To nurture and support the changes taking place in Upper Grades students, the Waldorf curriculum transforms significantly from that of earlier Grades.
Critical reasoning skills, accurate observation, and the development of individual judgment are emphasized as each year progresses. Meaningful field trips and guest speakers widen students’ horizons and introduce them to today’s world. In addition to curriculum content, the following changes appear in other areas:
Tests and quizzes appear increasingly; in Eighth Grade, students encounter tests they’ll find in high school (e.g. multiple-choice).
Letter or number grades may be assigned at the teacher’s discretion in Eighth Grade.
Homework increases each year. Rather than “busywork,” it consists mostly of reading, finishing class bookwork, research, or projects.