The Pre-School Program (3-7 years)
The Kindergarten area is circular in structure and radiates a warm and affectionate homelike-atmosphere. Children are differentiated into small divisions according to age; each with its own teacher and trained student assistant. The children follow a rhythmic routine of activities and individualized intervention programs as well as therapies that develop their physical and emotional wellbeing, their fine and gross motor skills, communication skills, and self-confidence. The small size of each group, along with the beautiful setting, provide a socially and emotionally rich environment for learning.
The Academic School Program (7-15 years)
Children in Steiner Schools begin their academic journey after they finish kindergarten. Each class teacher in the Lower School will accompany her students from the age of six until their adolescent age of 18. The academic section implements the Waldorf teaching approaches using a curriculum that mainly encourages problem solving, creative thought and activity, individual study and collaborative learning. Students are triggered to learn, accomplish and to socially interact through artistic activities and their strong relation with nature. Learning occurs in a predictable and rhythmical manner (main lesson, individualized work, arts and crafts). Throughout the year, students participate in the festival life, trips to museums, ecological outings, and plays. Some students also become members of the Special Olympic teams, such as basketball, swimming, or football.
The Pre-Vocational Program (18 +)
Students in grades nine through twelve, ages fourteen to eighteen, participate daily in a unique pre-vocational program designed to develop functional knowledge and skills needed to enhance their social development and allow them to participate in meaningful practical work. Working individually or in small groups, students rotate through various pre-vocational workshops including the household activities, gardening and distilling, basketry, pottery and mosaics.
Students are seen as unique and creative individuals with unique needs.
They are taught in the context of nature, skills that can be applied to every aspect of their lives.
In the pre-vocational curriculum, arts and learning intertwine in an effective manner to help the students acquire knowledge and understanding through practice and imagination…Students participate in a variety of workshops based on their ability, creativity and skills.
The Vocational Program
The vocational program is designed for the age of Eighteen years old and above, and aims to facilitates the transition from regular specialized education to future adult placement.
The vocational program is open to all students at the school and is also available as a transitional course for other young students with special needs. The courses are adapted to meet each individual’s needs and potentials aiming at building and extending the skills needed for adult placement.
It extends over 3-4 years period during which 8 craft-workshops are completed.
The students are given the opportunity to move from one workshop to another and are encouraged to develop numeracy, literacy, communication, as well as fine and gross motor skills.
The program also enhances the student’s awareness and develops his/her self-worth and identity necessary to render them productive individuals in the society.
Through engagement with the vocational curriculum that involves practical craft, students take part in individual programs designed especially to enable them to reach their maximum potential through working in small groups.
In the first and second years, the program develops clear thinking, emotional awareness as well as practical and academic skills. In the third, the focus shifts to a vocational pathway, work experience and job-readiness related skills.
The Working Group Program (22 +)
The working group program allows the graduating students (those who have completed the vocational program) to have clear tasks and responsibilities and learn to be productive.
In the working group, each member has a work contract and income, where students learn to be more independent.
All adults with special needs join regular weekly meetings with their coordinators to follow up on their job performance.
Some of them also join outside integrated working places.
The Residential Program
An in house residential program is also available to help some students progress into adult-like independent life style. The residential program aims to create a spirit of community where values of sharing and service offer a model for the whole society.
Working and living in the community is therapeutic, individualized, and based on offering individuals with special needs a life full of accomplishment and meaning.