Toronto Waldorf School - ISSCC - International Education & Study Abroad SpecialistSchool ID: 732
School Name: Toronto Waldorf School
School Type: Co-Ed
Tuition fee: Gr 1-8: $14,962.50 , Gr 9-12: $16,625
Residential Type: Home Stay
Program offer: Early Childhood, Grades 1 - 8, Grades 9 - 12 (OSSD)
Other Information: At TWS, we refer to our unique approach as education from a deeper perspective™. Our students emerge from this education as life long learners, people who are personally centred, strongly connected to humanity and the earth and who know how to think, not just what to think. We create an educational experience that inspires our students to evolve into confident, creative thinkers who are strongly connected to humanity and the environment.
This highly effective, time tested approach empowers 94% of Waldorf graduates to go on to university, and 50% of those continue on to postgraduate work. View more Waldorf graduate statistics here, and watch the video profiles of our own alumni to see how Waldorf education helped them in their career.
This website is designed to help you get to know about our practice of education from a deeper perspective™. We encourage you to explore and learn about the breadth and depth of our curriculum and programs. At TWS we make a conscious effort to instill the same values into the manner in which we operate our school and interact with our community that we do in our classrooms.
In this section of the website, About TWS, we share information about our teachers and staff, governance, development work, recent news and much of the behind-the-scenes support for our wonderful school.
High School Program:
High School at TWS offers a challenging, rigorous curriculum that includes an integration of sciences, mathematics, humanities and the arts. Academics are balanced with physical activity, work experience, wilderness trips and a healthy social life. Education from a deeper perspective™ aims to develop clear thinking, active participation and a feeling of moral responsibility.
Registered with Ontario Ministry of Education to issue Ontario Secondary School Diploma
Curriculum meets diploma requirements as well as additional elements of education from a deeper perspective™.
Also accredited by AWSNA and CESI
3 Types of Lessons
Main Lesson: a two hour lesson that starts each day for large academic topics such as organic chemistry, similarity and trigonometry or history of drama. Each main lesson block lasts 3-4 weeks, taught by teachers specializing in the subject and has an artistic or movement component that enhances the learning experience.
Skills lesson: 45 minute periods after Main Lesson for subjects requiring on-going practise and skills development such as French or German, math and sciences.
Artistic or movement lessons: for fine arts, physical education and crafts such as metalwork, woodwork or bookbinding. Offered in single or double 45 minute periods, ideally after lunch.
2 High School Advisors support each class from Grades 9 through 12. The female and male pair of teachers work with students through their 4 years of high school, liaising with parents regularly and as needed. They contribute anecdotal information to report cards and participate in end of year trips. Performance Arts Courses
Each high school student selects 2 performance arts courses each year.
Options include: orchestra, choral music, drama, dance, stage technology, guitar, circus arts and eurythmy (a movement art)
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All students in grades 9 to 11 participate in a two or three week work practicum each spring.
Grade 9: 3 weeks overnight stay at an organic or biodynamic farm, participating in the daily rhythm and chores of the farm.
Grade 10: 2 weeks working full time in a business or industrial setting.
Grade 11: 2 weeks working full time in a social services environment such as a childcare, kindergarten or home for the disabled or aged.
Grade 12 students use this time to prepare and perform a full-length drama production, with responsibility for acting, costumes, sets, props, lighting, sound, program, ticket sales and clean up. This is a highlight of the high school experience, performed for students, staff and community.
International Waldorf Students
TWS welcomes a number of International Waldorf students each year to study with us; most students come from Waldorf schools in France, Germany or Switzerland.
The TWS Exchange program enables our students to travel to Europe (a French or German speaking country) to study for 4 months, and to welcome a student into their home in Canada as well.
Those who choose not to do an exchange benefit from the presence of the International Waldorf students who study at TWS, resulting in friendships and cultural exposure to students from afar.
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