Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to some commonly asked questions, please pick an area of interest below. For other questions, please contact the Admission Office.


What is the application process?

Our primary points of student entry are the nursery, kindergarten, and grade nine. We offer rolling admissions in other grades as space permits. Our parent-child classes offer tots and their caregivers weekly classes for 10-week sessions.

May children attend school tours or open houses?

We cannot accommodate children at our Admission Events unless otherwise specified.

Can students transfer mid-year? Can you accommodate short-term placements?

Each situation is handled individually, depending on family and school circumstances. Please contact the Admission Office.

How does the wait pool work?

We employ a wait pool for one enrollment cycle. The Admission Office will contact you if a spot becomes available.

Applicants must re-apply for the following year if they would like to be considered for a future academic year.


Tuition and Assistance

What does it cost to attend the school?


Tuition (2019-2020)

Early Childhood    
Nursery (Preschool) 3-Day $12,360
  5-Day $20,600
Kindergarten   $26,900


Grade School    
Grades 1-4   $28,200
Grades 5-8   $29,700


High School    
Grades 9-12   $41,700


Tuition is comprehensive, covering the cost of field trips, textbooks, Athletic Program (Grades 6-12), student accident insurance, and Grade School Parent Guild (Nursery-Grade 8) or High School Parent Council membership. There are charges for late tuition payments. Tuition for 2020-21 will be determined by February 2020.

Do you offer financial assistance? How does it work?

Financial Philosophy

As an independent school, we rely on tuition income and philanthropic support to meet our annual expenses. We work to keep expenses as low as possible without compromising the quality of our educational program.

San Francisco Waldorf School adheres to the principle that economic and financial considerations should not solely determine who can or cannot attend the school.

We strive to help families afford this exceptional education regardless of financial considerations.We are committed to serving students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and we seek families who are committed to Waldorf education for their children.

ATP grants are made for the school year to candidates in kindergarten to 12th grade (Nursery not eligible); a new application is required each year since family circumstances and the available funding may change.

For more information, please visit Affording SFWS.

Educational Approach

What is Waldorf education?

Waldorf is a dynamic educational model that is thriving at more than 1,000 independently run schools worldwide. The balanced curriculum engages students at each stage of their development. To learn more, please explore our website and submit an inquiry for even more information.

What is the school's policy on media and technology?

Questions about Waldorf education and media are common. Please visit Media Mindfulness for information about our approach.

How is the school different from other independent schools?

The school will be celebrating 40 years of providing Waldorf education to students across the Bay Area. The curriculum is designed to engage students at their stage of development. The arts, movement, and the outdoors are integrated throughout the curriculum. Teachers have internationally recognized training and the school uses a multi-year teaching approach in the grade school that supports student learning.


Is Waldorf education religious in nature?

We are an independent school with no religious affiliation. The school promotes a broad and humanistic worldview, and recognizes that students have intellectual, emotional, and spiritual inclinations and questions.


What is the school community like? How does the school address issues of diversity and inclusion?

We are a diverse and engaged group of people who share a common interest in San Francisco Waldorf school and Waldorf education. We strive to sustain a community that reflects the great diversity of the Bay Area. Please visit our page on Diversity and Inclusion for more information.

Admission Office
Serving Nursery through Grade 8

Jessica Eicher 
Admission Director


Contact Information



Admission Dates

Preschool Preview Night
San Francisco County Fair Building (Golden Gate Park)
Nursery - Grade 4 Tour
Grade School
Middle School (Grades 5-8) Tour
Grade School
Nursery - Grade 4 Tour
Grade School
Nursery - Grade 4 Tour
Grade School