High School Curriculum

Waldorf School of Orange County High School guides students across the threshold of adolescence, helping them actively engage the world with strength and courage.

We endeavor to educate students in a manner that awakens independent thinking, intrinsic motivation, and inner confidence.

We work alongside adolescents to develop the full measure of their human potential, combining personal achievement with service to the greater world.

Curriculum Highlights

 Ninth GradeTenth GradeEleventh GradeTwelfth Grade
BiologyAnatomy, PhysiologyEmbryologyBotany, Cellular BiologyZoology, Evolution
ChemistryOrganic ChemistryInorganic ChemistryPeriodic Table and Atomic TheoryBiochemistry
PhysicsThermodynamicsMechanicsElectricity, Magnetism, Nuclear PhysicsOptics
Earth SciencesGeologyOceanographyAstronomy
ElectivesScience or HumanitiesScience or Humanities
MathCombinatorics, Algebra 1 or 2Trigonometry, GeometryProjective Geometry, Algebra 2 or PrecalculusCalculus and Business Math
HistoryModern World HistoryEarly American History, Ancient World History, Greco-Roman HistoryMedieval History, Constitutional Law, Current Events
AestheticsWorld History Through ArtPoeticsWorld History Through MusicWorld History Through Architecture
Global StudiesHistory of the Middle EastDeveloping CountriesGlobal EconomicsSymptomatology
Language ArtsTragedy and Comedy, Mythology, Cultural Perspectives in LiteratureSacred Writings, Illiad, OdysseyWolfram Von Eschenbach's Parzival, Dante's The Divine Comedy, ShakespeareRussian Literature, Transcendentalists, Goethe's Faust, Melville's Moby-Dick, Memoir
Foreign LanguagesSpanish 1Spanish 2Spanish 3Spanish 4
MusicChoir, Chamber Ensemble, Piano Master Class, Wind EnsembleChoir, Chamber Ensemble, Piano Master Class, Wind EnsembleChoir, Chamber Ensemble, Piano Master Class, Wind EnsembleChoir, Chamber Ensemble, Piano Master Class, Wind Ensemble
Arts and Practical ActivitiesPuppetry, Mask Making, Basketry, Black and White Drawing, Color Theory, Carpentry, Performing ArtsPainting, Drawing, Modeling, Sculpturing, Textile Arts, Printing, Carpentry, Performing ArtsPainting, Drawing, Modeling, Sculpturing, Textile Arts, Printing, Bookbinding, Performing Arts, MonologuesPainting, Modeling, Sculpturing, Bookbinding, Performing Arts, Twelfth Grade Play, Art Portfolio Elective
HealthLife SkillsLife Skills
Eurthymy (movement art set to poetry and music)EurthymyEurthymyEurthymyEurthymy
Physical EducationPhysical Education*Physical Education*Physical Education*Physical Education*

*Combined (grades 9-12) Physical Education classes this year MAY include the following: beach volleyball, surfing, yoga, flag football, disc golf, hiking, basketball, dance, sailing, archery, soccer, swimming, track and field, and cross country.


Grade 9

Main Lesson Blocks

  • History
    • Modern World History
    • World History Through Art
  • Global Studies
    • History of the Middle East
  • Literature
    • Tragedy and Comedy
    • Cultural Perspectives in Literature
  • Mathematics
    • Combinatorics
  • Science
    • Biology – Anatomy
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Physics – Thermodynamics
    • Geology

Track Lessons

English, Algebra, Spanish, Music, Health, Physical Education, Mythology

Arts and Practical Activities

Puppetry, Mask Making, Basketry, Black & White Drawing, Color Theory, Carpentry, Performing Arts

Grade 10

Main Lesson Blocks

  • History
    • Early American History
    • Ancient World History
    • Greco-Roman History
  • Global Studies
    • Developing Countries
  • Literature
    • Sacred Writings
    • Poetics
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
    • Trigonometry
  • Science
    • Biology – Embryology
    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Physics – Mechanics
    • Oceanography

Track Lessons

English, Geometry, Spanish, Music, Health, Physical Education

Arts and Practical Activities

Painting, Drawing, Modeling, Sculpture, Textile Arts, Printing, Carpentry, and Performing Arts


Grade 11

Main Lesson Blocks

  • History
    • Constitutional Law
    • Medieval History
    • World History Through Music
    • Current Events
  • Literature
    • Wolfram Von Eschenbach’s Parzival
    • Dante’s The Divine Comedy
    • Shakespeare
  • Mathematics
    • Projective Geometry
    • Triangle Trigonometry
  • Science
    • Biology – Botany
    • Chemistry
    • Physics – Electricity, Magnetism
    • Astronomy

Track Lessons

English, Algebra/Precalculus, Spanish, Test Prep, Personal Finances, Music, Physical Education

Arts and Practical Activities

Painting, Drawing, Modeling, Sculpting, Textile Arts, Printing, Bookbinding, Performing Arts, and Monologues

Grade 12

Main Lesson Blocks

  • History
    • World History Through Architecture
  • Global Studies
    • Symptomatology
  • Literature
    • Russian Literature
    • Transcendentalists
    • Goethe’s Faust
    • Melville’s Moby-Dick
    • Memoir
  • Mathematics
    • Business Math
    • Calculus
  • Science
    • Biology – Zoology
    • Biochemistry
    • Physics – Optics

Track Lessons

English, Calculus/Financial Mathematics, Spanish, Music, Physical Education

Arts and Practical Activities

Painting, Modeling, Sculpture, Bookbinding, Performing Arts, Twelfth Grade Play, Art Portfolio Elective

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