The Academic School Program: Waldorf Education
The program deals with a humanistic approach to education, based on the educational philosophy of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. One of the unique elements of Waldorf education (also referred to as Steiner education) is its holistic, art-based curriculum. The first Waldorf school was founded in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany.
The Elementary and Middle Grades
Students start their academic journey at the age of seven, following the Waldorf curriculum, which is designed in line with the Lebanese curriculum and culture. In the academic section, the whole child is addressed through a broad, rich curriculum that includes academic, artistic and practical activities. This approach has a therapeutic effect that supports the healthy social, psychological and emotional development of the child.
The educational program in each class is based on the biological age and developmental needs of the students. From fairy tales and stories from Ancient history to biographies of important people, the subjects are taught in blocks for several weeks. The themes are age-appropriate, but the instructions are adapted to meet the individual needs of students and maximize their potential.
At the age of 14, students presenting learning difficulties are provided with an opportunity to sit for the official Lebanese exams (Brevet). They cover the Brevet program over a period of three years, enabling them to grasp the content at their own pace.
Our teachers make every effort to prepare books and materials suitable for the students, based on their comprehensive, individualized understanding through conscious and detailed observation.
Students might become members of Special Olympic teams, such as basketball, football, or swimming, under the guidance and supervision of a professional trainer. This supports their physical development and boosts their self-confidence and esteem.
A representative school day in the Academic Section might be:
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Morning Round: Verses, poems, songs, counting exercises, movement, speech, eurhythmy
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Main Lesson Block + Individualized application (Writing, drawing, or painting related to Main Lesson Story)
9:45 – 10:15 a.m.
Calming down story or poem
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Group work in drama, eurhythmy, music
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Extracurricular activities (painting, form drawing, cooking, modeling clay, felting, caring for animals)