Observation, exploration, thoughtful scientific reflection and understanding of the natural world and our human role within it serve as the foundation of the science curriculum in the Waldorf high school. Studies in all scientific subject areas — Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science — are integral parts of the core curriculum. Each year students deepen their understanding by revisiting each subject on progressively deeper levels of complexity and understanding.

The Waldorf approach to science goes beyond acceptance of pre-digested information, rather it educates students to observe carefully and objectively and to reason from what they have observed, thereby arriving at a vivid and deep scientific understanding of the world.  Working with our science faculty – all who have professional research experience – students develop in a developmentally appropriate way the skills of a modern scientist. Not only are they learning measurement, analysis, and problem-solving skills, but they are also conducting original scientific studies including field work, using spreadsheets and graphs to work with their data, collaborating with team members, and communicating their results in written, poster, and oral presentation forms.

For the mathematically adept students, the Waldorf science program offers rigorous, college-preparatory electives that build analytically on the vivid, conceptual understandings previously established.

PWS High School Science Curriculum

9th Grade

Thermodynamics

Organic Chemistry

Geology

Health

Robotics

10th Grade

Anatomy/Physiology

Botany

Inorganic Chemistry

Mechanics/Kinematics

Climatology

Integrated Science Skills

11th Grade

Cell Biology

Elements

Electricity & Magnetism

12th Grade

Zoology and Evolution

Atomic Chemistry

20th Century Physics