High School Program

We believe that Waldorf education is uniquely suited to the journey of the adolescent. The task of teenagers is to discover their individual strengths, their unexpected passions, and their lifelong directions. High School students develop moral, intellectual and aesthetic capacities through focused inquiry in seminar-style classes taught by specialists. The depth and breadth of the curriculum creates thinkers with keen powers of observation, prepared for college and ready to meet the world. 
At Rudolf Steiner High School, learning occurs on multiple levels.  Both in the classroom and out in the world; with hands and eyes; through art, music and travel as much as reading, writing, and discussion.  This gives our students an unlimited canvas on which to sketch their identities and envision their futures.
The RSHS curriculum is an academically-challenging college-preparatory program.  Core academic lessons are offered in main lesson blocks of two hours per day for three to four weeks.  In addition to their main lesson class, students take daily mathematics and world languages, art classes, choir and instrumental music and an additional subject lesson determined by grade.  Our curriculum exceeds the requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum in all areas.
Subject Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
All Grades
World Languages (German, Spanish), Instrumental Music, Chorus, Studio Art, Movement
Math Courses
Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 or Accelerated Algebra 1
Geometry or Algebra 2
Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus
Pre-Calculus or Calculus
Permutations and Combinations; Geometry
Trigonometry; Statistics I
Projective Geometry
Statistics II
The Novel; History of Drama; Twentieth Century Non-fiction; Grammar
The Epic; Greek Mythology; The Hebrew Bible; Persuasive Writing; Etymology; Poetry; Greek Drama Performance
Parzival; Shakespeare; The New Testament; Dante; Research Paper
Faust; Transcendentalists; Shakespeare Performance
Thermodynamics; Sound and Communications
Electricity and Magnetism
Light and Color
Organic Chemistry
Acids, Bases and Salts
The Periodic Table
Life Science
Embryology; Physiology
Botany; Cell Biology
Evolution; Zoology
Earth Science
Revolutions I & II; History of Art I & II; 20th Century History
The Ancient World; India; China and CE; US History; Colonial America; Greek History
Empires in Europe and Asia; 19th and 20th Century; History of Music
Survey of History of World Development; History of Architecture
Life Skills
Health; Computer Science
Auto Mechanics; Computer Science
Civics; Computer Science
Civics; Economics
A variety of elective options are offered in
grades 11 & 12.  Recent years have included:
History of Vienna; Sustainable Horticulture; Philosophy; Cartooning; Yearbook
Mathematical Physics; River Ecology; Mathematical Chemistry; Celestial Navigation; Russian Literature; Conducting
Trips, Work Experience
Farming Trip
Surveying in Northern Michigan
Work Experience Internships
Zoology Trip to Maine; Italy Trip
In addition to our outstanding curriculum, RSHS strives to offer each student a vibrant and memorable high school experience.  
Outstanding Faculty
Our greatest resource is our experienced and talented faculty who continually challenge and inspire our students to draw upon their full academic talents, intellectual gifts and personal strengths. The heart of the RSHS experience is the authentic and meaningful relationship that our faculty develops with each and every individual student, supporting them in their growth toward adulthood.

Strong, Welcoming Community
High school is more than just a time for academic growth. At RSHS students are part of a strong and caring community where they can flourish as independent learners, developing adults and young leaders. Offering a full array of extracurricular activities, from competitive sports to Model United Nations to yearbook club, and regular school social events like dances and open mic nights, our staff and faculty shape a caring and supportive community where all students can find their place.