Phone: (831) 425-0519



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As a first step in the admissions process, parents are encouraged to attend a group tour called “A Walk Though the Grades” or to schedule a private tour of the school with the Enrollment Director. New kindergarten and preschool parents are required to attend “An Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood” meeting. Please register for these events by calling our office at (831) 824-2161 or emailing us at All outreach events include an introduction to Waldorf Education. You can view the events listed above on our website home page,, scroll down to Upcoming Events.

Please note: At this time, we are no longer accepting preschool and kindergarten applications for 2019-2020. We are accepting applications for grades 1st – 8th.

Once you have come for a tour, please fill out an application online through TADS.

A non-refundable, non-transferable fee of $95.00 must accompany the application for each student.

When applying for Grades 2 through 8, you will be asked to release copies of school records and obtain a Teacher Recommendation from your child’s current teacher. Copies of previous assessments are always considered helpful.

Interview Process

Upon receipt of your application, the Enrollment Director or a class teacher will contact you to schedule an interview. All interviews are conducted by a class teacher. For early childhood applicants, parents and child are interviewed by the kindergarten or preschool teachers for placement into an appropriate class.

Admission is open to all qualified students regardless of religious, social and racial background. For early childhood applicants, the parent interview and the observations of the child during this interview assist us in forming a picture regarding admission and placement. For grades 2 through 8, acceptance is based on a review of academic records, personal interviews, teacher recommendations and a school visit. During this visit, the child may have a limited assessment. Faculty members make observations and provide feedback to the class teacher and an admissions decision is then made.


A letter communicating the admissions decision is sent to the parents from the Enrollment Director. The letter may include recommendations to prepare your child to join the class based on the assessment taken during the interview. You will also be sent a link to enroll online through TADS.


All accepted families must complete the TADS Enrollment Questionnaire, sign the Enrollment Contract and the Financial Agreement and pay the Registration Fee prior to admittance to the class.

2019-2020 Tuition
4 Day (Full Day): $11,100
4 Day (Half Day): $7,990
Kindergarten: $10,490
Grades 1st to 8th: $15,540

2019-2020 Sibling Tuition
Preschool: There are no sibling discounts for Preschool.
Kindergarten: $9,756
Grades 1st to 8th: $12,432 (second child) $11,655 (add’l children)

2019-2020 Commitment Fee
Preschool – 8th: $500

Supplies Fee (Preschool only)
Half Day: $500
Full Day: $650

Activities Fee (Grades only)
Grades 3 – 5: $300
Grades 6 – 8: $750

Please note: Activity fees are used for field trips and class activities. Activity fees are non-refundable and not eligible for financial aid. Activity fees will be included with tuition payments and spread across payments if tuition is paid in installments.

More information regarding Financial Aid can be found on the Financial Aid FAQs page.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is determined based upon financial need, available funds and the needs of the school and is only determined after the child has been accepted for enrollment.

Please direct any questions to Samantha Zenack, Enrollment Director. We are available to arrange private tours, answer your questions and offer further discussion. Contact us at 831-425-0519 or

Non-Discrimination Policy: Santa Cruz Waldorf School’s admission and financial assistance policies do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual preference, ethnic origin, disability, marital status, physical differences or religion. This policy applies to any and all of our school’s programs: admissions, athletics, educational policies, financial assistance, or, any of our school’s programs.



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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