High School News

35th Anniversary Party - Celebrating Monique Grund
In honor of Monique and her service to our school, we are  of Waldorf Education in San Francisco! SAVE THE DATE Saturday, October 18, 2014 11am - 4pm Location TBDSan Francisco, CA Monique Grund has been an inspirational leader for our community since the founding of our school thirty-five years ago. Please help us celebrate her retirement and the incredible community that she has fostered over the years. Read More

Bonnie Gale - Wednesday, October 22, 7pm
The Potential of Living Willow Structures in the Landscape(and the international movement for living buildings)sponsored by the Outdoor Classroom Committee  Wednesday, October 22, 7pmGrade School Campus Free to the community  Living willow structures (such as gazebos, tunnels, outdoor living rooms) have so much potential in the landscape. Structures are made from long, live (up to 12 feet) willow rods which are pushed into the ground and then woven. These rods then self root... Read More

3rd Annual SF Waldorf Golf Benefit
Sunday, November 2, 2014 TPC Harding Park Golf Course 99 Harding RoadSan Francisco, CA 94132(entrance off Skyline Blvd, near Lake Merced) Cost: Sliding scale, $150 - 300 Click here to register. Schedule of the Day 9:30am Registration11:00am Shotgun Scramble Format4:00pm Awards Ceremony at Lake Merced Boathouse Prizes awarded for Men's and Women's Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Hole-in-Ones. Prizes include brand new cars, rounds of golf, wine, beer, dinners, plane tickets, electronics,... Read More

"March" with Congressman John Lewis, 9/20, 2pm
The San Francisco Waldorf High School Lecture Series presents: "A Champion for Civil Rights on the Continuing March for Equality" with Congressman John Lewis of Georgia and Andrew Aydin, Congressional Aidemoderated by Adam Hochschild, UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism  Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2 PMCalvary Presbyterian Church2515 Fillmore StreetSan Francisco Congressman John Lewis of Georgia is an American icon, one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement.  His... Read More

Nick Neumann (SFWS 2008), Documentary Filmmaker
With a duffel bag of camera equipment and a one-way ticket to Rio de Janeiro, budding documentary filmmaker Nick Neumann (SFWS 2008) and two travel companions will “embark on an epic journey around the world” in June called “Breaking Borders”. Part film project and part travel adventure, the team will chronicle the trip for their webtv series, and explore social, political, and human interest story ideas along the way.  Nick is joined by photographer and fellow alum Walker Dawson (SFWS... Read More

Waldorf Athletics: A Personal Perspective from Josh Allain, Assistant Athletics Director
I arrived at San Francisco Waldorf High School as the Head Baseball Coach in 2011, overjoyed by the opportunity and the positive school atmosphere. I had no idea that becoming a part of this beautiful community would change the course of my life forever and help to shape my philosophy towards athletics and child development as a whole. Growing up as the son of a coach, I looked at athletics from multiple viewpoints. The discussions my father and I would have on our way home from practice and... Read More

Moving with Purpose: Physical Education at the High School
~ Kim Hopper with John Jackson, HS Math and PE Faculty Like other subjects at the high school, the physical education/movement program works to support students’ growth and development and deepen their understanding of themselves and their place in the world. It’s an integrated approach in which the value of movement goes well beyond our culture’s emphasis on exercise. Of course, exercise and fresh air are an essential part of the school day, and our students get plenty of these. Through... Read More

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

'As You Like It' - Senior Class play
The Senior Class of 2014 invites youto an evening of dinner, cabaret,and a film rendition of Shakespeare's classic comedy Friday, May 30 & Saturday, May 31, 6:30-9:00pm Where: San Francisco Waldorf High School470 West Portal Avenue Buy tickets online or at the high school front desk. Dinner & Show: $20.00 adults/$15 student in advance(dinner included) Please reserve your ticket, as seating is limited.Please note that this is a film screening and recommended for... 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

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

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

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

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

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