Steiner stated that ‘adolescents have the longing to discover that the world is founded on truth’. Adolescence is the period of transition from childhood to adulthood, characterised by rigorous intellectual development. Students are ready to move into the adult domain where their conceptual capacity and ability for objective evaluation and judgment becomes more refined and sophisticated. The secondary school student is able to debate, question, observe, analyse and form conclusions from his/her own experience.

Secondary school students experience a broad-ranging curriculum, both academic and artistic, positive and optimistic, exemplifying the strength of the human spirit. This builds the capacity for courage, confidence and resilience to go out into the world with a strong sense of self and ethical values.

“Those human beings who have not learnt to work in the ways of beauty and through beauty to capture truth, will never come to the full humanity needed to meet the challenges of life.” – Rudolf Steiner

Australian Steiner Curriculum Child Development: High School (pdf)