Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are embraced as a strengthening principle across all areas of the institution. We strive to sustain a community that reflects the great diversity of the Bay Area. We seek to establish an inclusive learning environment in which differences are understood and celebrated. We acknowledge that growth is an ongoing process that calls on the qualities of commitment, cooperation, and respect that are at the heart of our school community.  The work is overseen by the school’s governing bodies and in collaboration with the Multicultural Council. 

Congressman John Lewis addresses the audience, on stage at Calvary Presbyterian Church for a public lecture.

Congressman John Lewis, civil rights leader and author of March. An inspiring public lecture sponsored by the school.

Children and teachers walk together down a path near Escuela Raices.

"Move on, cross borders, cross barriers, renew yourself, and try again. In response to my deeply seeded urge to create something for people, through justice and love and toward community, destiny found me." Read more

"Of all subjects, the combination of geography and history perhaps lends itself best to awakening a feeling of social responsibility. By that I mean the awareness of and consideration for other people. In 4th grade, we studied the immigrant journey of Biddy Mason from Mississippi in the 1830's to California, where she could live without fear of enslavement. The students also read stories of Black pioneers and mountain men, in the series Reflections of a Black Cowboy, which included a story of Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, who founded the city of Eschikagou (Chicago) as a trading post, together with his wife Kitihawa, a member of the Potawatomi. We will revisit some of these biographies as we study the Geography and History of the North American continent next year. We also read the book, The Iron Dragon Never Sleeps, which told the story of Lee Cheng, a worker for the Central Pacific Railroad. The children lived into the dynamics of his friendship with the kind daughter of an engineer, as well as the unfair treatment of Chinese workers on part of the railroad company."

Each Upper Grades Mandarin class performed a different style of Chinese ethnic dance for their younger classmates. Led by Ms. Evelyn Liu (Liu laoshi), the choreographer for SF Asian Chorus Performing group and Fang Bing (Fang laoshi) in 2019.

"My students and I feel connected to the idea of rights and honoring those who fight for them, on whatever level they are able. Who is spreading light in the world? Whose heroic deeds have helped others toward freedom?"

Student portrait of Maya Angelou 

"I’ve seen firsthand the life-changing impact that the Kitch Scholarship has had on our SMART Scholars and their families. The generous funds have enabled hardworking students from low-income families to thrive in Waldorf High School’s rigorous and nurturing environment."

Endowed Funds and Tuition Support

The school is committed expanding socioeconomic and racial diversity of our student population. Over 40 percent of our families receive tuition assistance, and we offer additional grants to underrepresented communities without regard to financial need

Kitch Scholars
Established in 2006 with the visionary leadership philanthropic gift of over $1 million from a Waldorf family. The program funds two full scholarships annually to promising high school students from under-served communities. 
Diane David Fund for Tuition Assistance

In honor of Diane David, longtime early childhood educator, parent, and advocate for socioeconomic diversity, to support the Tuition Assistance program. Est. 2015.

Kimball Fund for Equity and Inclusion
Expands diversity through partial tuition scholarships for families from underrepresented communities.  For families from nursery through high school.”

“We stand alongside our fellow human beings. We are equal in our right to access education, and in particular Waldorf education. We listen to each other and work in solidarity. And we cede leadership to communities who are directly affected by a problem we are trying to address. Our school is committed to these goals. We know it can be uncomfortable at times, and that it takes training and growth, but the school has put in a lot of striving to this end, and we are not stopping.”

Madhulika Chambers, Spring Night 2019
Board of Trustees