach

Sacramento Waldorf High School has been preparing young people to live fulfilling lives for more than 30 years. We provide a comprehensive education that offers rigorous experiences in the sciences, humanities, arts, and mathematics within a community of passionate students, dedicated teachers, and involved parents. The arts permeate our intellectually challenging curriculum.

At Sacramento Waldorf High School, education always takes place within the context of relationship, whether it is in the classroom, in the lab, on the playing field, on the working farm, in the studio, on stage, or in any of our many campus venues. The smaller size of our school allows students to develop meaningful relationships with both peers and teachers. Young people are challenged to consider the ethical components of their studies in life and in our school community.

The smaller size of our school allows students to develop meaningful relationships with both peers and teachers.

The Waldorf approach is experiential and interdisciplinary. Students spend considerable time on real world application of concepts presented in the classroom. In trigonometry, our students survey the campus; in biology, they evaluate the ecosystem of our streams; in architecture, they visit local neighborhoods to develop and plan redevelopment and build scale models of their proposals. In this experiential approach, students deepen their learning and fully engage with their studies.

Subjects are studied in concert rather than isolation. Teachers demonstrate the interconnectedness of the disciplines–how, for example, history and civics have had profound influences on the development of the arts and sciences. Approaching a subject from a variety of perspectives provides our students with a multi-faceted understanding of complex issues and a more global approach to learning and thinking. This comprehensive educational experience prepares SWS graduates to step into the world as confident, compassionate, resilient, and well-rounded individuals with deep capacities for creative, flexible, and independent thought.

Our students are prepared for a wide variety of paths after high school. Most students graduate with credits that exceed the requirements for university entrance. Sacramento Waldorf High School graduates have gone on to excel at colleges and universities such as Stanford, Rhode Island School of Design, Brown, UC Berkeley, Grinnell College, Warren Wilson College, Berklee College of Music, Columbia, Kenyon College, University of Southern California, NYU, and many more, and have become physicians, documentary filmmakers, psychologists, educators, attorneys, entrepreneurs, outdoor adventure guides, computer animators, designers, scholars, to name just a few of our students’ diverse career paths.

“Waldorf students are encouraged to live with self-assurance, a reverence for life, and a sense of service.”
Ernest Boyer
President, Carnegie Institute for the Advancement of Teaching
Former US Commissioner of Education

The curriculum, based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, is designed and delivered to address the stages in the development of the adolescent. Some of the high school curriculum has students re-examine subjects which were introduced in the lower school, as high school students are able to work with these subjects at a higher intellectual level. The work in the high school is designed to increase student abilities to think critically, to organize, to develop and present ideas clearly, and to meet and participate in the adult world. In this process they begin to recognize, appreciate, and harmonize the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of their lives.

The high school day is from 8:30am to 3:20 pm. For all grades, each “main lesson” instructional block — an in-depth study of a particular subject — is four weeks long, five days per week, ninety minutes per day. For each main lesson block, students create and turn in a book detailing in text and illustration all that they have learned. Track classes, such as World Language, English, US History, or PE, last a quarter, semester, or all year, and meet four days per week, forty five minutes per day.

Curriculum by Subject

Sacramento Waldorf High School has been preparing young people to live fulfilling lives for more than 30 years. We provide a comprehensive education that offers rigorous experiences in the sciences, humanities, arts, and mathematics within a community of passionate students, dedicated teachers, and involved parents. The arts permeate our intellectually challenging curriculum.

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Career Explorations

Seniors may design and carry out an individual project based on his or her interest, which includes making a public presentation of that project to the School community. Examples of past projects include rebuilding a car engine, building a boat, painting a series of oil portraits, an in-depth scholarly exploration of cloning, hand crafting fine furniture, writing and illustrating a children’s book, producing a film, designing a clothing line, extensive volunteer work, and long-term internships.

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Student Services

Find out about student services including academic guidance, educational support and counseling.

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College Counseling

College counseling includes individual help with college research, guidance regarding gap programs, assistance with applications,  Naviance Family Connection  support, and a senior elective class in college planning. 

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