Many academic courses—history, English, science, and some math—are taught in 3-4 week blocks as seminars that meet for 100 min. per day, five days per week. Other academic courses—foreign languages, mathematics, and some English—meet 3 to 4 days per week for 50 min. Arts and physical education meet 50-100 minutes, 1-2 times per week.
English: English classes meet 4 times per week to focus on reading, writing, and interpretation. Additional English seminars cover such topics as American literature, the Odyssey, Tragedy & Comedy, Bible as Literature, Poetry, Parsifal, Shakespeare, the Transcendentalists, and Russian Literature.
Math: In addition to a standard course of study that progresses from Algebra I through Geometry & Trigonometry and Algebra II to Precalculus and Calculus, we require seminars in Statistics & Probability and Projective (non-Euclidean) Geometry.
History: History seminars cover U.S. history and world history from the ancient world to the modern world. In addition, seminars in history through art, history through drama, history through music, and history through architecture present the development of human consciousness as evidenced by the cultural artifacts of the diverse civilizations that constitute world history.
Foreign Languages: We teach German or Spanish with an emphasis on conversational facility and reading. Each class takes a 3 week visit to Munich, Germany, or to a Spanish-speaking country (most recently, Cali, Colombia; in the past, Lima and Cuzco, Peru) in 9th or 10th grade; many, if not most, students then exchange with Waldorf schools in these cities in 10th or 11th grade. We host approximately 10 visitors from Germany and Peru or Colombia for visits of 3 weeks and exchanges of 6 to 12 weeks each year.
Science: In addition to sequential seminars each year of high school in biology, chemistry, and physics, we offer seminars in earth science, botany, geology, astronomy, and environmental science. Transcripts record those seminars that have a laboratory component.
Arts: All students take required courses in fine and performing arts each year. Student portfolios represent this work to colleges and universities.
Accreditation: The Great Barrington Waldorf High School is accredited as the High School of the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).