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Grades 9-12: Main Lessons

Grade 9

Main Lessons

History:
- Revolutions in the Modern World
- 20th Century History
- History through Art.

Literature:
- Tragedy/Comedy
- Moby Dick

Science:
- Chemistry: Overview of Organic Chemistry
- Physics: Heat and Engines
- Physiology:
Nerve-sense, Endocrine, Exocrine Systems

Geology:
- Dynamic Earth Processes
- Seafloor 
- Morphology
- Plate Tectonics Theory

Mathematics:
- Combinations and Permutations

Agriculture:
- 2-week Practicum

Continuing Classes

Algebra I or II
English Workshop
Foreign Language
Health
Physical Education
Music
Orchestra
Eurythmy
Arts
Drawing
Drama
Handwork
Gardening
Blacksmithing

The Ninth Grade curriculum is based on presenting polarities, such as tragedy and comedy in the Humanities curriculum, as the foundation of abstract thinking. The ninth grade curriculum might be summed up in the question, “What is the world like?"

Grade 10

Main Lessons

History:
- Ancient World History
- U.S. Government

Literature:
- History through Poetry
- The Odyssey

Science:
- Chemistry: Inorganic
- Chemistry: acids, bases, salts
- Physics: Mechanics
- Astronomy

Physiology:
- Circulatory, Respiratory, Reproductive Systems

Geology: 
- Weathering, Erosion, Environmental Studies

Mathematics:
- Conic Sections
- Geometry: Golden Number, Sequences, Spirals

Continuing Classes

Geometry/Advanced
Geometry
Computer
English Workshop
Foreign Languages
Music
Orchestra
Eurythmy
Arts
Drama
Painting
Clay
Woodworking
Gardening
Handwork

In Tenth Grade, the processes inherent in the study of math, science and language lead the student toward integration of their inner and outer world. The tenth grader sees the process of transformation over time, and the characteristic question is, “How has the world around me come about?”

 

Grade 11

Main Lessons

History:
- Medieval History/Dante
- History of Music
- African History
- U.S. Civil War History

Literature:
- Parzival
- Hamlet

Science:
- Chemistry: History of Chemistry, Atomic Theory
- Physics: Electricity, Magnetism
- Biology: Botany, Embryology

Mathematics:
- Projective Geometry, Surveying, Pre-Calculus

Social Service:
- 1 or 2 week Practicum

Continuing Classes

Algebra II / Pre-Calculus
English Workshop
Foreign Languages
Music
Orchestra
Eurythmy
Arts
Drama
Painting
Handwork
Sculpture
Woodworking
Physical Education

By Eleventh Grade, the individual becomes more able to self-reflect through self-knowledge and can move with ease between analytical thinking and imaginative thinking. Through the developing power of reason, the student now asks, “Why are things as they are?”

 

 

Grade 12

Main Lessons

History:
- Modern World History
- History through Architecture

Literature:
- American Transcendentalists
- Russian Literature
- Goethe’s Faust
- Senior Play

Science:
- Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry
- Physics: Optics
- Biology: Zoology, Evolution

Career Elective:
- 2 week Practicum

Continuing Classes

Calculus
Topics in Mathematics
Senior Seminar
Foreign Languages
Arts
Woodworking
Painting
Handwork
Drama
Computer
Eurythmy
Music
Orchestra

The culmination in Twelfth Grade manifests as a genuine interest in the world and an objective approach to what is symptomatic of our modern times. The twelfth-graders are better able to integrate their thinking skills with a developing sense of responsibility for their own actions, and characteristically ask the question, “Who am I and who has affected my world?”