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The High School at Kimberton provides a rich, rigorous academic experience for students in grades nine through twelve.
Teachers craft experiences which sharpen students’ growing intellectual capacities and strengthen their powers of judgment, while students take on more responsibilities for their own education. They participate in foreign exchange programs, they give back through social service internships, and they immerse themselves in senior projects.
This renaissance education culminates in an outdoor exploration that allows seniors to synthesize their various academic studies in both the sciences and the arts as they actually live out their reading of Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman.
The Waldorf curriculum does not limit learning to the classroom but brings the student into the world. Each year the curriculum includes an appropriate vocational practicum (like an internship) and outdoor adventure(s).
Foreign Exchange Program: The students can readily participate in foreign exchange programs with Waldorf Schools in Europe and in other parts of the world. During the last 20 years, Kimberton has had exchanges with schools in Europe, South America, and some Kimberton students have attended schools in Australia and New Zealand.
Senior Projects: During their Senior year, our students are given the opportunity to show personal initiative and independence in a study or project of their choice. Recent projects include filmmaking; writing, directing and starring in a one-act play; landscape gardening; and gourmet cooking.
Career Elective: Seniors have an opportunity to learn about a specific career by being a volunteer in that field for a 1-or 2-week period. In previous years, seniors shadowed cancer researchers, working as music producers, and assisted in kindergartens.
Social Service Practicum: In Grade 11, all students have a 1-or 2-week Social Service Practicum.
Artisan Practicum: In Grade 10, all students participate in an Artisan Practicum, where they work with a local artisan to learn how to create a product and take it to market.
Agricultural Practicum: In Grade 9, students have a Main Lesson called the Agricultural Practicum that offers students the opportunity to experience work on a farm or in a garden for a 2-week period.
Outdoor Education Program: In conjunction with certain Main Lessons, each class participates in at least one week-long outdoor adventure that develops themes in the academic work. Imagine canoeing the James River and backpacking the Appalachian Trail, while reading Homer’s Odyssey and discussing it over the campfire!
Community Service Program: The Community Service Program starts in Grade 9 and encourages students to develop a concern and willingness to help those with special needs in our society. In an average year our 90 high school students clock over 5,000 community service hours.
Activities Requirement: To fulfill the activities requirement, each High School student participates in at least one after-school activity each year. Students who pursue extra-curricular activities outside of school may request to have such an activity fulfill the activities requirement for two of their four years in the school.