Waldorf on the map
San Francisco Waldorf School has grown from a single kindergarten classroom into a thriving three-campus school, a pioneer among U.S. Waldorf schools. We are now at an exciting juncture: nearing completion of the Bushnell Center for Athletics and Community and close to closing the largest capital campaign in school history. This showcase facility will serve as a gymnasium, performance venue, classroom, and meeting space for our entire community.
A Home Court Advantage
The Center is the long-term solution to our indoor athletic space demands. We will no longer be solely dependent on rental and lease of outside gyms for high school indoor sports and will use the facility for high school athletics, grade school home games, and alumni and community open gym.
More than a Gym
The Center will be a hub for the SFWS community, bringing us together for athletics, performances, lectures, and community gatherings such as Town Hall, Back-To-School night, and graduation.
A Showcase Facility
SFWS competes for prospective students with neighboring independent high schools, most of which have a gym on or near their campuses. As we celebrate twenty years as a high school, we have the opportunity to build our own showcase facility.
Increased Public Awareness
The Center will bring more families to our campus for high school events, middle school (CYO) home games, and community events such as the citywide Parent Coalition educational forums. The living wall on the public face of the building will be an expression of our ethic of sustainability to the West Portal neighborhood and the city beyond.
Continued Academic Growth
Our high school program is thriving and our classrooms are near capacity. The new facility will include an academic classroom and kitchen, giving us the space to expand our academic program as enrollment grows.
A Prudent Investment
The school will no longer need to spend resources on rental and lease of outside facilities, a significant saving for the school. Instead, the new facility has the potential to generate income for the school from rental to outside entities. The overall financing strategy is to fully pay for construction through donations and savings from bond refinance before the next financing adjustment in 2023, foregoing any need to incur long term debt.
A Leader in Sustainability
Our school was the first in the Bay Area to be awarded LEED-Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This project builds on our commitment to sustainability and a green campus; features include a living wall, fog and rain capture into a large cistern, and creation of a zero net energy campus through solar, natural light, and high efficiency systems.
- How will the Center be utilized for non-sport activities?
- How will the Center be utilized for sport?
- How should I think about giving to the Home Court Campaign versus annual Community Fund?
- Why build the Center for Athletics and Community instead of building at the Grade School?
- Will the Center be available to use for grade school students and parents?
- What is the financial case for the Center?
- What is the actual cost of the Center for Athletics and Community?
- How much has the Home Court Campaign raised so far?
- How is the project funded?
- How are donors recognized? Are there naming opportunities?
- Will the Center for Athletics and Community increase costs for the school?
- What is the project timeline?
- How much additional space is created?
- What is a multi-year pledge?
- What are company matching programs?
- Are contributions tax deductible?
- Is participation required?