Grades Program at New Amsterdam School
2017/18 First and Second Grade applications are now being accepted.
In September 2014, New Amsterdam introduced our pioneering First Grade Class. Each consecutive year we plan to add another grade until we reach 5th Grade.
Please contact our Admissions Office with any questions or to arrange a visit to witness this very special educational experience in action.
Children entering our First Grade in 2017-18 will be considered developmentally ready for Waldorf First Grade by the evaluating teachers at New Amsterdam. As a general rule, we expect children to be 6 years old by June 1 of the previous school year.
The Waldorf Curriculum Through the Grades
The students at the New Amsterdam School follow a curriculum that integrates the sciences with art and the humanities with practical activity. We teach the core subjects in daily main lesson blocks in which we discover and delight in one topic for a two hour period over the course of four weeks. This generous rhythm allows students the time and opportunity to penetrate each subject, whether history or biology, mathematics or geography, thoroughly and with purpose.
Language Arts: Grade 1) writing & reading, poetry & speech exercises Grade 2) composition Grade 3) grammar and punctuation Grade 4) book reports Grade 5) parts of speech & sentence diagrams Grade 6) expository, descriptive, and narrative writing Grade 7) library & research skills Grade 8) theme and character analysis
Math: Grade 1) addition, subtraction, multiplication & division Grade 2) place value & expanded number range Grade 3) measurement, long division & double digit multiplication Grade 4) fractions, estimating Grade 5) decimals, metric system Grade 6) percent & practical business math, geometry Grade 7) algebra, graphing of equations Grade 8) manipulating of polynomials, quadratic equations, solid geometry
Science: Grade 1) nature studies Grade 2) animal stories Grade 3) agriculture & gardening Grade 4) zoology Grade 5) botany Grade 6) physics, geology Grade 7) inorganic chemistry, physiology, astronomy Grade 8) organic chemistry, meteorology
Social Studies: Grade 3) indigenous cultures, traditional stories, farming Grade 4) local history and geography Grade 5) ancient cultures, geography of North America Grade 6) ancient Rome, geography of South America Grade 7) renaissance, age of exploration, European geography Grade 8) civics & government, world history to present, geography of Asia and Africa
Art, Crafts, and Music: Grade 1) crayon drawing, watercolor painting, beeswax sculpture, form drawing, knitting, pentatonic recorder Grade 2) crocheting, symmetric form drawing, diatonic recorder, singing in rounds Grade 3) drawing with colored pencils, sewing, note reading on recorder Grade 4) illustration for study of zoology, cross-stitch, drawing of Celtic knots, instrumental music, woodwork Grade 5) botanical drawing, orchestral music, knitting with four needles Grade 6) calligraphy, sewing a stuffed animal, full repertoire of musical styles (through grade 8) Grade 7) work on sewing machines, clay modeling, perspective drawing Grade 8) black and white drawing, mixed media.
Foreign Language: We offer Japanese and Spanish language instruction. Classes are held in a home-like environment and the language is shared through songs, games, artistic and practical activity (such as cooking and grocery shopping).
The New Amsterdam School admits children of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.