About Us


Our History

"My daughter can think independent thoughts, articulate them, and make change happen as a result. She does not hesitate to let her voice come through in both academic and social realms."

"Waldorf nurtures free thinking individuals who act with purpose and authenticity. This is what our world sorely needs at this pivotal time in history."

The Santa Cruz Waldorf School traces its roots to 1974, when a group of parents interested in Waldorf education formed a weekly study group at UCSC Garden House. Their children formed a play group which soon evolved into a 3-day-a-week kindergarten called Golden Goose. Out of the strong desire for a Waldorf experience for their school-age children, these parents founded the Santa Cruz Waldorf School in 1976.

Since that time, the school has settled into its present campus with the purchase of land and the construction of classrooms. Meanwhile, enrollment has multiplied and our school community has grown to 150 families. Today, there are eight classrooms for the first through eighth grades, three kindergartens (one in town located at 230 Poplar Street), a eurythmy room, an organic garden with greenhouse and orchard, woodworking shop, playing fields and an administrative building. The location provides the best of both worlds: accessibility to town, and the surroundings of beautiful land including forest, orchard, and meadow.


Who We Serve

We celebrate Waldorf education for gently stroking the soul of our child, while giving her a love of learning and community to last a lifetime.

Our school serves children and parents coming from a rich variety of spiritual, cultural, social, and economic backgrounds. Indeed, this is an essential component of Waldorf education, where variety strengthens and enriches the spirit of brotherhood and community. Those drawn to the school find themselves and the world mirrored in the values and relationships that thrive here.

Santa Cruz Waldorf School owes its vitality to a lively interaction between teachers and parents. The school is administered by faculty members who make decisions regarding classroom experience. Parents play an integral part in the life of the school as committee members, classroom assistants, and participants in special interest groups. They are also very active in organizing our season fairs and festivals.

The Santa Cruz Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national, or ethnic origin in its educational, administrative, admissions, and scholarship programs. The School is incorporated under the laws of California as a non-profit corporation and is recognized as a tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities.