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Alex Hart (2011), Amherst Soccer Captain

San Francisco Waldorf High School graduate Alex Hart (Class of 2011) is a junior at Amherst College, finishing up an exciting year that took her from the New England soccer fields to the Norwegian fjords, with plenty of classrooms and museums in between. We asked Alex to catch us up on her studies and travels, and to reflect on her athletic experiences at SFWHS and a competitive Division III college. What is your overall college experience so far?College has exceeded my expectations. I’m... Read More

In Sun Light and In Soul Light

The San Francisco Youth Eurythmy Troupe in Taiwan, February 13-22, 2014by David Weber Astrid Thiersch’s San Francisco Youth Eurythmy Troupe presented its nineteenth annual set of public performances on January 28 and 29, 2014 to a total audience of about eight hundred delighted people of all ages, from our own San Francisco Waldorf community and beyond. For many this is a much-anticipated highlight, and each year we hear the comment, “that was the best one ever!” It seems like a kind of small... Read More

Spring Night Thanks

Thank you, thank you, thank you Many thanks to everyone for coming to the Spring Night Benefit and participating in the online auction.  Spring Night is very important to the school as a community event and is the largest fundraiser outside Annual Fund.  We could not succeed without your involvement!   Also, the school would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses who made donations of items, funds or volunteer time.  It is your support... Read More

New Ports Ahead for Founding Teacher Monique Grund

Dear SFWS Community, In some ways this letter is one we could not imagine ever writing, and yet the time has come. Our beloved founding Kindergarten teacher, Monique Grund, will be retiring at the end of this school year. What an important transition for the school as well as a new adventure for her! Monique has devoted 35 years to SFWS, contributing with her colleagues to building it into the largest Waldorf school in the U. S. and a leading example of independent Waldorf education. Those 35... Read More

Reflections On High School Teaching

In the course of a life’s journey as a Waldorf teacher, my path has led through three grade school classes and then into high school. Each new age and grade level demands an inner adjustment from the teacher; this demand is intensified for the class teacher at the nodal points of child development—the nine-year change and the twelve-year change. The transformation of puberty presents an even greater challenge. High school opens new outer landscapes of study and new inner vistas of soul... Read More

Humanities in the Waldorf Grade School

In light of Waldorf education, what do the Humanities mean? We offer our children a way to understand what it is to be human and a way to become more deeply human as they grow. This is embedded within the curriculum from the beginning of First Grade through graduation day. Everything the teacher says, does, and holds inwardly is a face-to-face learning with the children. Waldorf schooling is humanistic and draws from the humanities, even in teaching natural sciences. All subjects are brought... Read More

Martina Brimmer (Class of 2001), Small Business Owner

“My name is Martina and I am the owner of Swift Industries. And I am also the janitor and the bookkeeper. And I am a sewer. I am the person who runs errands and drops off deliveries… along with everyone that I work with.”  This begins the story (as told on www.builtbyswift.com) of how Martina Brimmer and her husband Jason turned their passion for bicycle touring and admiration for high quality handcrafts into a successful small business making bicycle panniers and touring bags. Swift... Read More

Dr. Johanna Steegmans: Strengthening Life Forces in the Age of Technology - March 25, 7pm

Eurythmy Room, High School Campus Free to the community What are the essential ingredients to a healthy, vital family lifestyle? Dr. Steegmans will speak about cultivating and nurturing vitality, enthusiasm, and interest in life, learning and relationships in our modern world full of technology. Living a life in balance is essential to our future: ecologically, economically, and socially. How do we reconcile convenience, necessity, and freedom? How can we resolve to strengthen our vitality... Read More

Christof Wiechert: Loving Authority - Monday, March 17, 7pm

Dakin Hall, Grade School Campus Free to the community  How do we hold ourselves as parents? Christof Wiechert, a world-renowned Waldorf educator, will talk with us about the importance of developing the practice of loving authority as parents. Reminding us that it is not our job as parents to be our children’s peers or friends, he will talk about the importance of not overwhelming our children with the responsibility of too much choice. Christof will give us insights into the inner work as... Read More

