SAN FRANCISCO WALDORF SCHOOL

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2938 WASHINGTON ST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115
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Phone: 415-931-2750
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 12th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 9:1
  • Students/Grade: 33.5
  • Number Students: 469
  • Number Teachers: 70
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Heidi Schwartzenbach
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (23 ratings)
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    School Reviews (19 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-08-28
    "My son joined SF Waldorf HS last year in 9th grade after SF public schools K-8th. He wanted (and needed) a small high school with a more intimate interaction with teachers. Parents who may not have necessarily chosen Waldorf in kindergarten should take another look for high school. Waldorf HS has been everything wished for: Teachers are expert in their teaching subject - virtually all have master s degrees or PhDs plus a rigorous Waldorf teacher certification; Project based learning has reinvigorated his love of learning; Art, music and physical education are integral to the curriculum. My son is thriving in this well-rounded and supportive academic setting. The move socially has been wonderful. Waldorf instills a strong sense of community among students. He s made friends easily among his class of 40 (60% of whom are new to SF Waldorf) and loves knowing everyone in the school. He plays varsity sports with boys from all grades something he values. As a parent, I value the Waldorf approach to teen cognitive and emotional development. In summary, my son loves high school, is excited about learning and has wonderful teachers and friends he s a changed young man."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-05-16
    "Our Son attended Waldorf for 5 years after 1 years at a public school. The curriculum at the public school was one dimensional, geared towards tests and scores. Waldorf was the opposite, warm and nurturing, with art and extracurricular activities. As an interim solution it is great. He flourished as a person . We contribute his self esteem to his teacher and the school. However, the school is lacking academics and some teachers are ill equipped to instruct subjects in the 6-8 grades. The school has one methodology; if your child does not respond they are unwilling adjust. Feedback is not welcomed and communication is poor. There are no text books or grades so it impossible to track how your child is performing. 2 parent teacher conferences are scheduled yearly and a hand written school report is provided in the summer. The school report is beautifully handwritten but the focus is the class holistically and how your child is evolving as a person. We are moving our son to a new school in 6th grade. No doubt there will be other issues. However, this move is necessary so that our son can get up to speed academically and receive real help in the areas that he is struggling."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-03-11
    "We were very excited about having our daughter attend Waldorf High School It seemed like a perfect fit for her. My concerns began at the first Parent/Teacher/Administrator get together. When asked about getting progress reports on how our children were doing. We were told that would only occur if they were failing. Try getting into a good college with C s. My next concern was my daughter stating how easy all her classes were. Coming from a student that has always worked hard to achieve good grades this was a concern. Luckily we moved to Marin and enrolled our children in a public school . Having always felt private school was important to get the best education possible, it was quite eye opening to hear from most of her new teachers that our daughter was way behind in the basic s required for college. My daughters fond memories of Waldorf turned into a nightmare for her in the amount of additional work she needed to do to catch up. Other friends who attended Waldorf were forced to spend several thousand dollars to help their children score well on the SATs. Nice school, way below average on teaching and preparing children for college."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-04-19
    "I love the thoughtful teachers and wonderful community. The curriculum is dynamic and meets the children in an age appropriate way."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2009-02-09
    "I moved my daughter to SFWS in 4th grade from a very well respected public school in SF. This was a great move for her for many reasons. She was immediately accepted by her classmates and has found the diversity of classes to challenge her in many ways. She is now in the middle school and looking forward to the Waldorf high school. She is learning 2 languages, science, math - both typical and practical math, reading and writing, music, art and movement. My happy child now sings at home as she is doing her homework. I also felt very welcomed into the school community. I would encourage any parent who wants to give their child not only a great education but also a deep understanding of who they are - check out this school."
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