Our History


Yama Yeshe

Tara Redwood School traces its history back to March, 1989, when it began as Tara Daycare. Inspired by her teacher, Lama Yeshe, Pam Cayton, the founder of the school, was motivated by a desire to help initiate an education program that not only prepared children academically, but also emotionally and spiritually. This program is known as Universal Education.

The Tara Daycare opened its doors at the Land of Medicine Buddha in the redwoods of the Soquel foothills. The daycare soon became a full-fledged preschool. After the earthquake in October, 1989, the preschool moved to Pam’s home nearby, where it remained for the next eleven years.

In 1996, a Montessori based program for kindergarten and first grade began back at the Land of Medicine Buddha. This was a natural continuation of the preschool. By 1997, the school was serving children through the third grade.

In 1997, development of the playground began. Nestled in the redwoods by a gurgling creek, this magical spot is now comprised of a soccer field, a basketball court, a series of wonderful wooden climbing and play structures, and various other play areas.

In August, 2000, the preschool moved from Pam’s home to a converted house at the Land of Medicine Buddha, adjacent to the kindergarten and elementary classrooms. The school came full circle, back to the place of its origin.

Pam Cayton

Pam Cayton

in 2012 Tara added a campus in Soquel Village. This campus houses our k-5 classes, and the Wisdom Way After school Program.

Tara Redwood School has evolved into a wonderful community of children, teachers and parents.

School Hours

8:30am – 3:00pm
Village Campus
8:30am – 3:00pm
Preschool until 5:30pm
Elementary until 5:30pm

Preschool School Calendar
2017 – 2018

Elementary School Calendar
2017 – 2018

2017 -2018 Elementary School Calendar

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