The learning at the Waldorf School of Garden City is challenging and is meant to be so. We look for students who are not “usual,” who are not satisfied with the status quo; we look for passionate students who imagine vividly and want to create cool things.
The arts are fully integrated and part of the methodology of the entire curriculum. Movement, speech, music, crafts, or drawing is part of every Main Lesson and nearly all specialty classes. By providing spatial, tonal, rhythmic, color, and sculptural experiences of form, gesture, relationship, growth, transformation, meaning, and beauty, arts enrichment happens with each class. Current research increasingly supports arts integration and illustrates how multi-modality or cross-domain encoding of information leads to deep learning.
The Fine and Performing Arts Program at the Waldorf School of Garden City is comprehensive, with diverse offerings in both the visual and performing arts. The philosophical underpinnings of the School are well reflected in our program, as the study of the arts enhances one’s self-knowledge and self-expression. Students learn self-respect and respect for others through collaborative efforts in the classroom as well as in performance ensembles. Our arts classes provide a forum for students to express their personal identity and provide an essential outlet for introspection and sensitivity.
In addition to this approach to learning, students benefit from a rich curriculum in woodworking, fiber arts, and the fine arts.
Additionally, each student plays in the School’s Orchestra and sings in the Middle School Chorus. Each grade creates a theatrical production for the school community to enjoy.