Phone: (831) 425-0519

Our Mission

Santa Cruz Waldorf School honors students’ individual development and capacities, and nurtures a love of learning through our rich curriculum inspired by Rudolf Steiner. At our rural, forested campus, our community, led by creative Waldorf-trained teachers, encourages the protection of childhood and respect for all life.

Our Vision

Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.
“Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and send them forth in freedom.”

-Rudolf Steiner


Parent-Child Program

Our Parent-Child Program is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the classroom and for parents to learn more about the rich, developmental approach of Waldorf education.
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preschool kids finger painting


Through movement, crafts, and domestic activities, the preschool child is helped in taking hold of his/her body and learning to use it more skillfully.
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kindergarten kids in the pond


The rhythm of the Kindergarten day may appear very simple upon first glance, but a deeper look reveals children deeply immersed in creative play and imitation.
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grade school Kids with boats


The elementary education leads, in incremental steps, to an ever more observing, experimental and creative attitude to learning…
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Upcoming Events

A Walk Through the Grades

Join us for a guided tour of the 1st through 8th grade classrooms followed by time for questions. Adults only please. Grades tours meet on Thursdays from 8:30 am to 10:30 am on the following dates:

  • January 18, 2018
  • February 1, 2018
  • March 8, 2018
  • March 22, 2018
  • April 19, 2018

RSVP by calling 831-824-2161 or emailing Space is limited.

Morning in the Preschool

Parents and their young children who will be 2 years 6 months old in September are warmly invited to join us in experiencing our preschool program. Preschool visits are on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on the following dates:

  • November 18, 2017
  • December 16, 2017
  • January 27, 2018

RSVP by calling 831-824-2161 or emailing Space is limited.

Morning in the Kindergarten

Children 4 to 5 years old are warmly invited to experience a morning in the kindergarten while parents meet our teachers and learn about our approach to early childhood. Kindergarten visits are on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on the following dates:

  • January 20, 2018
  • February 10, 2018
  • Mar/Apr dates – Check back here at website

RSVP by calling 831-824-2161 or emailing Space is limited.

Important Dates

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Preparing for Life

The New York Times sparked national media coverage with its front page story on why Silicon Valley parents are turning to Waldorf education.

Learn to Change the World

The film “Learn to Change the World” shows people from around the world who work on the big pedagogical tasks of our time based on Waldorf/Steiner pedagogy. It is the first of more to come which aim to show concrete approaches to these tasks.

School with No Computers

CNN’s Dan Simon reports on how Waldorf schools use a no-technology approach and how it’s attractive to high-tech parents.



Phone: (831) 824-2161
Address: 2190 Empire Grade
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Location: Next to UCSC,
10 minutes from downtown
Aftercare: After 1PM, Aftercare can be reached at (831) 425-0346
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