About SWS

Bringing a Love of Learning

Sacramento Waldorf School provides more than just education to the children in Kindergarten through 12th grade who enroll here. Our 22-acre Fair Oaks campus provides a safe place to discover the self, build courage to communicate articulately and confidently, and develop a true love of learning that carries students through life with wonder and curiosity.

Established in 1959, Sacramento Waldorf School is one of the oldest and largest Waldorf schools in North America and the only AWSNA-accredited high school locally, with a rich tradition of deep learning and connection to the environment, on a beautiful campus bordering the American River that includes a 3.5-acre farm embedded in the curriculum.

Arts interwoven with STEM subjects plus strong global learning.

Sacramento Waldorf School-Arts interwoven with STEM subjects plus strong global learning.

Sacramento Waldorf School fully integrates the arts with STEM academics for a full, rich curriculum. Specialty subjects include handwork, blacksmithing, biodynamic farming and more. The Kindergarten has its own intimate space with a dedicated, age-appropriate playground and two nurturing classrooms. The Lower School is housed in a lingering trail of classroom buildings bathed in sunlight.

Emphasis on building a love of learning and true self-confidence in every subject.

Seeking to develop creative and critical thinking skills, Sacramento Waldorf School inspires a love of learning and curiosity, builds confidence, and encourages questioning and exploration. Though we are not a religious school, we acknowledge, value, and respect that growth and development are more than merely physical in every child on our campus. The school is also known for its vibrant, inclusive athletics programs.

Faculty place a core emphasis on the journey of learning, framing academic pursuits within a natural curiosity for exploration. With a dynamic approach to student assessment, teachers value effort as well as outcome. Sacramento Waldorf School students feel comfortable being who they are. Teachers pay close attention to the emotional and academic needs of every student, and youth learn to enter the world with integrity.

Versatile, caring faculty, provides support, guidance and focus on student well-being.

All high school core curriculum classes are UC-accredited. Sacramento Waldorf School curates an inherent curiosity, preparing students for the next step in their lives – whether that becomes a university education or another pursuit.

Students say they feel known, accepted, and validated at Sacramento Waldorf School. They feel like they matter. They believe they have purpose. Sacramento Waldorf students look forward to attending class to engage with teachers and discover all that they can accomplish. In an era of disconnection and distance, we provide a place to become who you are meant to be and discover the unique skills, talents, and passions that you can contribute to the world. We educate students to enter adulthood with a desire for making a difference – and the knowledge and confidence to make it happen.

Sacramento Waldorf School Unique Value Proposition

  • Versatile, caring faculty, many with PhDs, provide support, guidance and focus on student well-being.
  • A close, friendly community where every child is known, seen, and heard.
  • A student population that supports one another, rather than competes.
  • Hands-on, developmentally-appropriate curriculum that includes a biodynamic farm, music, arts and drama.
  • Successful, celebrated athletic program that is open to every student.
  • Emphasis on building a love of learning and true self-confidence in every subject.
  • Arts interwoven with STEM subjects plus strong global learning.
  • Social renewal movement education inspires students to identify problems and work to fix them.
  • Performing opportunities for all ages and specialty subjects including handwork, blacksmithing and woodworking.

Mission

We accomplish our mission by recognizing each student as a unique individual with body, soul, and spirit. We offer an academic, artistic, and experiential education based on the insights and pedagogy of Rudolf Steiner, which is a holistic approach that meets the needs of the developing child. By holding a reverence for the path of each individual, we cultivate a dynamic culture of community and life-long learning.

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History

Founded in 1959, Sacramento Waldorf School began as a home-based kindergarten with just two children. It quickly outgrew its early home, moving first to a rented church hall, then to a house and garden provided almost free of charge by a parent. Growth continued and the school graduated its first eighth grade in 1967. In 1971, the school moved to its present location, establishing a 3 1/2 acre mixed use farm as a first step in its relocation. The Farm continues to thrive, a statement of the school’s commitment to its natural surroundings. The campus has been continuously developed as enrollment has increased.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Sacramento Waldorf school is committed to being a safe place for people of diverse backgrounds to be both welcomed and appreciated. Our community strives to bring students the experience of individuality, shared humanity, and equality to all of the world’s people–transcending stereotypes, prejudices, and divisive barriers.

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School Leadership

Sacramento Waldorf School is a 501(c)3 non-profit pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade independent school supported by a threefold governance model consisting of a Board of Trustees, College of Teachers, and Administration. These three governing entities work collaboratively to support our unique and comprehensive Waldorf education.

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Governance Structure

Learn about the governance structures here at Sacramento Waldorf School.

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Faculty & Staff

Sacramento Waldorf School is a 501(c)3 non-profit pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade independent school supported by a threefold governance model consisting of a Board of Trustees, College of Teachers, and Administration. These three governing entities work collaboratively to support our unique and comprehensive Waldorf education.

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Student Excellence

Waldorf Education fosters a questioning and striving intellect, as well as a life-long love of learning. The Sacramento Waldorf School offers a rigorous academic and art infused curriculum designed to educate the entire human being; mind, body, and heart. Graduates consistently demonstrate a high level of active engagement and achievement in their post-secondary programs of study.

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Our Campus

We make full use of our spectacular 22-acre campus overlooking the American River. Children in all grades have many opportunities for year-round outdoor activities through the curriculum, their daily play times, and an extensive range of sports and extra-curricular activities. This beautiful setting provides a nurturing educational environment including a working farm, expansive playing fields, art studios, theater, gymnasium, science labs, multi-media rooms, and a math complex. 

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What Is Waldorf?

Waldorf schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous approach to education. They integrate the arts in all academic disciplines for children from preschool through twelfth grade to enhance and enrich learning. Waldorf Education aims to inspire life-long learning in all students and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities.

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Employment Opportunities

Sacramento Waldorf High School

Sacramento Waldorf School is a K - 12 Waldorf School with a Parent-Child program as well. Look at our job openings. We look for Waldorf Trained teachers.

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