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.

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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 artsBest private Santa Cruz School.-elementary and preschool-creative studies
  • 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


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

Classes Begin as Early as

7:30am – 5:30pm


Ages 3 - 5

Part time/Full Time

Classes Begin As Early as

7:30am -5:30pm


TK - 6th Grade

Tk-1st grades | 2nd-6th grades

Classes Have Two Start Times

9:00–2:45 | 8:30–3:00


For Tk – 6th Grades:

Early care and after school care available if needed.

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

Enrollment is Now Open!


"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand" Ancient Chinese  proverb

Upcoming Events

  1. Spring Picnic

    March 29 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
  2. No School: Spring Break

    April 1 - April 5
  3. Spring Work Party: All Welcome

    April 13
  4. Hike4Peace

    May 19
  5. Half Day: Preschool School Play

    May 24 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  6. No School: Memorial Day

    May 27

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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