Welcome to the Vancouver Waldorf High School

The Vancouver Waldorf High School offers an alternative to high-pressure education. Our classes are small and personal with a focus on supporting the development of confident and creative thinkers.

Our unique curriculum integrates the beauty of the arts into rigorous academics and experiential learning.

Vancouver Waldorf School | High School

About Vancouver Waldorf High

At the Vancouver Waldorf School, we prepare students for more than just university or college. Adolescents long to know the truths of the world, and they rightfully question everything and everyone. Waldorf teachers recognize that behind their questions stands Vancouver Waldorf School | High School an inner quest for meaning and self-knowledge. The interdisciplinary curriculum in a Waldorf High School provides a unique framework to meet this quest. For example, students extend their understanding of scientific concepts through drawing, modelling or poetry, they discover the evolving relationships of science, art, and religion in their study of history, and in reading and discussing the medieval legend of Parzival, they engage in an examination of the roots of core cultural values.

In a Waldorf high school, our aim is to develop the students’ capacities for critical and independent thinking while respecting and nurturing their emerging individualities.

“According to a national study of Waldorf graduates, 94% attend college or university and 89% are “highly satisfied” in their choice of occupation.” ~ AWSNA 2006 Alumni Survey

Students are taught to understand and value the world of the past, know and love the world of the present, and be a part of creating the world of the future.

The academic rigour of the curriculum is always partnered with artistic and practical experiences. Students have opportunities in all subjects to deepen the content of their classes artistically or through practical experience, whether they are diagramming a chemistry experiment, sculpting Platonic forms, or creating a portrait for history class. This not only cultivates artistic skills, it allows students to develop their own interests and deepens their experience of each subject.

The Vancouver Waldorf High School is a community in which students are recognized for their uniqueness and are allowed to safely explore their individual and social potential, Vancouver Waldorf School | High Schoolboth in the class setting and in the fabric of the whole school. Small class sizes allow our dedicated teachers to take a personal interest in every student.

Upon successful completion of our High School program, students will be awarded a Vancouver Waldorf High School Certificate and a Dogwood Diploma, the BC School Completion Certificate, provided they have met the Graduation Requirements.

Graduates of the Vancouver Waldorf High School have been accepted to and attend colleges and universities across North America. Just as important as their academic success, our graduates value life-long learning. They are self-reliant and self-confident, they strongly value interpersonal relationships, they are highly tolerant of the viewpoints of others, and at work they care most about ethical principles and value helping others.

High School Curriculum

Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able, of themselves, to impart purpose and direction to their lives.

~ Rudolf Steiner

Ninth Grade

  • English: literature, English skills, grammar, composition, vocabulary, speech.
  • Foreign Language: Spanish, French, German or Japanese (varies by school).
  • Math: algebra 1, probability and statistics, introduction to computer education.
  • Science: chemistry, physics, biology, geography.
  • Canadian History: early Canadian history and government.
  • World History: revolutions and history through art.
  • Music: performing choir, orchestra, and jazz band or beginning instruments (varies by school).
  • Art/Crafts: black and white drawing, woodworking, drama, calligraphy, clay (varies by school).

P.E. and eurythmy.

Tenth Grade

  • English: literature, term paper writing, grammar, composition, speech, poetry.
  • Foreign Language: Level II Spanish, French, German or Japanese (varies by school).
  • Math: geometry and surveying.
  • Science: chemistry, physics, biology and geography.
  • Canadian History: the period 1789 through 1914.
  • World History: ancient history, Greece, and the Far East.
  • Music: performing choir, orchestra, and jazz band or beginning instruments (varies by school).
  • Art/Crafts: drama, woodworking, block printing, weaving, clay, pottery, drawing, painting (varies by school).
  • P.E., eurythmy, health, keyboarding, and first aid.

Eleventh Grade

  • English: literature, composition, grammar, and vocabulary.
  • Foreign Language: Level III Spanish, French or German.
  • Math: advanced algebra, computer science (varies by school).
  • Science: chemistry, physics, biology, biology lab.
  • Canadian History: World Wars to the present.
  • World History: Rome, The Middle Ages, and The Renaissance, music history.
  • Music: performing choir, orchestra, jazz band or string ensemble (varies by school).
  • Art/Crafts: bookbinding, clay, life drawing, drama, woodcarving (varies by school).
  • P.E. and eurythmy.

Twelfth Grade

  • Grade 12 Project: Independent Research Project
  • English: literature, review of English skills, word usage, vocabulary, composition, honors program.
  • Foreign language: Level IV Spanish, German or French, Honors program and AP (varies by school).
  • Math: trigonometry, pre-calculus and/or advanced math, AP.
  • Science: Chemistry, physics, biology, Honors program and AP (varies by school).
  • Canadian History: development of the 19th and 20th century economic theory from the rise of mercantilism to the present.
  • World History: architecture, modern art, Third World nations, symptomatology.
  • Music: performing choir, orchestra, Honors program (varies by school).
  • Art/Crafts: clay sculpture, carpentry, jewelry, graphic design, metalwork, Honors program (varies by school).
  • P.E. and eurythmy.

Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education Program at the Vancouver Waldorf High School is an exciting and integral component of the curriculum.  Our primary goal over the course of their four years in the High School is to provide all students with physically, emotionally and socially challenging wilderness experiences.  Students learn to safely navigate in the wilderness and are encouraged to engage and reflect on their roles as stewards of the earth.  The Outdoor Education Program supports the development of practical skills as well as positive character traits in students including respect, responsibility, helpfulness, independence, self-confidence, self-discipline, interpersonal skills, courage and leadership.

Over the course of the school year, students participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities.  The school year begins with the Fall Wilderness Trip, a five-day hiking and backpacking excursion for all classes.  Year after year, this trip has proven to be deeply significant for the building of open, trusting relationships among students and teachers, and for establishing a social tone and milieu in which education can flourish.  Snow Day in January provides the opportunity to go snowshoeing, cross-country or downhill skiing or snowboarding in the local mountains. The school year ends with week-long individual class trips, which include a core range of experiences each year.

When Waldorf students reach us at the college level, they are grounded broadly and deeply and have a remarkable enthusiasm for learning. Such students possess the eye of discoverers and the compassionate heart of the reformer, which, when joined to a task, can change the planet.

– Arthur Zajonc,
PhD Associate Professor of Physics, Amherst University

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604-985-7435 ext 200
admissions@vws.ca