Rather than focusing on standardized tests or textbooks, we emphasize active involvement, creative thinking, and the exciting process of intellectual discovery. All Academe students explore every aspect of our Waldorf curriculum—math and science, literature and history, social sciences and the arts. We believe that high school is not the time to specialize, but to open minds and hearts to the world.
Entire blocks are dedicated to individual works, such as Homer’s Odyssey and Dante’s Divine Comedy; to specific science topics, such as optics, hydrology, and mechanics; to global developments, such as those in the Middle East or world economics; and to branches of mathematics, such as calculus and projective geometry. Students also take continuous classes in English, science, math, and foreign language.
Classes at Academe are small enough for our teachers to know each student as an individual, and students are encouraged to find strength in independence. At the same time, we place great emphasis on working in groups and developing empathy for others.
We also support balance in education. We believe the arts deepen academics and strengthen skills of observation, engineering, and imagination. All our students participate in music, drama, and the fine arts, regardless of skill level.