Explore Grades 1–8

We welcome you to explore WSL’s rich curriculum, presented below by subject. You can also view curriculum overviews by grade level below and learn about the distinctive features of a Waldorf education. You can also find information about our Faculty and Staff.

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year.


Grade 1 

Central theme: Fairy tales, fables and myths from around the world
Math: Number patterns, manipulate numbers up to 24 with the four processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
Language Arts: Letters of the alphabet; word families; exercises in reading, writing, and speech; story properties; drama
Science:Nature studies and nature walks
Foreign Language: Spanish and German songs and poems
Art: Form drawing, watercolor painting, crayon illustration
Music: Pentatonic flute, singing in unison
Handwork: Knitting
Eurythmy and movement


Grade 2 

Central Theme: Legends, saints, fables
Math: Place value (1–1,000), addition and subtraction of large numbers by carrying and borrowing, regrouping, number patterns, all four arithmetical operations, multiplication tables
Language Arts: Phonetics; reading and writing letters; words and sentences; drama; reading in groups; library time
Science: Animal behavior, gardening, nature studies and nature walks
Foreign Language: Spanish and German songs and poems
Art: Form drawing, watercolor painting
Music: Recorder, singing in unison and in rounds
Handwork: Crocheting
Eurythmy, movement and games


Grade 3 

Central Theme: Old Testament Stories
Math: Calculate with time, money, measurement; continued practice with the four arithmetical processes and the multiplication tables.
Language Arts: Reading, composition and grammar, cursive writing, spelling, drama, library time
Science: Farming and gardening (first week-long farm trip)
Foreign Languages: Spanish and German beginning vocabulary
Art: Watercolor technique, drawing
Music: Recorder, choral singing, string instruments
Handwork: Knitting and crocheting
Eurythmy, movement and games


Grade 4 

Central Theme: Norse mythology, Native American stories, the animal kingdom
Math: Fractions, long division, averages, factoring, simple geometric forms
Language Arts: Grammar, composition, research project, drama
Science: Animal physiology, environmental science
History & World Cultures: Massachusetts history and geography, map making
Foreign Languages: Spanish and German vocabulary development
Art: Watercolor, form drawing, clay modeling
Music: Recorder, choral singing, string ensemble, scales, notation
Handwork: Embroidery
Eurythmy, movement and games


Grade 5 

Central Theme: Ancient cultures of India, Persia, Egypt and Greece
Math: Fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, beginning geometry
Language Arts: Composition, grammar and syntax, research, drama
Science: Botany
History & World Cultures: U.S. geography; history and geography of ancient cultures
Foreign Languages: Spanish and German beginning grammar
Art: Colored pencil, drawing and shading
Music: String ensemble with an option to begin a wind instrument, choral singing
Handwork: Circular knitting
Woodwork: Carving
Eurythmy, games, training for the 5th grade Olympics


Grade 6 

Central Theme: Early Europe
Math: Percentages, business math (interest and discounts), statistics, geometry, Math Skills class twice per week
Language Arts: Grammar and composition, letter writing (business and personal), drama, English Skills class twice per week
Science: Geology and physics, with lessons in acoustics, optics, heat, and magnetism
History & World Cultures: History geography of Rome; Europe in the Middle Ages; North and South American geography
Foreign Languages: German and Spanish reading and letter writing
Art: Color wheel, three dimensionality in drawing, painting
Music: String or wind ensembles, choral singing
Handwork: Sewing
Woodwork: Carving
Eurythmy, 6th grade Medieval Games


Grade 7

Central Theme: The Age of Explorers
Math: Beginning algebra, geometry, Math Skills class three times per week
Language Arts: Creative and expository writing, research, drama, poetry and prose, English Skills class three times per week
Science: Physics, inorganic chemistry, mechanics, astronomy, physiology, anatomy
History & World Cultures: Renaissance history, the Reformation, the Age of Discovery, European and Latin American geography
Foreign Languages: German and Spanish verb tenses, reading, and writing
Art: Perspective drawing, veil painting, portraiture, sculpture
Music: Orchestra or recorder ensemble, choral singing
Handwork: Quilting
Woodwork: Ship building
Eurythmy, physical education
Social inclusion/community service


Grade 8 

Central Theme: The Age of Revolutions
Math: Algebra I, geometry, Math Skills class three times per week
Language Arts: Poetry, essays, compositions, research papers, drama, English Skills class three times per week
Science: Physics, organic chemistry, physiology, computer science
History & World Cultures: American, French, and Industrial Revolutions; geography of Africa and Asia
Foreign Languages: Students specialize in German or Spanish, with the study of grammar, composition, and culture four times per week
Art: Composition and proportion, pastels, clay modeling
Music: Orchestra or recorder ensemble, choral singing
Handwork: Machine sewing
Woodwork: Furniture making
Eurythmy, physical education
Social inclusion/community service