Camphill Special School assigns students to classes according to chronological age. In this way, our students participate in age-appropriate educational programming, together with small group and individualized instruction that addresses each child’s needs and abilities.
Utilizing our adapted Waldorf curriculum, Camphill Special School’s teachers strive for a comprehensive understanding of each child through conscious and careful study. Students are regarded as whole human beings first and foremost, with intact spirits that are capable of learning, accomplishment, social interaction, and social relationships.
In a Waldorf classroom, such things as beautiful art, fresh flowers, and vibrant colors combine to create a warm and loving environment where learning occurs in a predictable and rhythmical manner. Literature, drama, art, music, and free play nurture young imaginations and bodies.
Social, Cultural, and Athletic Activities
Students in the elementary and middle grades are active participants in the rich festival life of the Camphill Special School community, and they also enjoy trips to museums, concerts, or plays. Birthdays and special occasions are celebrated in houses and classrooms. Depending on individual interests and availability, some students become members of local Special Olympic teams, such as basketball, swimming, or softball. Life at Camphill Special School never is dull!
A representative school day for a sixth grader might be …
9:00 – 9:40 a.m.
Opening activities: Verse, singing, movement exercises, poetry/speech chorus
9:40 – 10:10 a.m.
Roman history: Part of a six-week block
10:10 – 10:30 a.m.
Lesson Book activities: Writing, drawing, or painting related to Roman history
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Recess: Outside whenever possible
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Individual and small group work on functional academics
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hand bell choir
12:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Lunch and rest hour at on-campus home
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.