Classes & Programs

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Classes & Programs

Early Childhood

Pre-K and Kindergarten

The Sunflower program gives children in Pre-K and Kindergarten, who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, or other intellectual disabilities, a holistic learning experience from the beginning of their education.

Early Grades

1st–4th grade

In Raphael Academy’s Early Grades classroom, the foundations of reading, writing, and math are taught within a context of rich storytelling, form drawing, and with the aid of various manipulatives and Curative movement exercises.

Middle Grades

5th–8th grade

While continuing to build upon the skills introduced in the Early Grades, middle school students explore exciting subject matters such as: creative writing, grammar, the history of ancient civilizations, Rome, the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, world geography, botany, chemistry, and physics.

Transition Class

9th–12th grade

In the Transition Classroom, students focus on core Waldorf curriculum topics such as: modern and world history, Shakespeare, mythology, world geography and map making, physiology, physics, chemistry, and algebra. Alongside the Main Lesson, the Unique Learning System Curriculum is used as a teaching tool for pre-vocational and life skills, creating a unifying thread between academics and greater independence. Daily Ability Groups continue to reinforce each student’s individual math and reading skills.

Summer Camp

Students enrolled in 1st–12th grades

Raphael Academy’s Summer Camp is designed for children and teenagers who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, or other intellectual or developmental disabilities, ages 5–11 and 12–17.