Our School Mission

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  30 years.

The school’s program is a blend of Montessori and Creating Compassionate Cultures (CCC) methodologies. We engage children to develop strong academic foundations, rich in the sciences and emotional intelligence. We also value the importance of the performance and creative arts as an integral part of a child’s early development.  The CCC pedagogy 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.

Our educators strive 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.

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Tara Redwood School offers a unique curriculum amidst 108 acres of playground forest and creeks .

Mostly outdoors with small size class groups.

Youth Programs begin as early as 20 months!

Early care and after school care available upon request.


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**We follow updated guidelines from Santa Cruz County Public Health Department and from the Superintendent of Schools in order to best protect staff, students and families.

Please Make a Donation to Our Non Profit

We are immensely happy to have finally moved the entire school to its intended location, into the Nisene Marks forest at Land of Medicine Buddha.

We thank you for all of your support.

It is with generous donations that Tara Redwood School has kept its doors open since 1989.

Please  consider to make a donation of any amount to support the development of more classrooms, special programs and staff as we strive to continue our growth and expansion. We want to have space for all interested families.

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We look to meet our goal of $30,000 for 30 years of Tara Redwood.

We have very kindly been offered a matching donation of up to $10,000 !!! So any and all donations will effectively be doubled! Tara has now a donations platform that will allow you to enter the names and email addresses of up to 10 emails.

Share the love!  To add up to 10 emails simply take a few minutes to register. Add friends and family that may value the impact Tara Redwood School continues to make .

Tara Redwood School During the Pandemic

Dear Friends,

Tara Redwood School has opened its doors for Fall and Spring this September. We have created a safe space that complies with  safety regulations for students at all class levels up to first grade.

We follow the guidance and adhere to the CDPH (County Dept of Public Health).

Half of the classroom spaces are held outdoors under a gorgeous Redwood  tree canopy.The other half of the time class instruction is held indoors. We have supplied our classrooms with every necessary precaution advised to us by health officials,  like air purifiers and ample ventilation.

Our school and teachers continue to adapt, stepping up to provide an abundance of quality education material and support to see our children through the academic year and beyond. Our online program, when needed, excels in balancing indoor and outdoor studies as students are guided to continue to practice daily mindfulness activities like yoga, meditation, creative arts, music and life labs with global studies and academics. We do our very best to offer affordable high quality education and welcome families from a variety of demographics. Welcome to all of our new and returning families to Tara Redwood School.

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Outdoor Mandala Class Space

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 offer a toddler program (20 mo. & up), preschool and kindergarten to 1st grade all nestled in lovely indoors and outdoors classes in the forest. We are excited to have just recently transitioned our 2nd to 6th grades to the Redwood Campus. Due to the current pandemic, we are taking a break from the upper elementary grades so to focus on our PK to 1st grade in person education. Our plan is to develop the rest of the classrooms during summer of 2021.

Ages 2 - 3

Part time/Full Time

8:45am – 5:00pm


Ages 3 - 5

Part time/Full Time

8:00am – 5:00pm


TK - 6th Grade

    Tk-1st grades  |   2nd-6th grades

9:00–2:45  | 8:30–3:00


CCC Parent Classes Begin October 8th!

CCC workshop

This series of 8 interactive classes via Zoom will:

•Explore the ideas and philosophy as applied
to your own life and your role as a parent.
•Introduce parents to the unique program
developed at Tara Redwood School over 30 years
•Leave with ideas and tools
to integrate these practices at home.
•Learn some of the ways this pedagogy is
integrated into the program for your children.

Join Pam every Thursday for the next four weeks for the first half of  introductory classes on the CCC's steps and values.

October 8th–29th, 2020


TO RSVP: office@tararedwoodschool.org

Daily Air Quality and Temperature Forecast

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You can move your cursor around the locations and get closer to our area. 

It is difficult to get accurate forecasts beyond the present time, but these sites seem to be quite good.

Upcoming Events

  1. CCC Parent Workshop (Zoom)

    October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  2. No School-Fall Break to Celebrate Gratitude

    November 25 - November 27
  3. Winter Break

    December 18, 2020 - January 1, 2021
  4. No School-Teacher prep for new semester.

    January 4, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  5. Welcome Back! School resumes.

    January 5, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  6. No School- In observance of Rev. M.L King Day

    January 18, 2021

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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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