Grade School Foreign Language Program

We live in a vibrant, linguistically rich, globally connected metropolis where parents value foreign language instruction for their grade school-age children. They may recognize that with language acquisition comes cultural understanding, flexibility in thinking, and clarity of expression in both native and new languages. Foreign language instruction can also strengthen comprehension in seemingly nonrelated subject areas like mathematics. At SFWS, students gain a strong foreign language... Read More

Teaching World Languages

Language learning in a Waldorf high school is an experience which nourishes head, heart, and hand.  During a typical lesson, Waldorf students engage in one or more real world activities -- conversing with their peers in the target language, interpreting music, illustrating a poem, reading news articles, comics, tweets, short stories, folk tales, plays or classics of literature -- and deepen their connection with the universal human condition.  Engagement with authentic resources,... Read More

Dilys Sun, SFWHS Class of 2006, Technology Consultant

Dilys Sun, SFWHS Class of 2006, was one of the first high school students to join our high school directly from China. Since graduating she has received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford in economics, worked for Deloitte Consulting as a technology consultant, learned to code through Codeacademy, a YCombinator-backed technical startup, and joined Airpair, a technical start-up as a Content Manager.   Although Dilys was initially nervous about studying at Stanford, she quickly found that... Read More

Grandparents and Special Friends Day 2014

Join your favorite students to explore the curriculum and experience their school. High School (9-12) Friday, April 4 - 9:15 am to 11:30 am 470 West Portal (parking at school) Grade School (K-8)Friday, April 11 - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm2938 Washington Street (valet parking) Please RSVP by March 28415.875.7212 or using the form below Fill out my online form. // Read More

World Café: Movie Night - "Cracking the Codes"

How To Deepen The Conversation On Race sponsored by the SFWS Multicultural Council  Saturday, March 8, 2014, 6:00pm to 9:30pm Evening Schedule:6:00 - 7:00 Hosted dinner and music7:00 - 9:30 The World Café - Movie and conversation At San Francisco Waldorf High School 470 West Portal Avenue San Francisco, CA 94127 Bring your curiosity to learn more about who we are as individuals and how we can create a greater sense of inclusive community. The World Café is an intentional, conversational... Read More

Town Hall 2014

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 Town Hall Meeting. Please click here for a pdf of the PowerPoint slides. Read More

Join the San Francisco Waldorf Ambassador Program

Our parent and alumni community is instrumental in getting the word out about the exceptional education offered at San Francisco Waldorf School and High School. In fact, the vast majority of our current families discovered our school by word of mouth through personal relationships. You can help spread the word by joining our Ambassadors Program. Created a year ago, this program is designed to empower people as they talk about our school to their friends, colleagues, and acquaintances.... Read More

A Culture of Gifting

There are three indications of real generosity: To remain steadfast without resisting, To praise without the emotion of generosity, And, to give before being asked. —Maaruf Karkhi  There is no community without gift and gifting. The acts themselves may not be visible, they may not have names, they may elude materiality, and yet, we depend on them for our very existence as givers and receivers. Warmth, recognition, love, care, and sometimes money—these are the bearers of... Read More

Dorian Jamal Cool (Class of 1995), International Law

Dorian Jamal Cool (Grade School Class of 1995) recently graduated from law school at University of San Francisco, where he qualified for the honors International and Comparative Law certificate. Jamal is particularly passionate about international criminal law in the context of societies transitioning from mass atrocity events, and looks forward to a career in both litigation and policy formation in this rapidly evolving legal area.  Jamal returned to law school in his mid-twenties after... Read More

Thoughts On Giving

by Jeanette Cool, Alumni Parent and Executive Director of The Sam Mazza Foundation  The word ‘philanthropy’ unfolds into a simple and beautiful definition — the love of people — and yet that love that requires an action: giving, helping, easing, improving, and creating.  As a child growing up on a farm in very rural Nebraska, “philanthropy” was all around my family — sharing garden produce with others; bringing labor to a fellow farmer who had fallen ill, helping a family less... Read More

Room to Grow: The Architecture and Design of School Spaces

By Laurence Jaquet and Kim Hopper At San Francisco Waldorf School, the built environment — our buildings, classrooms, and outdoors spaces — is a reflection of our character, community, and curriculum. Each of these spaces, from the nursery through the high school, is designed to support students in their education and their growth, just like the subject material and the teaching approach.  The interior classrooms of the early years are homelike and compact in scale. Active nursery and... Read More
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