The Waldorf School of the Finger Lakes formally began in the 1982-83 school year. Ann Smith, an experienced Waldorf teacher from England guided the school into existence. The first classes were held in the old West Hill school building. During the second year,
the WSOFL moved to a wing of the Community Services Building, and a first grade class was added to the 2-3 and 4-5 classes and kindergarten. In 1984-85 the school moved to more spacious quarters in a public school building in the Danby area. The school added grades over the years. In 1989, the school graduated its first class of eighth
grade students and received its charter by New York State.