Affording a Waldorf Education


San Francisco Waldorf School adheres to the principle that economic and financial considerations should not soley determine who can or cannot attend the school. To make the school accessible to children of all economic backgrounds, the school offers tuition grants based on need through its Affordable Tuition Program. In return, we seek families who are committed to Waldorf education for their children.

Tuition and Fees

The tuition at San Francisco Waldorf High School for the 2015-2016 school year is $34,000 (tuition for the 2016-2017 school year will be announced in January 2016). To meet the varied economic needs of its families, the school devotes 20% of its revenue to support families who cannot afford full tuition. This year, 40% of our students receive tuition assistance through our Affordable Tuition Program, paying  between $9,000 and $26,000.

If you are uncertain about your eligibility for assistance, please apply to the Affordable Tuition Program. Taking into account the high cost of living in the Bay area, an income that in other regions would disqualify a family from assistance might result in an award.

Our tuition is comprehensive, covering  the cost of field trips, textbooks, the yearbook, the athletics program, Parent Association/Parent Council membership and student accident insurance.

We also have a sibling discount of 5% of tuition for each sibling. For details including payment plans see Discounts and Payment Plans.

Investing in Waldorf Education

Tuition does not fully cover the cost of each child’s education and therefore the school depends on a strong base of volunteer support with fundraising, special events, and assistance with many aspects of the operation of the school. The school expects each parent to make a commitment to participate in the life of the school by contributing time, skills, and money to the best of their ability.

Our goal is to find a way for every parent to feel they have made a contribution to the school. Participating in our fundraising and support programs is not only necessary, but also rewarding and renewing.

Tuition payments are an investment in your child's academic and personal development. Your investment helps to sustain the academic program and supportive community that makes SFWHS unique, and gives the teachers and administrators of the school a deep sense of responsibility to the students and families that make this education possible.

Further information is available from the Admission Office. Please call (415) 231-6151 if you have any questions.