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What is the school day like?
In Preschool and Kindergarten, each day is balanced between structured activity and open-ended exploration, rest and motion, indoor time and time in nature. Early Childhood Waldorf education and teachers provide a nurturing structure with child development and the natural seasons at its foundation, one that allows a child's capacities to develop naturally within. Students enjoy seasonal songs, movement, storytelling, puppetry, crafts, painting, soup making, bread baking, beeswax modeling, and creative play.
In Grades 1 - 12, each day begins with Main Lesson, a two-hour period of intensive intellectual exploration. It’s a deep dive into a specific subject like Botany, Calculus, or Poetics. Next are classes on a more traditional track that continue all year: Mathematics, World Languages, Music, and Humanities. The afternoon is dedicated to the Arts, Movement, Physical Education, or other academic exploration.
What is the difference?
At SF Waldorf School, everyone practices the arts, plays music, and experiences the natural world through field studies and outdoor exploration. Visit a classroom and you’ll see students strive for more than just the right answer—students who create beautiful, impeccable work and try their hands at everything. Our extraordinary teachers, experts in their fields, are dedicated not only to knowing each student and creating meaningful relationships in an environment where children can flourish but also to personally growing and improving while modeling thoughtful attention and care.
The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art. It must speak to the child's experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind.