The seeds of academic rigor begin to germinate in 6th, 7th and 8th grade Main Lessons.

The curriculum continues to broaden and deepen the knowledge and skills introduced in the lower grades. Technology is seamlessly and appropriately integrated throughout the curriculum. Additionally, students are introduced to computer programming in the eighth grade Introduction to Computer Science course. World language advances from conversational accomplishment in Spanish and German to encompass reading and writing. Orchestra, band, and chorus undertake more complex musical compositions and perform both at school and in major venues such as Carnegie Hall.

Team sports are introduced, and students engage in interscholastic competitions with other independent schools in soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, and track.

Grade 6

Students take on the study of economics, geometry, physics, and geology, incorporating their learnings in visual arts, handwork, and woodwork.

Grade 7

From self discovery to the Age of Discovery, the 7th grade curriculum takes the students on an exploration of major historical events that led to reformations, seeking to understand diverse people and cultures. They are introduced to more advanced topics in math and science, and are given new creative challenges in language, visual, and performing arts.

Grade 8

8th graders develop stronger critical thinking, a better understanding of the world, and newfound independence in their studies and projects.

A Typical Day at Steiner

8:15-9:50 am: Main Lesson

Deep study of an academic subject such as math, language arts, botany, science, history, or geography. The lesson comes alive through artistic, descriptive, and dramatic presentations, in three to four week blocks. Each student creates their own handwritten and illustrated Main Lesson book.

9:55-10:35 am: Morning Recess

Rain or shine, students go to Central Park for free play or organized games.

10:40-11:20 am: German & Spanish

11:25 AM – 12:05 pm: Lunch

Locally sourced, organic ingredients are used to prepare lunches.

12:10-12:50 pm: English

12:55-1:35 pm: mathematics

1:40-3:00 pm: Arts/Labs/Physical Education

*Schedule varies per grade 6-8

Student Life

Students in grades 6-8 may join Upper School Clubs and teams.

Activities: Drama club, Student Publications & Student Clubs

Athletics: Volleyball, Soccer, Track & Basketball