Class 12 and 13 with IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)
The two year programme teaches the students not only to become independent and self-confident adults, but also to explore their own creativity and sensitivity. They are taught to deal with any kind of situation in their future life.
Connection between the Waldorf curriculum and the IBDP
There are many parallels between the Waldorf Curriculum and the IB Curriculum. There is no comparable highschool certificate, which would leave us – as a Steiner school – a lot of freedom to teach in our specific way.
In summer 2016 there will already be an 11th grade as an IBDP preparation year including linguistic studies abroad, so that the students (they don’t have to have visited a Steiner school before) will be prepared in the best possible way for class 12 and 13 as the main IBDP years.
«The ideal curriculum has to trace the changing view of the developing human nature on different age groups, but like every ideal it faces the reality of life and has to comply. This reality includes many aspects: there is the individuality of the teacher who faces his class, the class itself with the uniqueness of each individual student, the global historical time and the certain place on earth, where the school stands with its school rules and school authorities, that want to achieve the curriculum. All these circumstances modify the ideal curriculum and request changes and understanding, and the educational task, which is provided by the nature of growing up humans, can only be solved, if the curriculum can show flexibility and ductility in itself.»
[C. von Heydebrand, "Vom Lehrplan der Freien Waldorfschule", Stuttgart 1994, S. 11f.]
With the time many parts of the current curriculum emerged out of Rudolf Steiner’s curriculum recommendations and also great practical experiences, which show a common base for the work of all the Waldorf schools.
They are summarized in the so-called «Waldorf-Curriculum» by Tobias Richter.