The Curriculum

Carver is the first public Waldorf methods high school in California.  Our curriculum is modeled on the traditional Waldorf curriculum: a four year developmentally based high school program integrating arts and adolescent development into all areas of the program. Our program meets the University of California A-G admission requirements.

Main Lesson

The hall mark of a Waldorf program is the main lesson period, a two hour seminar-like class. The main lesson is a three to four week block in which students and teachers delve deeply into a subject. Students create their own textbooks and also engage in artistic projects in every main lesson. We intend to continue building our main lesson curriculum over time. (Italicized courses are those we currently offer)


Main Lesson


Main Lesson


Art History
Earth Art Science

Permutations and Combinations
Comedy and Tragedy


The Islamic World

Romantic Era
Music History


Health and Nutrition
Ancient Meso-America

Ancient Greece


Projective Geometry
Senior Play

Modern Thought
History of Architecture

Student Voice: One of the most important things at Carver is the main lesson book. These portfolios give us an opportunity to look back at all we have learned: our essays, illustrations, art projects, drafts and lecture notes. As a senior I have made many portfolios and still enjoy he ones I made freshman year.

The Arts

All classes have an artistic component, though students take at least three years of art. The ninth grade art class is the Waldorf Wheel. Students rotate through 9-week sessions of Art, Drama, Gardening and Music. The tenth grade takes Art which works in collaboration with 10th grade physics. Eleventh and twelfth graders have the option to take Drama or AP Studio Art.  We are working in conjunction with the Capital Unity Center and Linked Learning to build a digital arts laboratory which would round out our art program and link it to the career pathways of digital and graphic arts.

The Garden: “Nature is our textbook”

Our garden is Carver’s centerpiece.  Students take great pride working in the garden.  We sustain our community with fresh and healthy snacks from the garden.  Students work daily in the garden learning all aspects of gardening, irrigation, organic pest control, seed propagation and building.

The idea of a garden/farm connected to the school is to restore the relationship between the earth and the students. Most youngsters have no idea how the food that they eat grows. We live in a technological world of instant satisfaction. We instantly connect with our friends by cell phone, we are instantly entertained by turning on the computer or TV, we use the drive-through to get our lunch instantly. Growing our own food helps us realize that our most basic need–food–requires many qualities that our technological society has forgotten. Growing our own food not only helps us connect to the earth, it also helps us develop life skills.
A school garden and farm is a living textbook that teaches the students how all life is interconnected and how we are all part of the cycles of life.  Please see Appendix A: Integrated Garden Matrix

Student Voice: The garden brings our campus to life.  It is a beautiful background to our daily routine.  Many students gravitate to it at lunch or while strolling during break.  We experience the changing seasons and crops of vegetables in our garden, and even sample them!

Academic Courses Offered

Carver uses the main lesson block to supplement and deepen the State and district graduation requirements. Our curriculum meets and exceeds the University of California A-G admissions requirements.









9 Contemporary Global Issues Geography English 9 Integrated Math 1 or 2 Biology Art PE
10 World History English 10 Integrated Math 2 or 3 Chemistry Spanish 1 PE Drama, Gardening, Music, Digital Arts
11 US History English 11(*ACE) Integrated Math 3 or Pre-Calculus Physics Spanish II AP Art, Drama, Gardening, Music, Digital Arts
12 Government
English 12(*ACE) Pre_calculus or AP Calculus Environmental Science(*ACE) Internship AP Art, Drama, Choir, Spanish III(*ACE), Gardening, Music
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