High School

High School Update

Please read an important update about our High School program below.

Closing Seattle Waldorf High School

It is with a heavy heart that we are sharing the news that our beloved high school campus and program will be closing at the end of the 2023-24 school year. This was not a decision that our Board of Trustees took lightly, nor one that was arrived at easily. A programmatic change such as this takes deep introspection, research, and reflection.

Last August, the board made the decision to not renew our lease at the Magnuson location and we are thankful to a dedicated group of parents, teachers, and administrators who worked to envision what could come next for our high school program. Unfortunately, with low enrollment, it was not feasible to continue on, and the board came to the difficult decision to close the high school.

We want to make sure we honor the legacy of the high school, which began 25 years ago as Hazel Wolf High School, an independent endeavor founded by SWS families with a vision for Waldorf education through grade 12. In 2008, Hazel Wolf merged with SWS and our school became the first PreK-12 Waldorf School in Washington state. Originally located downtown on the campus of Sacred Heart Church near the Seattle Center, the high school then moved in 2014 to the current Magnuson Park location.

This June, SWS will graduate our 16th class of seniors. We are immensely proud of the hundreds of graduates from Hazel Wolf and SWS who bring their joy, courage, and love to schools, organizations, and communities around the world. They are the legacy that will continue even as we bring the 25-year endeavor of this high school to a close.

This is a moment of grieving for our immediate and extended community, and for Waldorf education. Our high school has been a beacon for many over the years, not just in Seattle, but in the greater metro area, with many of our graduates traveling far distances to attend our school. 

We hope you will join us in honoring the legacy of our high school program by sharing your stories with us and joining us for a community celebration on the last day of school, June 14 at 12:00 p.m. in Magnuson Park. All current and former SWS community members, alumni, family, and friends are invited to this celebration. Stay tuned for more information in the spring.

Ways to be Involved

Share your stories about Hazel Wolf and Seattle Waldorf High School, or forward a video message of your favorite memory from high school.

Keep us informed of where you are, what path you have taken, and what you enjoyed about your education.

Seattle Waldorf High School Experience