Tara Redwood School offers an education for the heart and mind. Our philosophy is based on ancient wisdom, modern neuroscience and psychology. Tara Redwood School’s program was founded on the belief that all beings have innate goodness and unlimited potential for development.  Our commitment is to provide education for awakening the wish and confidence for each child to make a positive difference in the world.

Our Values

Santa Cruz Private independent school.

Tara Redwood School has a program founded on these basic values:

1. Insight

To develop a deeper understanding of our unlimited potential awareness of the effects of our actions on oneself, others and the environment.
Insight to understand our emotions in order to exercise the freedom to make skillful, compassionate and helpful choices.

2. Authentic Speech

Speaking words that are helpful, kind, encouraging and complimentary.
Refraining from speaking words with ill intent i.e., divisive speech, lying, gossip, harsh speech, name-calling, belittling, and exclusion.

3. Kindheartedness

Showing respect and compassion for all living beings (creatures great and small).
Taking responsibility for helping others whenever possible.
Being mindful not to harm  others.

4. Generosity

Practicing generosity and sharing our material belongings, our knowledge, our time and resources.
Not taking that which has not been offered or does not belong to you.

5. Tolerance

Practicing patience, respect, acceptance and forgiveness of differences
Not responding with anger, jealousy, pride or resentment


We offer a curriculum with an emphasis on academics and the creative arts.

Our open classroom style allows children to fully explore and pursue their special areas of interest. Tara Redwood School integrates:Nature school best private elementary school and preschool santa cruz county

  • Mindfulness
  • Stimulating mathematics and language curriculum
  • Creative arts
  • Music program
  • Ceramics
  • Life lab studies with access to our own organic  farm and garden
  • Weekly excursions to the forest for wilderness studies
  • Yoga
  • Performing arts
  • Geography
  • Social Studies
  • Coding
  • Environmental Studies

Our Campus

Nestled in 108 acres of sunny, serene redwood forest adjacent to Nisene Marks State Park, Tara Redwood School provides an unparalleled learning environment of peace and beauty for our preschool. We have a second campus  for our elementary grades that is temporarily located in the heart of colorful Soquel Village until the Redwood Campus will host all grades in the coming year.

Ages 2 - 3

Part time/Full Time

7:30am – 5:30pm


Ages 3 - 5

Part time/Full Time

7:30am – 5:30pm


TK - 6th Grade

    Tk-1st grades  |   2nd-6th grades

9:00–2:45  | 8:30–3:00




 Tk – 6th Grades:

Early care and after school care available if needed.

Redwood Campus: 831-462-9632    Village Campus: 831-475-0201


"Some of my earliest and most cherished memories come from my years spent at Tara Redwood. The foundation that I received there was unlike any that I could possibly imagine. At Tara, I was able to flourish, and enhance my capacity and interest for knowledge,spiritual and mental well-being, and ambition. From the environment, to the teachers, to my fellow students I was able to find a home at Tara Redwood a place to grow and learn about life. Most importantly, Tara Redwood has taught me about compassion a characteristic that has been so important to me, and helped me with human connections throughout my life. "

Alex Ivany

Documentary Film Editor for 13th & Skin in the Game.

October 6, 2018

<< Prev
Next >>

Upcoming Events

  1. CCC Parent Class

    October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  2. CCC Parent Class

    October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  3. Conferences – No School

    November 1
  4. CCC Parent Class

    November 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  5. CCC Parent Class

    November 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  6. CCC Parent Class

    November 13 @ 6:00 pm


best elementary and preschool in santa cruz

Tara Redwood Activity Booth at the Water Festival!

water harvest festival tara redwood school

[—sg_popup id=1—]



Tara Redwood School private preschool Santa Cruz.


Tara Redwood School private elementary. Weekly forest trips for environmental studies.

Thematic Curriculum

Tara Redwood School Geography and Environmental studies

Creative Arts

Tara Redwood School music program