middle school program
The Waldorf Curriculum
The Middle School Program is currently accepting applications for fifth graders and above. The Waldorf curriculum is unique in that it offers a sensory rich, experiential learning environment to the developing child. Raphael Academy adapts the Waldorf curriculum for students who needs a more practice oriented approach to academics.
While studying Rome, students learn about the first congress, how cities were laid out on grids, and what a typical Roman diet consisted of. The teacher and students discuss laws or rules (classroom etiquette) and how they pertain to a students everyday life. Maps of the city of New Orleans or other US cities would be studied to see where examples of the Roman grid can still be found today and how we use maps to find our way to work or social events. Additionally, students might prepare a traditional Roman meal and discuss how food was transported and stored before refrigeration.
Raphael Academy's teachers also engage in child studies to deepen their understanding of each student's strengths and challenges. Raphael Academy believes each child to be a unique complete human being, in need of an education for the mind, body and spirit. Social interaction and relationship building is a fundamental aspect of educating our youths with special needs so that they may become active participants in their communities.
Our classrooms are unique in that they are adorned with art, natural handmade materials, fresh flowers, and rich colors. School festivals support the natural rhythm of the seasons throughout the academic year and deepen the connection between human beings and nature. Our curriculum is rich in literature, drama, art, and music, so that the imagination of the child is fostered throughout the educational process.
A representative school day for Middle School students might be...
8:30 –9:00 a.m.
Opening activities: Morning verse, singing, movement exercises, poetry/speech chorus
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Main Lesson instruction: The Age of Discovery
Part of a three week block (the Renaissance, the Human Body, Time and Measurement, etc.)
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Break/Recess: Outside whenever possible
10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Ability groups - Reading, Language Arts, and Math
12:00 – 12:20 p.m.
12:20 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
2:45 p.m. - 3:00
Clean up, Chores, Dismissal