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.

Tara Redwood School During the Pandemic

Dear Friends,

Tara Redwood school will reopen in September. We are all well aware of the current events impacting not only our small community but the entire planet. The influence which Covid–19, social distancing and shelter-in-place has had on each of us has been, and continues to be, felt by all of us in a varied ways. For this reason we keep up with updates by the Santa Cruz Health Services weekly in order to continue to secure our students and staff with safety and healthy measures.

Our school and teachers have continued 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 essential academics. We do our very best to offer affordable education. in fact 30 percent of our families receive financial support, so that we may further extend access to our outstanding curriculum-one which is whole-child focused- either in a small group class or as a hybrid program. We look forward to seeing everyone in the Fall.

* Enrolling Now For 2020–21!

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

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 Health and Superintendent of Schools in order to best protect staff, students and families.

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Giving Tuesday has come and gone, but our needs are still here. As we look to meet our goal of $30,000 for 30 years of Tara Redwood, we'd like to extend the campaign to be more inclusive.

We have very kindly been offered a matching donation of up to $10,000 !!! So any and all donations will effectively be doubled! 
We would greatly appreciate any support you can offer financially to keep our wonderful non-profit up and running.
It is with generous donations that Tara Redwood School has had its doors open since 1989.

Tara has a donations platform that will allow you to enter the names and email addresses of up to 10 emails. Share the love! Simply take a few minutes to register, and take advantage to enter up to 10 names and email addresses of friends and family that value the impact Tara Redwood has on the lives of your children.

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.

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


Upcoming Events

  1. Summer Camp Ends

    August 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  2. First Day of School

    September 8 @ 8:45 am - 3:00 pm
  3. Welcome Back Preschool- Parents’ Meet Up

    September 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  4. Welcome Back to School-Parents’ Meet up for K-6th grades.

    September 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  5. No School-Fall Break to Celebrate Gratitude

    November 25 - November 27
  6. Winter Break

    December 18, 2020 - January 1, 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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