High School News

Senior Project Festival, March 22
Dedicated to our teachers: When the senior class was faced with choosing a Project, we all felt a little bit overwhelmed. We saw the fantastic work that had been done by past students and most of us did not feel like we could live up to the standards they set. This school does not set us up to fail, though.Over the years, and especially in high school, Waldorf students are exposed to an astounding variety of subjects and interests. Our passionate teachers ensure that we are able to... 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

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

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

David Sobel: Whole Person Education - March 31, 7pm
Eurythmy Room, High School Campus Free to the community Somewhere along the way, much of environmental education lost its magic, its “wildly, gladly rejoicing together.” Instead, it’s become didactic and staid, restrictive and rule bound. A creeping focus on cognition and often fear has replaced the goal of exhilaration that once motivated educators to take children and older students outside. Educational philosophies that value immersion and play in nature offer another option for... 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

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

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

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

Making a Case for an Endowment
In today’s ever-changing economic environment, the fiscal health of any organization has never been more important. Many in our community understand the critical role of Annual Fund and fundraising events to provide income that ensures the quality of our educational programs and daily operations.  While these provide funding for SFWS on a yearly basis, there is a significant need to ensure the long-term financial stability of the school. This source is called an endowment. Gifts to an... Read More

HS Sponsored Clothing Drive for St. Anthony SF
Jan. 21 - March 21  The HS' Students for Social Justice club are sponsoring a Clothing Drive for the St. Anthony's Foundation San Francisco from Tuesday, Jan. 21st through Friday, March 21st at the high school.  St. Anthony's has the largest free clothing program in S.F.  The program provides free like-new clothing to 29,000 men, women and children each year at its Mission street location and at the St. Anthony's Dining Room in the Tenderloin.   Items needed-... Read More

SF Waldorf High School Literary Reading with Live Music & Songs
at The Booksmith  - Friday, January 31st, 5:00 PM Come and celebrate the upcoming Winter 2014 release of Portal, the SF Waldorf High School's bi-annual literary magazine, on Friday, Jan. 31st at  5:00  pm at The Booksmith bookstore located at 1644 Haight Street. Join us for an evening of poetry, prose, and live music featuring student writers Arianna Adabachi, Nehemiah Aldrich, Marie Calhoun, Jules Christeson,  Sahara Ndiaye, Jeremy Engels, Haley Grey,... Read More

Announcing Dr. Caleb Buckley as Administrative Director
Dear Parents and Friends of SFWS,I am pleased to announce that the San Francisco Waldorf School Board of Trustees, in collaboration with the College of Teachers, has appointed Dr. Caleb Buckley as Administrative Director. For the past 10 years, Caleb has served as the Director of the Yuba River Charter School, a Waldorf-inspired school in Nevada City, CA. Dr. Buckley also co-founded, and was a history teacher at the Austin Waldorf High School in Austin, TX, where he served as a member of the... Read More

Waldorf and College: Interview with Andre Amarotico (Class of 2012)
by a 10th Grade Parent As our 10th grader begins thinking a bit about college, including the possibility of choosing a competitive university, I began to wonder what it would actually be like for her to attend one coming from a Waldorf education. I’ve enjoyed reading various alumni interviews that touched on life in college and beyond, so when I ran into 2012 SFWHS grad Andre Amarotico I asked if he would share his impressions after his freshman year at Stanford. He graciously agreed. After... Read More

Teaching Thinking to the Tenth Grade: A Mini Play
Golden Gate Park on a beautiful autumn Sunday afternoon.  Two teachers from the Waldorf High School pass each other.  Dr. Burket is holding a bunch of papers, while Mr. Wong clutches a round dish-shaped object. Wong: Well, hello there Dr. Burket, nice to see you out of doors in this fine weather. Burket: Good day to you, Mr. Wong. Yes, it's a relief, though I sense that things might be changing soon. W: Strange how things suddenly change, though in this town it seems there's always an... Read More

In Sun Light and In Soul Light
Eurythmy Performance for 2014 by the San Francisco Youth Eurythmy Troupe Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:00 pmWednesday, January 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm Kanbar Hall, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street Tickets: BrownPaperTickets.com and San Francisco Waldorf Grade/High School officesadults $20 advance/$25 doorchildren $12 advance/$15 door Program previews the Troupe’s tour to Taiwan, February 13-22, 2014 From exercises in coordination and harmonious movement in the... Read More

Holiday Lunch 2013
The holidays are upon us and that means our annual high school HOLIDAY LUNCH will be here soon! Thank you, dear parents, for your support of our seasonal celebration for faculty, staff and students, a high school tradition of many years. We ask parents to help host the event and provide a choice of desserts. On Thursday, December 19 at about 1pm (following the11am presentation of the Shepherds’ Play at the SF Waldorf Grade School), faculty and students will return... Read More

All School Skating Party
Monday, December 16, 2013 6:00 - 7:30 pm  Embarcadero Skating Rink  Free for SFWS Community A gift to the community from SFWS Dads  Read More

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