At Shining Mountain Waldorf High School we recognize that adolescence is an important stage of human development. A profound transformation takes place, and powerful inner forces are unleashed. Young people consciously begin to forge their own identities and discover their own values. Vestiges of childhood fall away, and adulthood slowly comes to meet them. Ideals and aspirations arise in the young person, and the adolescent needs to have these ideals affirmed. Adolescents long for a sense of connection to the world and for meaningful relationships.