High School Program

Toronto Waldorf School Grade 12 students at the Connect Conference in SwitzerlandHigh School at Toronto Waldorf School offers a challenging, rigorous curriculum that includes an integration of sciences, mathematics, humanities and the arts.

Academics are balanced with physical activity, work experience, wilderness trips and a healthy social life. Education from a deeper perspective™ aims to develop clear thinking, active participation and a feeling of moral responsibility.

 

Accreditation

  • TWS is registered with Ontario Ministry of Education to issue Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
  • Our curriculum meets OSSD requirements as well as additional elements of education from a deeper perspective™.
  • Our school is also accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).


3 Types of Lessons

  • Toronto Waldorf School Grade 12 Biology ClassMain Lesson: a two hour lesson that starts each day for large academic topics such as organic chemistry, similarity and trigonometry or history of drama.

    Each main lesson block lasts 3-4 weeks, taught by teachers specializing in the subject and has an artistic or movement component that enhances the learning experience.
  • Skills lesson: 45 minute periods after Main Lesson for subjects requiring on-going practise and skills development such as French, math and sciences.
  • Artistic or movement lessons: for fine arts, physical education and crafts such as metalwork, woodwork or bookbinding. Offered in single or double 45 minute periods, ideally after lunch.
  • Here's our current high school timetable by grade: Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12


Class Advisors

  • Toronto Waldorf School High School ChoirHigh School Advisors support each class from Grades 9 through 12. The advising team work with students through their four years of high school, liaising with parents regularly and as needed. They contribute anecdotal information to report cards and participate in end of year trips.
  • Each high school student selects two performance arts courses each year. Options include: orchestra, choral music, drama, stage technology, circus arts and eurythmy (a movement art).

 

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Work Experience

  • Toronto Waldorf School High School student gaining work experience at a vetAll students in Grades 9 to 11 participate in a work practicum each spring.
  • Grade 9: 3 weeks overnight stay at an organic or biodynamic farm, participating in the daily rhythm and chores of the farm.
  • Grade 10: 2 weeks working full time in a business or industrial setting.
  • Grade 11: working full time in a social services environment such as a childcare, kindergarten or home for the disabled or aged. Read about a student's volunteer experience at a local organization.


High School Social Life

  • Social life at the Toronto Waldorf SchoolThe High School is an entity within the larger TWS community. Students get to know others in all grades, facilitated by the High School Initiation camping trip in September each year.

    As well, performance arts courses include students from Grades 9 through 12, providing further opportunities to socialize with students of other grades.
  • The High School year includes dances, the Prom, "On the Wings of the Arts" performance evening, coffee houses for student performances, fundraisers and end-of-year outdoor education trips. Read about the 2014 Grade 11 trip to the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in New Brunswick.  
  • The competitive sports program is open to all (from Grades 7 – 12), and includes practices, local games and out of town tournaments. Sports include volleyball, basketball, badminton, and cross-country running.


International Waldorf Students

  • Toronto Waldorf School welcomes Waldorf students from other countriesToronto Waldorf School welcomes a number of International Waldorf students each year to study with us. In the past, we had students come from Waldorf schools in Austria, Brazil, China, Columnia, France, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Peru, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA.
  • The TWS Exchange program enables our students to travel to Europe (a French or German speaking country) to study for 4 months, and to welcome a student into their home in Canada as well.
  • Those who choose not to do an exchange benefit from the presence of the International Waldorf students who study at TWS, resulting in friendships and cultural exposure to students from afar.  

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