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


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

Drama, Movement, Health & Wellness, Internships

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

12th Grade: Senior Project, Internship Elective, Apprenticeships Elective

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
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): Culture Club, Yearbook, Chess Club, Literature Club, Math Club, Film Club

International Students

If you are interested in attending PWHS for a year or more, please visit our International Student Information & Inquiry page.

Exchange Students

For Waldorf students wanting to participate in an exchange with a PWHS student, please send a letter describing yourself, your family, school, and desired dates to Wibke Fretz.


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.)

Walk Through the High School Grades 
October 13 | 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.

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.

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:

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