Mission & History

Build on the foundation of individual strengths to discover and nurture each student’s version of greatness.

In 1976, San Francisco-based educator Valerie Anthony set out to create a new kind of school for students she knew had enormous talents and strengths, but who were not being served by traditional classrooms or curricula.  Together with her husband Xen, she followed her vision, and Sterne School was born as a literal one-room schoolhouse, in the Sunset District,  
for students aged 7-14.

Over the following several decades, stewarded by a new generation of similarly innovative and inclusive teachers and administrators, Anthony’s original dream gained enormous traction, and evolved to meet the opportunity of an interconnected, technology-supported society.  Today, Sterne serves over 200 students in a vibrant, urban campus, with facilities and programs designed to maximize self-discovery through a diverse, exciting, and supportive educational experience.