Clubs are based on student interest and therefore may vary from year to year. A group of students may form a new club by inviting a faculty member to sponsor it. The following clubs are currently or recently active:
GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
Dungeons & Dragons Club
Speech & Debate (National Forensics League)
W.A.V.E.S. (Waste and Vice Elimination Squad)
Students can participate in all-school drama productions including a fall play, large musical production in the spring, and several smaller productions.
The Student Council plans and organizes the annual holiday food drive, Prom, dances, and other social events throughout the year, as well as advocating with the faculty on behalf of the student body in policy and decision-making processes. Each class elects representatives to this body of student government, and the Student Council itself elects presidents from the senior class. Weekly Student Council meetings are open and all students are welcome to participate.
The Sacramento Waldorf School yearbook is a product of high school student editors and photographers.The yearbook is developed by the senior class as part of their arts track classes.
Summer Enrichment Programs
Through our Student Services office, students can be referred to summer jobs, programs on summer campuses (e.g. Introduction to Engineering at Notre Dame, National Youth Leadership Conference on Medicine, Global Youth Leadership Conference on Law and Diplomacy, photography classes at a local community college, Smith Summer Science and Engineering), community service and travel opportunities in the US and abroad, and volunteer opportunities in local school districts.
Students take several class trips to support the curriculum of their particular grade level. These typically include trips to San Francisco museums, writing in the Marin Headlands, theater performances, and architectural points of interest. Classes may also take community-building trips such as ropes courses, camping trips, community service projects, and retreats. The Senior class closes its high school experience with a longer class trip.
Each senior completes a week-long internship in an area of their choice, typically shadowing a professional or professionals in a field of the student’s particular interest. Internship Week culminates in a presentation of the seniors’ experiences to their fellow high school students. Past internships have included shadowing attorneys, physicians, stockbrokers, and engineers, assisting in a veterinary clinic, beta-testing bamboo bicycles for a start-up firm, storyboarding and film editing, costume design, and many other enriching experiences.
Seniors may design and carry out an individual project based on his or her interest, which includes making a public presentation of that project to the School community. Examples of past projects include rebuilding a car engine, building a boat, painting a series of oil portraits, an in-depth scholarly exploration of cloning, hand crafting fine furniture, writing and illustrating a children’s book, producing a film, designing a clothing line, extensive volunteer work, and long-term internships.
Serving our broader community is an important component of a Sacramento Waldorf School education. We find that performing service work helps broaden our students’ perspectives on social issues and fosters within them a lifelong desire to give back. Students are required to complete 30 hours of community service each school year, carried out in a variety of ways including conducting wetlands mitigation, performing maintenance work, and providing educational support for other students. The High School Student Council organizes an annual holiday food drive supporting a variety of community organizations.
Service work can include volunteering with organizations such as Loaves and Fishes, The Greenhouse, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento Youth Court, Saddle Pals, WEAVE, Habitat for Humanity, the SPCA, and Head Start. Students are strongly encouraged to engage in service with organizations with missions about which students are passionate.