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OUR CURRICULUM

As a tuition-free, public charter school, our school strives to meet NC state standards with art-filled lesson plans based in Waldorf methodology. This marriage guides our mission and center our daily practice of teaching and learning. We call these core values

The ROCS 8. 

Most fundamentally, we believe in:

WHOLE CHILD EDUCATION

We nurture each student’s head, heart, and hands with equal care and intention, striving to cultivate their innate

social, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional abilities. 


A REVERENCE FOR NATURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL RHYTHMS

We learn and play outside in every season and all weather.

We believe in the power of the natural world as a classroom, teacher, and guide.


PLAYFUL LEARNING

We create child-centered classrooms and lessons that encourage joy, imagination, confidence, and growth.

We prioritize physical activity throughout the school day, honoring the value and lifelong impact of healthy movement. 


AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM

We merge the principles of Public Waldorf with NC state standards through integrated thematic units

centered around a Main Lesson, using imaginative, hands-on activities for experiential learning. 


INTENTIONAL TECHNOLOGY

We strive for the strategic integration of electronics only when and where they are developmentally appropriate

and teach our students to use technology as one of many tools.


ARTS INTEGRATION

We use music, dance, handwork, performance, and each child’s innate creativity to enrich our lessons and deepen our understanding,

incorporating art and imagination in every part of the school day.


COMMUNITY

We encourage an active, supportive, engaging learning environment of 

administrators, faculty, parents, students, and community partners. 


DIVERSITY

We strive to represent the beautiful diversity of our city and state by welcoming students and staff

from all backgrounds and offering free education for all.

Our school day runs from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm Monday through Friday. Each week, our students visit each of our four specials: Spanish, Handwork, Music, and Movement. Each class spends at least one hour of free play outside every day, split between two 30-minute recess sessions. 


For instance, your child's schedule may look something like this: 

9:00-9:20       Morning Meeting

9:25-10:25     Main Lesson

10:30-11:15   Specials

11:25-11:55   First Recess

12:00-12:25   Lunch

12:30-1:30     Skills

1:35-2:05       Second Recess

2:10-2:40       Science/Social Studies

2:40-3:00       Rest/Catch-Up

3:00-3:15       Closing Circle 

 
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