Tara Redwood School uses a global curriculum that follows an original framework known as the 7 Steps to Knowledge, Strength and Compassion developed over a period of  30 years. It is a blend of Montessori and Creating Compassionate Cultures (CCC) methodologies to offer children a strong academic foundation, rich in the sciences and emotional intelligence combined with the arts. The CCC pedagogy provides an education for the heart and mind with unique social emotional components that nurture the children’s innate positive qualities while empowering them to make a positive impact on the world through their thoughts and actions. Our school strives to offer a stimulating learning experience through daily outdoor immersion in our Redwood Campus which is situated on 108 acres of redwood forest in Soquel. We offer an integrated, environmentally conscientious approach to learning about the world around us and within us.

Our commitment is to provide education for awakening the wish and confidence for each child to make a positive difference in the world.


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Due to recent reports re: Covid19 virus spread,
We have taken precautions by canceling our annual fundraising auction scheduled for March 28th.
We are grateful for all the auction donations we have received from many Santa Cruz and international businesses. We will keep you posted for a future opportunity to bid on these great prizes.Including the awesome classroom projects created by our talented students and educators.

Meanwhile, we kindly ask all our supporters to consider making a donation in any amount to supplement the needs of our non profit school.  

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Tara Redwood School is a non profit organization. Your generous donations support our school since 1989.

     Your pledges facilitate scholarships, special education programs and continued mindful education.

    Thank you for supporting Tara Redwood School and for sharing our passion to raise compassionate children.
Donations are tax deductible.

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Early Re-Enrollment  for 2020–21 School Year

Opens February 1st & Ends March 31st.

Enroll Early and save $200!

(Returning families only)


On going school tours until full. Schedule your visit soon!

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

Youth Programs begin at 20 months

Early care and after school care available

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


Our Values

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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:

  • Mindfulness
  • Stimulating mathematics and language curriculum
  • Creative arts
  • Music program
  • Ceramics
  • Life lab with access to our own organic  farm and garden
  • Weekly excursions to the forest for 1.5 hours minimum
  • Yoga
  • Performing arts
  • Geography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Coding
  • Environmental Studies

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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. We have two preschools and a toddler program (20 mo. & up) nestled in the forest.  We have a second campus for our TK-6th grades  students in the heart of Soquel Village. Students from the Village campus have weekly frequent excursions to the Redwood Campus for nature  immersion activities.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Spring Picnic

    April 3
  2. Spring Break

    April 6 - April 10
  3. No School

    May 25
  4. Half Day – Preschool Play

    May 29 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Preschool Play

    May 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  6. Village Half Day

    June 5 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
 Alumni Testimonials

"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

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