History of the School

The inspiration for San Francisco Waldorf came in 1978 when a small group of parents and friends envisioned a local school based on Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy and modeled after Waldorf schools around the world.

A year later, Monique Grund, founding teacher and pedagogical director, welcomed the first kindergarteners into her class. The school soon settled at its present grade school location in the quiet residential neighborhood of Pacific Heights. The school added a nursery program a few blocks from the grade school. The Parent-Child Program found its home nearby at the historic Arts and Crafts Parish House of the Swedenborgian Church.

The community realized its plans for a high school in 1997 and, a decade later, purchased its permanent property on West Portal Avenue, near Stern Grove. The state-of-the art school is the first in San Francisco to be awarded the prestigious LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

San Francisco Waldorf School enrolls more than 450 students from across the Bay Area and around the world, making it the largest Waldorf school in North America. The school celebrated its 35th anniversary in the 2014-15 school year.

First kindergarten class, 1979