At Portland Waldorf High School, students meet expert teachers in humanities, mathematics, sciences and the arts.


9th Grade: Anatomy, Organic Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Geology

10th Grade: Mechanics, Acids & Bases, Meteorology, Physiology

11th Grade: Astronomy, Electricity & Magnetism, Botany, Chemistry

12th Grade: Zoology, Biochemistry, Optics, Science Elective (topics in Biology, Chemistry, Physics)


9th Grade: Algebra I or II, Combinations & Permutations

10th Grade: Geometry, Greek Geometry

11th Grade: Algebra II or Precalculus, Projective Geometry

12th Grade: Precalculus or Calculus


9th Grade: US Colonialism & US Revolution, World History through Revolutions, World History through Art

10th Grade: Africa, Ancient History, US History, Civics

11th Grade: Rome & the Middle Ages, The Age of Discovery, The Middle East, Music History

12th Grade: The Global Economy, History of Architecture, America in the Modern World


9th Grade: Comedy & Tragedy, Grammar, Short Stories, Biography, Literature of the Pacific Rim

10th Grade: The Odyssey, American Literature, Poetry, Creation Stories

11th Grade: Parzival, Romantic Poetry, Dante and the Romantics, Cultural Identities, Shakespeare

12th Grade: Transcendentalism, Russian Literature, Senior Essay


All Four Years: Music (choice of Choir, Orchestra, Guitar, African Drumming)

9th Grade: Basketry, Coppersmithing, Fine Arts

10th Grade: Spinning & Weaving, Woodworking & Marquetry, Fine Arts

11th Grade: Blacksmithing, Book Arts, Fine Arts

12th Grade: Painting, Sculpture, Book Arts, Fiber Arts, Auto Mechanics

College & Career, Health & Wellness, Internships

All Four Years: Health & Wellness Skills

11th grade: ACT preparation, Internship Elective, College & Career Counseling

12th Grade: Senior Project, Apprenticeships Elective, Internship Elective, College & Career Counseling

College & Career Success: PWHS sends 90% of its graduates to a wide variety of prestigious colleges and rewarding careers, pursuing such varied topics as: biological anthropology, neuroscience & technology, social science, political science, chiropractic care, chemistry, film, biology, music, organic farming, grant writing, art, wilderness education, architecture, community organizing, interior design, Peace Corps volunteerism, communications, clothing design, teaching, writing, and more. Click for a sampling of PWHS college acceptances, and read our High School Newsletter for alumni stories.



9th Grade: Typing, Word Processing, File Sharing

10th Grade: Photo Manipulation, Spreadsheets & Graphing, Publishing Software, Website Design & Coding

11th/12th Grade Elective: Computer & Robotics Lab, Game Creation, Basic Circuits, Circuit Boards

Foreign Language

Spanish, German

Outdoor Education

9th Grade 

  • Outdoor Week: Camping, Social Bonding, Survival Skills
  • Farm Week: Internship on a working farm
  • LivingLAB classes

10th Grade:

  • Outdoor Week: Camping, Tracking, Plant Identification

11th Grade:

  • Outdoor Week: Backpacking, Sustainable Practices
  • LivingLAB Elective

12th Grade:

  • Outdoor Week: Retreat & 48-Hour Solo Sit
  • LivingLAB Elective
Honors Curriculum

Unlike AP and IB classes which usually have a set curriculum preparing students for the big test, PWHS Honors curriculum allows Honors level work and credit to be made available in any course through an agreement between the student and teacher. Teachers encourage students to be curious and look for ways to challenge themselves and connect their personal interests to the curriculum. In any given class, students who are performing well with the regular curriculum can gain Honors by doing extra research in addition to the regular expectations of the class. They then work with the teacher to design a unique essay topic, presentation or tangible product that demonstrates what they’ve learned. This added work results in the course becoming an Honors course and provides a bump in the student’s GPA.

Drama & Movement

All Four Years: Drama (including games, skits & monologues, theatrical production), Eurythmy, Physical Education

Extracurricular Activities

AthleticsCross Country, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, Track & Field, or other sports through our OSAA membership

Leadership Opportunities: Student Council, Student Ambassador Program

Clubs (vary based on student interest): Speech and Debate, Jazz Band, Culture Club, Bowling, Yearbook, Chess Club, Literature Club, Math Club, Film Club


For international students interested in attending PWHS for a year or more, click to learn more about our International Student Program.


For Waldorf students interested in participating in a six to twelve week foreign exchange, click to learn more about our Foreign Exchange Program.


Shadow a Student
Discover a day in the life of a PWHS student – a chance to explore our curriculum and school culture from within. (Open to prospective students in Grade 8 or above.)

A Parent’s Guide to Social Media
October 28, 7pm
PWHS Life Skills teacher Michael Johnson talks about the newest and most popular apps, and shares insights about adolescents online.

Walk Through the High School Grades 
November 10 | December 8; 
This behind-the-scenes tour visits classes while they’re in session so that you can experience Waldorf education first-hand.

High School Open House
November 13, 1-3pm
What’s different (and awesome!) about PWHS, the only Waldorf High School in Oregon? Come check it out for yourself… sample some lessons with our amazing teachers and tour our beautiful seven acre campus with PWHS students.

RSVP for any or all of the above: Connie Vera

Visit the Admissions page for complete info about admissions visits and applications from early childhood through high school.