In September 1979, San Francisco Waldorf School Association inaugurated the school under the pedagogical direction of R. Monique Grund. In August 1980, San Francisco Waldorf School moved to its present grade school location at 2938 Washington Street. In 1987 San Francisco Waldorf School became a full member school of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). On February 5, 1989, SFWS inaugurated the use of the new classroom building, multi-purpose hall, and eurythmy hall, all constructed to meet our growing school’s needs.
SFWS has been graduating classes from the grade school since 1988. The students have gone on to an array of select local public and private high schools, and from there to well-known colleges and universities. With the opening of San Francisco Waldorf High School in the fall of 1997, most of our grade school students have continued on to the High School and have been joined by students from other regional schools.
More recently, an Early Childhood Program was formed to provide nursery classes for children ages 2 3/4 through 4 and a range of parenting classes for the pre-natal through toddler stages. In addition, the early childhood group also began the Magic Lantern Traveling Marionette Theater, a marionette group that performs fairy tales and other stories from around the world for the school community and in other public venues.
From one kindergarten, two teachers, and eighteen very dedicated families, San Francisco Waldorf School has grown into our present parenting classes, nursery program, three kindergartens, grades one through twelve—and over four hundred children. SFWS continues to take steps towards that vision as it develops facilities and programs for all stages of childhood development.