"Our teacher used to always say, ‘you can be a leader, you don’t have to be a follower.’ I really feel as though I can blaze on my own and take my own path."
- WILL HORNER, PHWS Alumnus
Freedom to Explore:
Your seventh grader is looking into the world that is opening up ahead of them with excitement, enthusiasm, and a longing to find their place within it. They are responding to their new self-determination by challenging conventions, questioning authority, and asserting their independence. It is the task of the teacher to help them create a bridge between their passion and the world; they must be empowered to find their innate creativity and voice.
Our curriculum develops the new capacities for free-thinking and curiosity that are emerging in the seventh grader. From self-discovery to the Age of Discovery, the students explore the transformations that occurred through the struggles, initiatives, and awakenings of diverse people and cultures. The students think globally, focusing on the connections that laid the foundations for today’s political, economic, and social world conditions.
The students perform service work, helping them to look beyond themselves. As students' opinions become ever stronger and more vocal, much work is done to maintain a class culture that promotes respect, listening, and compromise.
Your seventh grader will learn:
Mathematics: Geometry, negative numbers, powers, roots, pre-algebra
Language Arts: Creative writing and composition, poetry, grammar, speech, developing individualized writing style
Literature: Classics, biographies, creative writing and poetry
Science: Physics, chemistry, human anatomy and physiological systems, health
Geography: Africa, Europe, global geography
History: Reformation and Renaissance, Age of Discovery and Exploration
Spanish: Each student compiles a portfolio that showcases their understanding of grammar, phonetics, vocabulary and culture
Physical Education: Circus arts including juggling, balance skills, acrobatics and gymnastics and team sports including volleyball, soccer and basketball.
Technology: Research skills, typing
Electives: Students study various topics in art and humanities not already covered in the curriculum
Handwork: Hand sewing and embroidering a bag
Woodwork: Moveable toys such as cars, trucks, pull toys, whirligigs
Art: Painting, clay modeling, charcoal and perspective drawing
Theater: Class play complementing seventh grade curriculum
Music: Chorus, string ensemble, community-wide concerts
Field trips, including overnight trips, are used to enrich classroom learning. Prior Waldorf experience is not needed to attend seventh grade. Classes are filled on a first come/first serve basis.
Schedule: (M, T, W, F) 8:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m & (Thursdays) 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Before & After Care Available