"Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm (SWSF) is a community where I feel safe, connected to so many people and other living things, and free to explore and celebrate my imagination. It is a place where learning is fun and challenging, and I wish everyone could feel as I do about school and the future." P, age 14
SWSF was founded in 1974, is a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, tax id #94-2248359.
- As our enrollment grew from 11 students to today's 384 students; our buildings and acreage expanded; we developed a sustainable biodynamic farm, and our reputation as one of Waldorf education's exemplar institutions spread.
- Part of what makes our success meaningful is an ability to sustain and welcome more families and students to our campus.
- Our model works, and the more children and teenagers we serve, the more we change the future for all of us from the inside-out.
- For donors, we are a rare opportunity to strengthen a working model of imaginative education and help replicate it in other settings, including public and private schools.
In the 2010-2011 school year we supported tuition assistance with two live events and an online auction. Farm Dance, Farm to Feast and our auction at biddingforgood.com earned a total of almost $100,000.
2011-12 School-Year Goals and Events
Annual Giving Campaign 2011-2012 is a chance for everyone to show their support of a school and farm that educates and graduates people who change the world. Our goal is $200,000 to support our General Fund.
Farm Dance: A community celebration in October 2011 that raised both funds and spirits.
Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day November 23, 2011: A gathering of family and friends who visit with and celebrate current students--and our enriched general fund.
Alumni Event: Our second annual gathering brought 200 alums to our campus on December 26, 2010 for sharing, supporting and renewing friendships. Join us again this year on December 26!
Perry Hart Scholarship Fund is a legacy scholarship honoring Perry Hart, our longtime biodynamic farmer and guiding spirit who retired in February, 2011. Our goal is to raise $150,000 to support a low-income student from grades one through twelve.
Farm to Feast (Held in May): Welcome to anyone who loves great food harvested on our farm prepared by our world-class chefs, a stimulating program, and music that brings the best of the Wine Country together under the oaks. A benefit for our scholarship fund. Contact farmtofeast(at)summerfieldwaldorforg
Winemakers' Scholarship Fund and an ongoing Scholarship Drive to sustain tuition assistance/economic diversity and increase racial/ethnic diversity. This fund is comprised of 100 wineries and farms who contribute $1000 each yearly to establish a $100,000 scholarship fund for a student whose family has historically worked in agriculture (more information is available in the link).
Culinary Arts building, a gymnasium, library space and books on campus: all part of our future site plans.
We accept pledges, stock, annuities, endowments and automobiles. Contact development(at)summerfieldwaldorforg for assistance and information.
Here is a Sampling of What your Generosity Can Help Accomplish:
$75 Art materials, paper, supplies for one school year
$500 Annual kindergarten fees (performances, farm program)
$1000 Annual grades 6-8 fees (books, registration, art supplies)
$5000 Annual tuition for 3-day week preschooler
$10,000 6-month tuition for high-schooler
$25,000 Farm needs: bio-diesel tractor, livestock, and plantings
$50,000 School-wide lunch program food for one year
We welcome donations of items such as:
School bus and/or minivan
Field work-be a gardener for a day and learn about permaculture
Vacuum cleaners (commercial)
Musical instruments (middle school)
Tented canopy for outdoor events