FAQs

Admission: Nursery - Grade 8

How much is tuition?

Our tuition is different for Nursery, Kindergarten, Early Grades, and Upper Grades. Over 40 percent of families receive tuition assistance. We strive to help families afford this extraordinary education regardless of financial considerations. Education is an investment in your child’s future, and we are here to talk about scenarios. Visit our Tuition and Assistance page or call.

What is the application process?

It’s a step-by-step process with some unique elements depending on the age of the prospective student. After setting up an account through our portal you will take a parent tour, attend an open house, and set up a student visit. The application for Admission is due by the January deadline. Decisions are shared in March. 

Do you accept transfer students?

We welcome a limited number of transfer students depending on the space available in a class and the fit of the applicant. Contact the Admission Office to discuss.

Where do students attend high school?

The majority of students attend San Francisco Waldorf High School to continue their extraordinary educational experience, and others attend public, independent, and boarding schools in the City and around the country such as:

The Bay School of San Francisco
Drew School
Cate School (Carpinteria, CA)
Convent of the Sacred Heart High School
Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, MA)
International High School
Jewish Community High School
Lick-Wilmerding High School
Lowell High School
Marin Academy
Punahou School (Honolulu, HI)
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts
Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
Saint Ignatius College Preparatory
San Domenico School
San Francisco University High School
The Thacher School (Ojai, CA)
The Urban School of San Francisco
Woodside Priory School

What is your availability and how does the wait pool work?

We try to accommodate as many qualified students as possible and understand that being in a wait pool can be challenging. We don’t have a ranked list; we consider each student and each class individually, and stay in touch through the entire process. A note about availability: 

  • 3 nursery classes of 8 to 16 children.
  • 3 kindergarten classrooms of 18 to 25 students.
  • Each class is mixed-age, i.e. consisting of younger and older children and available space varies. 

Do you offer an after school program?

We offer an After Care (Nursery) and After School (Kindergarten through 5th grade) program. The programs provide children with wholesome snacks and harmonious days balanced with age-appropriate activities and rest. Both programs run until 5 pm with earlier pick up times available.  Costs are roughly $11 - $13/hour.

Admission: High School

How much is tuition?

Our tuition is $41,700 and approximately 40 percent of families receive tuition assistance. We strive to help families afford this extraordinary education regardless of financial considerations. Education is an investment in your child’s future and we are here to talk about scenarios. Visit our Affordable Tuition page or call.

What is the application process?

It’s a step-by-step process that begins by exploring the school.  After setting up an account through our Admission Portal, you will take a parent tour, attend an open house, and set up a student visit. The application for Admission is due by the January deadline. Decisions are shared in March.

What are you looking for in an applicant? 

Our students are bright, engaged and curious. They are interested in exploring many subjects and trying their hands at many things. They thrive in small seminar-style classes and want to connect with their teachers and classmates. If this sounds like a place you want to learn, we encourage you to explore, connect, and apply.

What middle schools did your students attend?

About half of each class comes from San Francisco Waldorf's grade school and half comes from independent, public, parochial, and international middle schools from across the Bay Area and around the world.

Do you accept transfer students?

Yes. Please contact Admission Director Renita LiVolsi for more information about the process.

Do you accept international students?

Yes. Please visit this page for information.

Where do your graduates attend college?

Students attend colleges across the country and around the world, including selective universities (e.g., Yale, Stanford), small liberal arts colleges (e.g., Amherst, Bowdoin), excellent public universities (e.g., UC Berkeley, UCLA), and renowned art design schools (e.g., Pratt, Savannah College of Art and Design). Visit our college counseling page for more info.

How does the wait pool work?

We try to accommodate as many qualified students as possible and understand that being in a wait pool can be challenging. We don’t have a ranked list; we consider each student and each class individually and stay in touch through the entire process.

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