Case for Support
San Francisco Waldorf School has grown from a single kindergarten classroom into a thriving three-campus school, a pioneer among U.S. Waldorf schools. We are now at the next exciting juncture, poised to break ground on the Center for Athletics and Community located at our high school campus. This facility will serve our entire community as a gymnasium, performance venue, classroom, and all-school meeting space.A Home Court Advantage. The Center is the long-term solution to our indoor athletic space demands. We will no longer be solely dependent on rental and lease of outside gyms for high school indoor sports and will use the facility for high school athletics, grade school home games, and alumni and community open gym.
More than a Gym. The Center will be a hub for the SFWS community, bringing us together for athletics, performances, lectures, and community gatherings such as Town Hall, Back-To-School night, and graduation.
A Showcase Facility. SFWS competes for prospective students with neighboring independent high schools, most of which have a gym on or near their campuses. As we celebrate twenty years as a high school, we have the opportunity to build our own showcase facility.
Increased Public Awareness. The Center will bring more families to our campus for high school events, middle school (CYO) home games, and community events such as the citywide Parent Coalition educational forums. The living wall on the public face of the building will be an expression of our ethic of sustainability to the West Portal neighborhood and the city beyond.
Continued Academic Growth. Our high school program is thriving and our classrooms are near capacity. The new facility will include an academic classroom and kitchen, giving us the space to expand our academic program as enrollment grows.
A Prudent Investment. The school will no longer need to spend resources on rental and lease of outside facilities, a significant saving for the school. Instead, the new facility has the potential to generate income for the school from rental to outside entities. The overall financing strategy is to fully pay for construction through donations and savings from bond refinance before the next financing adjustment in 2023, foregoing any need to incur long term debt.
A Leader in Sustainability. Our school was the first in the Bay Area to be awarded LEED-Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This project builds on our commitment to sustainability and a green campus; features include a living wall, fog and rain capture into a large cistern, and creation of a zero net energy campus through solar, natural light, and high efficiency systems.
For more information, please contact Mitch Mitchell or any member of the Leadership Committee.
Mitch Mitchell, Advancement Director