Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm of Santa Rosa began in September of 1974. Begun as an initiative of a small group of parents who were convinced that they wanted a Waldorf education for their children, Summerfield opened its doors to eleven children. Some of those founding families are still active in the school's community today. In our second year we were blessed with the arrival from England of Irene Ellis. Bringing with her a wealth of experience in Waldorf education, Irene remained with the school for five years as faculty advisor, establishing and teaching the school's in-house faculty training.
Since June 1978, our school has been accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). We are also accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Click here to see a copy of our latest accreditation self-study.
In 1980, the school purchased a 32-acre horse farm, our current location. From the beginning there was an intention to have a working biodynamic farm as part of the school initiative. Through enthusiastic volunteer efforts, the front house was remodeled into four classrooms in which grades 5-8 were housed.
In 1983, work was completed on road improvements with the construction of a new entrance road and parking lot.
In 1985 the construction of a new classroom building was completed. This was brought about through the dedication and energy of the whole school community. In December of the same year, the College of Teachers was founded with guidance from René Querido, who was then director of Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California, and and Patricia Livingston, chairperson of the pedagogical section in North America.
In the summer of 1987, a third building housing five classrooms and offices was completed. This building enabled us to unite the school on our property at last. A third kindergarten and the pioneer 9th grade high school class were added in 1987. The high school graduated its first senior class in 1991.
In 1993, a site plan for the remainder of the building needs of the school was drawn up and approved by the College and Board. The following year, the school entered a new phase of expansion.
The high school building was completed in the fall of 1995. Construction of our long awaited assembly hall was begun in the summer of 1999, and completed in the fall of 2000. A generous donation also made possible the construction of a track in 1999. In the summer of 2003, the school purchased a six-acre parcel with a home on the south side of the Summerfield campus. We are in the process of determining how the new land and building will be used in our long-range plans for the needs of the campus. A new septic system and campus entrance with additional parking, a high school art-tech building, and a field house are now being planned.
Click here for more information on our long-term site plans.