th As a public charter school, ROCS is required to provide instruction based on the grade-level skills and topics delineated in the NC Standard Course of Study. However, our teachers have wide lattitude in how they provide this instruction, incorporating traditional Waldorf methods (such as chalk drawing, imaginative play, manipulatives, practical application) into lessons. ROCS also incorporates many Waldorf grade-level thematic subjects and projects into its curriculum (see more below). 


ROCS students have one “special” class daily, rotating through all five per week. We offer Spanish (language and culture), Handwork (knitting and textile arts), Art (traditional visual arts), Music (incl. traditional Waldorf instruments), and Movement (yoga, games, cultural dance).

Outdoor Play

In every grade, each class spends at least one hour of free play outside every day, split between two 30-minute recess sessions. In good weather, classes try to have lunch and/or learning time outside as well.  Students maintain their class garden plot and care for our school chickens.


As a Waldorf-inspired school, ROCS appreciates the observable rhythms of the natural world, which are reflected in the seasonality of our individual lives. We seek to honor those with four community-wide festivals each year: Dia de los Meurtos, Lantern Walk, Spiral Walk, and May Day. We also observe other Waldorf traditions such as a bridging ceremony, First Day Flowers, and Winter Faire. 





By Grade Level


Kindergarten emphasizes creative, open-ended play that catalyzes young children to develop the problem-solving, relational, motor, and creative thinking skills that they will need throughout life. 


1st Grade

First grade is full of fairy tales and wonder at the world around us. Experiential learning is full of song, art, and movement as students build their solid foundations in reading and math. 

2nd Grade

2nd graders are at an age of in-between with “one foot still on the rainbow bridge.” From their own duality they can better understand stories from around the world that show the equally stark contrast of man: good and evil, Saints and tricksters. 2nd graders grow to better understand their world around them in this context.

3rd Grade

In third grade, stories about farming and nature, as well as ancient Hebrew stories/Creation stories from all over the world, form the background for the language arts curriculum. It’s also the year of practical math. The children begin to build on the skills they have acquired during the past two years. They are expected to know the multiplication tables by heart, standards of measure, and telling time. 3rd graders learn about and create miniature primitive dwellings.

4th Grade

In 4th grade, students learn how to deeply think about and make connections in new material, and grasp more complex concepts across all subjects. They also write with clarity, flow, and structure similar to that of traditional essays. Fourth graders are encouraged to be more independent in how they learn, and depend less on their teacher’s guidance. They research, plan, and revise their work more by themselves — setting the foundation to be lifelong, self-starting learners.

Middle School

Fifth through eigth grades foster lifelong learners by:

  • emphasizing critical thinking skills

  • encouraging curiosity

  • cultivating a global understanding

  • nurturing a growth mindset

  • and setting personal goals for growth and independence while meeting state standards for education.

  • introduction of extracurricular clubs, including Art, Yearbook, Robotics, and Math Circle

5th and 6th grade

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Department encourages creative expression. Handwork, Art, Spanish, Music, and Movement are utilized to spark students curiosity and love for learning. The Arts allow students to more deeply explore content from main lessons through creative processes. 


The Exceptional Children’s department serves students with a wide variety of needs.  EC provides extra support so students can be successful across all areas of the curriculum.  The department assists with not only academics and social/emotional skills but with speech/language and fine and gross motor skill support.




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Location: 2600 Sumner Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27616

Telephone: (919) 322-2615

Fax: (919) 322-2634


School Hours: M-F: 9am - 3:15pm