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

An Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood

Parents are warmly invited to learn about the world of Early Childhood at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School. Experienced Kindergarten, Preschool and Parent-Child teachers will present aspects of our rich and child-centered curriculum to give you an understanding of our program offerings and how we meet the developmental needs of the young child at each stage. This event is for adults only.

Attending An Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood is a required step in the admissions process for our Preschool and Kindergarten programs.

Please join us on one of the following dates:

  • Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10 am to 11:30 am (Parent-Child teacher attending)
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10 am to 11:30 am
  • Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
  • RSVP by calling (831) 824-2161 or emailing

    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:

  • October 24, 2019
  • November 21, 2019
  • January 16, 2020
  • February 13, 2020
  • March 19, 2020
  • April 23, 2020
  • May 14, 2020
  • RSVP by calling (831) 824-2161 or emailing

    Important Dates

    Click here to see the full calendar.

    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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