Grade School

At our school, social-emotional learning is not a separate class but woven into everything we do. In this way, especially in the world today, our education takes a whole child approach towards not only academic learning but also health and well-being. Children are taught through experience to think creatively and to see things from multiple perspectives.

Our Class Teacher model, along with the Main Lesson Block Schedule, are the foundations that make Waldorf education unique. Class Teachers get to know each student through this time together and are able to then best support their strengths as well as the areas they may have more difficulty with. Main Lesson is the first two hours of the day, focused on a specific subject on a block schedule. In each Main Lesson, integrated use of storytelling, vocabulary, and writing exercises as well as art and hands-on learning help to meet all learning styles. 

Explore by grade

A look at the upper grades

Through a unique dual-language program, children develop contrasts in linguistics and culture. Oral language acquisition in  the early grades builds to reading, writing, dictation, and written exploration of grammatical structures. 

Hands of a child kitting

Oberlin College
The Presidio Graduate School

“When I think about my education, I always come back to the knitting. It is a metaphor for building an interconnected web. It uses the hands, but takes focus and intelligence. A meeting of cognitive skill and physical dexterity - it's gotta be good for the brain!" Read more

Olivia Skyaasen stands in front of a Red Cross vehicle during a humanitarian mission.

International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva
London School of Economics and Political Science

"The teachers know you and recognize something in you... the person that you might become.  My teacher identified, correctly and early on, that justice and fairness were essential to me."  Read more


Geometry main lesson, a student illustration.

“When I look at the work of these young people - the exquisite lesson books, the dazzling pastel paintings, the crocheted hats and knitted socks, the museum quality three-legged stools - when I hear their chamber music, catch them rapping, in Mandarin when they think no one is listening... I think, how very talented are every one of their teachers.”

Children draw forms on the chalkboard.

“Children learn to draw these incredibly intricate and beautiful patterns called Form Drawings. The teacher explained that these are a connection to writing, reading, geometry, and so on. It was hard to understand at the time, but now that our child is in high school, we see the impact.”  

Teacher Alyssa Stellar in front of the class during main lesson

“The most spectacular parts of teaching are seeing the children blossom and learning from the rich experiences of my colleagues. I am constantly grateful for their dedication to this movement and our school. They are world-class models of how to educate and prepare children to meet the world.”