Why Towering Oaks?
Towering Oaks is a unique Waldorf inspired learning environment that uses the city and its resources as the classroom. All subjects are experiential and infused with a Chicago focus that will enable students to see themselves within the context of the city they live in.
Students are met with rigorous academics that meet them at a level appropriate to their developmental stage. Visual and performing arts are woven into English, math, science, foreign language and practical arts in a collaborative manner that nourishes the head, heart and hands of students. Standardized testing takes a back seat to authentic tasks. Learning is tied to projects of personal significance to students and the people around them. The competitive atmosphere of ranking and placement is left behind in favor of a cooperative and collaborative style that engenders empathy and mirrors the structures of higher education and the work world.
Students at Towering Oaks work collaboratively to create projects that make the world a better place. Students want to help their community and their world. They interact with people in the greater Chicago community - be they artists, scientists, conservationists, or activists - to make the city a better place. They also have the opportunity through the large international network of Waldorf Schools to visit partner schools in other countries and study there for a period of time, developing friendships and deepening their language skills. They learn to get along with people and develop the confidence to make a difference in whatever they choose to pursue.
Towering Oaks is a place for all students and families. We welcome everyone and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
Chicago is lucky to be home to many amazing high schools. We look forward to sharing our singular vision for high school with you and your family.