Have you heard? Thanks to Tara Redwood School's educator Namasya Carpenter's knowledge of  the outdoors, she and her class were able to recognize that during their search for wood for a class project turned out to be not a piece of wood but something else, something truly amazing. Their discovery evolved into a great paleontology surprise that made the State news! Learn more about it here.


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.


Tara Redwood School uses a global curriculum with its original framework known as the 7 Steps to Knowledge, Strength and Compassion developed over a period of  nearly 35 years.

The school’s program is a blend of Montessori and Creating Compassionate Cultures (CCC) methodologies. Our mission is to engage children to develop strong academic foundations, emotional intelligence and core values. We believe that daily outdoor immersion, the arts and hands on environmental studies are also an important integral part of a child’s early development.  Our CCC program provides an education for the heart and mind with unique social emotional components that nurture children’s innate positive qualities while empowering them to make a positive impact on the world through their thoughts and actions.

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8:30–2:30pm – 8:00–5:00pm


PRESCHOOL Ages 3 - 4

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8:45am–2:45pm – 8:00am–5:00pm



Tk-1st grades  |   2nd-4th grades

9:00am–2:45pm  | 8:30am–3:00pm



Nestled in 108 acres of sunny, serene redwood forest adjacent to Nisene Marks State Park, Tara Redwood School is a forest school that provides an unparalleled learning environment of peace and beauty. We offer a toddler program (24 mo. & up), preschool, and kindergarten 6th grade. Recently we have created more classroom space for our wait listed families at our new Preschool Campus in the Soquel Village located at the historic Soquel Congregational Church. Note that this is just a temporary location until county licensing for campus development is completed.  All grades receive daily immersion  to the redwood forest  campus comprised of hiking, creek play and organic gardening.

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Tara Redwood School's Earth Stewards class is a one of a kind and uniquely designed to inspire caring for the Earth and its inhabitants. The program taught by Lisa Marie Dreyer has an academic focus supplemented by Montessori methodology, hands-on field studies, field trips, and daily forest immersion. The global curriculum will educate the students in the interconnected nature of the planet and will focus on natural resources, indigenous studies, sustainability, and preservation of animals. Our Compassion in Action projects will supplement global programs that promote preservation and ecological recovery. Lisa has been teaching the Earth Stewards class for the last 10 years and has a Masters in Education, BA in Environmental Science, a California Teaching Credential, and a Montessori Credential.


A Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 "We need an education of the heart"

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"My wish is that, one day, formal education will pay attention to the education of the heart, teaching love, compassion, justice, forgiveness, mindfulness, tolerance and peace. This education is necessary, from kindergarten to secondary schools and universities. I mean social, emotional and ethical learning. We need a worldwide initiative for educating heart and mind in this modern age."  His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 2017

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is the spiritual leader of Tibet and a Nobel laureate for peace. He wrote this op-ed with Franz Alt, a television journalist and bestselling author. This piece is adapted from their new book, "An Appeal to the World: The Way to Peace in a Time of Division."


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Thank you for another amazing year at Tara Redwood School. Our girls have grown so much since they first started at the school and we are so proud of who they are becoming thanks to the nurturing and wisdom they are receiving at Tara. What an amazing treasure you have created for families in this community! I appreciate every day knowing that they are thriving in an environment where respect and compassion are at the heart of the education. We have been incredibly fortunate to have had outstanding teachers over the years. What a fabulous group of guides not only for our children but also for us who are learning to be more connected and loving in our families and in the world. Thank you for keeping what is most important so central in our lives through this experience at Tara.

~Elisa and Isaac Orona

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