SFWS was founded in 1979 by a small group of committed faculty and parents, many of whom remain active in the community. Since then the school has grown in to an organization serving more than 470 students on three campuses, and has become a cultural focal point for Waldorf education in the Bay Area.

The school’s major governing spheres are: the Board of Trustees, which oversees the school’s overall fiscal, legal, and structural health; the College of Teachers, which sets and manages pedagogy and student life, and the Administrative Director, who is the senior spokesperson for the school and oversees daily operations. All three groups strive for consensus on the school’s major policies, and thereby on the character of the organization. For more information, please read about our "System of Shared Governance".

As the student/family population has grown, institutional complexity has increased. This increased complexity requires greater responsiveness, timely, thorough, and effective communication, and efficient professionalism from the school’s governing bodies.