WSSD’s high scholastic discipline is balanced by the ongoing integration of the fine, performing, and practical arts. Students study the sciences and unique academic subjects, such as The Holy Books, Projective Geometry, and The History of Architecture, in three- or four-week blocks during the 110-minute seminar period each day throughout the year. More traditionally oriented 45-minute subject classes in English, History, Math, Spanish, Art, Music, and Movement follow the seminar period.
The curriculum engages students in a comprehensive study of a variety of disciplines, including academics, drama, arts and crafts, music and movement. The four years of high school together form an integrated whole, and the curriculum of each grade is tailored to address key stages in adolescent development. The content of the courses offered each year focuses on giving students an increasingly in-depth understanding of the subject at hand and providing them with a context to work with the awakening questions of the emerging self.
Every graduate of WSSD will have gained academic self-confidence and a solid academic foundation in science, mathematics, history, english and a foreign language. They will have gained a sense of contemporary social issues as well as a basic understanding of how they have come into being. Ideally, each student will have had these issues take root in her soul so that she has a sense of social responsibility. They will have experienced and developed a respect for the ideas, values, history and priorities that exist in different cultures. They will also have heightened their sense of reverence after exploring the questions that lie at the essence of human experience – life, death, friendship, spirituality and vocation.