Middle School | 6-8

In the middle school years, students are guided through an exceptional integrated curriculum of math, science, humanities, world languages, sports, and the arts; all of which serve to foster independent critical thinking and personal initiative. At Santa Fe Waldorf School the developing adolescent is shown the value of strong human connections and powerful artistic expressions as they craft their own sense of self identity.

Get a glimpse into our Middle School program below, or schedule a visit with Admissions Coordinator, Brent Poole | 505-467-6431


Sixth Grade

“Strength from stones I’m given.” Grade 6 marks the dawn of adolescence and the beginning of the struggle between light and darkness. An important change in the quality of the child’s consciousness occurs at this time. An initial dawning of intellectual consciousness. At around age 12, the child’s feeling perception passes over to the world of ideas. This feeling approach to thinking is the first step toward critical independent thinking and judgment. As always, the curriculum seeks to meet and foster these emerging capacities.

  • Language arts: spelling, grammar, composition
  • Independent study and report writing
  • Ancient history (Roman Republic and Empire) and the Middle Ages
  • Speech and Drama
  • Mathematics: Business math, percentages
  • Geometric form drawing using precision instruments
  • World Geography I
  • Geology and mineralogy
  • Physics: optics, acoustics, magnetism, electricity, heat
  • Astronomy
  • Spanish language
  • Painting, clay modeling, drawing
  • Handwork: Sewing, Woodworking
  • Singing, recorder-playing and orchestra
  • Eurythmy (movement)
  • Games and physical education
  • Outdoor education: class camping trip to Carlsbad Caverns related to mineralogy studies

Seventh Grade

“In heights of world without…” Looking outward while feeling inward, the adolescent student lives an emotional life filled with expressiveness and forcefulness. Questioning authority and challenging all that is the students seek to assert their independence and find their place among their peers. It is no accident, then, that The Renaissance is a theme that underlies the Grade 7 curriculum. Adolescence often typifies a looking back in order to understand what lies ahead. Harking back to the Renaissance ideals of Truth and Beauty offers a healthy alternative to the critical attitudes of typical students of this age.

  • Language arts: grammar and composition
  • Creative writing, biographies
  • Independent study and report writing
  • History of the Late Middle Ages, Renaissance, and the Age of Exploration
  • Speech and Drama
  • Mathematics: pre-algebra, geometry and geometric drawing
  • World Geography II
  • Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics II
  • Astronomy
  • Spanish Language
  • Painting, clay modeling, drawing
  • Perspective Drawing
  • Handwork
  • Woodwork
  • Singing, recorder-playing and orchestra
  • Eurythmy (movement)
  • Games and physical education
  • Outdoor education

Eighth Grade

“In depths of soul within…” An examination of the 8-year cycle of the elementary student can be compared to the musical movement of notes through the scale. Using the octave as metaphor, the Grade 8 curriculum recapitulates and enhances all that has come before, and yet like that eighth note in the musical scale, it stands as its own foundation for the next step forward in life. It is a big step, and the year’s curriculum appropriately  involves aspects of Revolution—through history, science and literature.

  • Language arts: grammar, composition, creative writing
  • Literature: short stories, letters, Shakespeare
  • Independent study and report writing
  • Modern History: The Age of Revolutions
  • History of the United States
  • Speech and Drama
  • Mathematics: Algebra and Geometry
  • World Geography III
  • Human anatomy
  • Physics III
  • Meteorology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Spanish Language
  • Painting, sculpting
  • Handwork: Machine sewing , Woodwork
  • Singing, recorder-playing and orchestra
  • Eurythmy (movement)
  • Games and physical education
  • Outdoor education