Middle School
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Venturing Forth

Sixth grade is the gateway to pre-adolescence. The curriculum offers firm academic grounding in math, composition, and science, along with memorable depictions of cultural cause and effect: Arthurian legend and the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, medieval society and the Crusades. Students begin to structure and participate in scientific experiments on light, heat, magnetism and electricity while the study of mathematics incorporates business math and the principles of economics.

As middle schoolers, students in the sixth grade join either the Strings Orchestra or the Recorder Ensemble and participate in the Middle School Choir; experiences that enrich the school year through multiple musical performances.

Strings & Recorders
Geology & Astronomy
Light, Sound & Motion
Main Lessons
Class Teacher

Class Teacher

Lila Almond Rubio-Quero (Noreen Crowley temporary leave)

Lila Rubio-Quero was born in Puerto Rico and lived there until she was 6 years old. At that time she moved to the United States and was raised in Florida and Georgia. She has a Bachelor in Textile Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA with a finance concentration from Wake Forest University. She has completed the Foundation Studies program through the Center for Anthroposophy where she rediscovered her love of teaching. Lila is currently working on her Waldorf teacher training certificate through the Rudolph Steiner Centre in Toronto. Lila was math tutor for Decatur High School and a calculus teaching assistant at Georgia Tech. She also spent many years in senior management in the business world before becoming a mother to two daughters, both students at WSA. Most recently, Lila has been a regular substitute at WSA, teaching everything from main lesson to math and Spanish. She loves to travel, ride bikes, cook healthy things and spend time with her family.

Noreen Crowley was born in New York City and raised in the surrounding area. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies (summa cum laude) from St. John's University in Queens, NY. Shortly after discovering Waldorf education in 1996 at the Waldorf School of Garden City, she relocated to Florida and taught math and science at a charter school. As the school expanded, Noreen envisioned and created a middle school program. However, her heart was still with Waldorf education. Hence, she pursued and received her Waldorf teaching certificate from Antioch New England Graduate School. After teaching at a developing Waldorf school in Florida, Noreen and her family relocated to Decatur to join a more established school community. Having graduated from Academe of the Oaks, her son is a thriving Junior at Oglethorpe University, while her daughter just finished a master's program at Columbia University. Noreen enjoys the close proximity to the mountains and the opportunity for hiking and camping in Georgia.

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Language Arts and Mathematics Academic Benchmarks