Suncoast Waldorf School had its beginning in the mid eighties when, independently of one another, a few parents and teachers in Pinellas County discovered Waldorf education and came together to begin an initiative for opening a Waldorf school in the Tampa Bay area. This initial group formed a study group to learn about Waldorf, told stories at local libraries and held a few public meetings to educate others about Waldorf. Their work began in earnest in 1991 after a full page and a half story with color pictures about the Waldorf School in Gainesville appeared in the St. Petersburg Times. This well-crafted story brought great attention to our Waldorf Initiative and hundreds of readers responded by calling the contact telephone number. Out of these hundreds of calls, a small core group formed and began a seven-year initiative of festivals, playgroups, lectures, study groups and workshops which eventually led to the opening of the Suncoast Waldorf Kinderhaus on the property of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Clearwater.
The Suncoast Waldorf Association was incorporated in September 1991 and received its 501C3 tax-exempt status in 1994. The original core group of five individuals who came together in 1991 formed the first Board of Trustees.
The school grew from kindergarten to grade 7 at the rented church facilities. Outgrowing this space, the school launched a pledge drive to raise $200,000 from among parents, teachers, and friends in order to qualify for a generous loan from the Rudolf Steiner Foundation. In a matter of weeks the monies were raised and pledged over a three-year period which enabled the school to purchase its beautiful present site on Curlew Road in Palm Harbor.
Suncoast Waldorf School now offers several days of Parent/Child Playgroups, two mixed-age kindergartens and grades one through eight. Through a generous benefactor, a second building was added to the property to house the upper grades.