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Johanna, Credit Facilitator, leading a German High School Credit class.

In just four weeks, villagers at Waldsee can earn a year’s credit of high school German. As an extension of Waldsee‘s core curriculum, the credit program emphasizes active learning–drawing on all of the resources that Waldsee has to offer, including the rich natural surroundings, a variety of outdoor and sporting activities and Village life.

Two girls smiling in front of the rotunda while other villagers and staff dance.

Students engage the German language using a theme-based curriculum that melds cultural content with grammar lessons. Waldsee's credit program is much more than a classroom in the middle of the woods: it redefines how language is learned. It emphasizes learning in natural situations, like going to the Laden (store), ordering food at the Waldsee Café, or producing our own Seifenoper (soap opera) for the rest of the Village.

Villagers in four-week high school credit-bearing sessions gain an academic year’s worth of language and culture skills through an immersion experience embedded in daily life, featuring a variety of cultural activities as well as formal study and assessment (minimum of 180 instructional hours; accredited by Cognia). Emphasis is on literacy and oracy. Open to students entering grades 9-12 of all proficiency levels.

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