SFWS History

Washington Street CampusIn September 1979, San Francisco Waldorf School Association inaugurated the school under the pedagogical direction of R. Monique Grund. San Francisco Waldorf School’s kindergarten began with a founding group of eighteen parents and grew quickly into our present offering of parenting classes, a nursery program, three kindergartens, grades one through twelve - and over four hundred children.

In August 1980, San Francisco Waldorf School moved to its present grade school location at 2938 Washington Street. In 1989, SFWS inaugurated the use of the new classroom building, Main Hall, and Eurythmy Hall, all constructed to meet our growing school’s needs.

Before 1997, SFWS graduated a number of eighth grade students who went on to an array of select local public and private high schools. Since the opening of San Francisco Waldorf High School in the fall of 1997, most of our grade school students have chosen to continue through 12th grade. They have been joined by students from other regional schools. Most of our graduates have gone on to well-known colleges and universities for both undergraduate and graduate work.

San Francisco Waldorf High School began at the Fort Mason Center and graduated its first class in June 2001. After ten years of renting, SFWHS purchased 470 West Portal Avenue, and its doors were opened in September 2007. The facilities include nine classrooms, three state-of-the-art science labs, two dedicated art studios, and a library media center.  SFWHS is the first "green" high school in San Francisco and received it's Gold LEED certification in 2011.