Educational Support

The San Francisco Waldorf School provides an education that honors a wide diversity of learning profiles and ways of growing and being in the world. The integration of live experiences, hands-on exploration and artistic expression into all areas of the curriculum enables every child to achieve a high level of motivation and joy in learning, and to meet challenges with resilience and perseverance.

The Care Group is the group of teachers that carries special responsibility for students identified for educational support. It includes teachers, a eurythmy therapist, Extra Lesson teachers and two Educational Support Coordinators (ESC), who are responsible for communication, record keeping, scheduling of in-school screenings and for the general implementation of all support interventions. The Care Group is also supported in its work by specialized professional consultants who visit the school on a regular basis and provide screenings, evaluations and advice. Amongst them are an Extra Lesson and sensory integration specialist, a certified educational therapist and an Anthroposophic doctor. The Educational Support Team is responsible for the drafting of Student Support Plans (SSP) for students identified with learning difficulties. The team usually includes the class teacher, the ESC and the educational therapist.

Educational support services offered by the school include:

  • first grade entry and second grade reviews of developmental milestones
  • yearly spot checks by the Extra Lesson teacher
  • cognitive screenings by the certified educational therapist
  • referrals to specialized professionals for further assessments, therapies and remediation outside school
  • assistance to class teachers regarding strategies and accommodations that are most helpful to students with learning differences
  • Therapeutic Eurythmy
  • Extra Lesson small-group support
  • Small-group push-in/pull-out support sessions
  • Breakfast Math in grades 6-8
  • After school small-group tutorial support, paid by parents, considered for students with SSPs in grades 6-8, based on need.

The school will make reasonable efforts to provide accommodations to help students with a learning difference succeed. If the accommodations/modifications cannot fully address the identified needs of a student, the school will convene with the family to discuss alternatives, including other school placements.

For further information contact Judith Kutney, at (415) 931-2750.