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.
Tara Redwood School has a program founded on these basic values:
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Stimulating mathematics and language curriculum
- Creative arts
- Music program
- Life lab studies with access to our own organic farm and garden
- Weekly excursions to the forest for wilderness studies
- Performing arts
- Social Studies
- 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.