Chartwell School, located in Seaside, educates students who are struggling in mainstream classroom settings; including those students with learning challenges like dyslexia. Chartwell considers each student’s unique needs to provide them with the academic skills, confidence, and creativity needed to meet the challenges of future educational endeavors.
Students in grades 2–8 acquire academic skills as they are taught from a research-based curriculum which emphasizes multi-sensory phonemic aware- ness. For students in grades 9-12, the college prep program delivers project- based learning and related field experiences. Students can also experience the 4-week summer program which emphasizes literacy and enrichment skills.
Chartwell School diagnostically educates students with language-related learning variations such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and auditory processing disorder. Chartwell’s mission is to equip children with the academic skills, confidence, perseverance and creativity necessary to succeed in mainstream schools and in life. Our specially trained teachers work with students who are behind in certain skill areas to close those gaps while also encouraging students to develop their areas of strength. A Chartwell education includes small class size, specially-trained instructors, a carefully designed curriculum, an award-winning green campus, and all the electives, arts and sports that enrich a student’s school experience. On the second Tuesday of every month, Chartwell offers an informal tour to all community members. Please our website for more information.
Coryell Autism Center
The Coryell Autism Center is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing specially-designed services people with autism the Center is named in recognition of the Coryell Family Foundation’s ongoing support of individuals with autism in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gateway School, founded in 1970, is an independent, co-ed day school in Santa Cruz, CA for students in grades Kindergarten through Middle School. Our mission is to inspire children to lead lives of purpose and compassion through scholarship and citizenship.
We nurture academic success and intellectual curiosity, personal character and integrity, and individual agency and engagement. Our program is rooted in play, creativity, and critical thinking. Our students develop communication and collaboration skills while becoming compassionate and responsible citizens.
We feature Art, Music, Spanish, Mindfulness, Life Lab Science, and a Makerspace as integral parts of our program, along with small classes, a gorgeous nine-acre campus, and a loving community of families.
Gateway is the only K-8 school in Santa Cruz accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). We invite all families to visit our website or schedule a tour, and get to know our community!
Through intellectual challenge in a responsive environment, Kirby empowers students to shape their futures with confidence. Our students learn to think critically, develop their creativity, and engage diverse communities with thoughtfulness and respect.
We look forward to welcoming you to Kirby School.
While there are many ways to learn about our program, an in-person visit is the most advantageous to prospective parents and students.
However, while our campus is temporarily closed due to the Shelter in Place mandate in California, we invite you to speak with a member of our community to ask questions and learn about Kirby from firsthand experience.
Current parents, students, and faculty are available and eager to share their perspectives and answer your questions. Please let us know and we will connect you!
If you would like to receive an Admissions Packet or would like more information about our application process, please email Admissions Director, Emily Lamoureux ’00, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Madonna School
At MMS we strive to prepare well-rounded human beings who not only get into and succeed in college, but learn to value collaboration, form meaningful relationships and engage with their local communities, nation and the world. Come see education through our students’ eyes: Montessori-based Pre/K program, 375-acre campus, science and technology labs, competitive athletic program, outdoor adventure and life skills, regional, national and international travel, mixed-grade buddy program, marine biology and oceanography on Catalina Island, visual and performing arts.
For more than 40 years, Mount Madonna School has offered students a quality education based on academic excellence, positive character development and creative self-expression. Preschool through high school; fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Mount Madonna is a community of learners dedicated to creative, intellectual and ethical growth. We support our students to become caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals. We believe a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society.
- Our learning community, which includes students, alumni, faculty, administrators, staff and families
- Intellectual inquiry that fosters a love of learning, self-discipline and perseverance
- Continual exploration of how our students learn best
- The development of relationships based on self-acceptance, empathy, honesty, integrity, respectful communication and shared experiences
- The transformative power of the creative process
- Experiential outdoor learning that inspires an appreciation for nature, environmental stewardship and a sense of well-being
We are a K-6 non-profit private elementary school, situated on a 14-acre campus, with a large, organic garden, an animal program, rich hands-on opportunities in science, math and language arts and a dedication to the arts. Our campus is an integral part of the student experience at Orchard School.
Teachers use every opportunity to bring the learning outside and allow children to interact with nature. In science, students might spend weeks tracking the bird activity around bird feeders they built in a carpentry elective. In math, they might develop word problems based on counting legs, heads and tails of our farm animals.
In language arts, they might gather for centering yoga activities under the trees, or to write poems about key features on campus.
We know that children are happier when they develop a concrete relationship with the Earth and when they get to learn while moving their bodies.
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
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.
Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.
While Waldorf education places heavy emphasis on the formation of value systems, students and parents at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School are not indoctrinated to any particular way of thinking, world-view or religion. On the contrary, a variety of perspectives are presented so each student has a basis from which to make up his or her own mind. The curriculum gives a diverse and well-rounded view of history, government models, religions, gender, and social forms.
Our Parent-Child program is a wonderful way to introduce your young child, walking to 3 years old, to the classroom experience and for parents to learn more about the rich, developmental approach of Waldorf Education.
Preschool and Kindergarten – Our philosophy has always been to provide a home-like environment for young children, and now our focus will be on supporting parents in creating a sane and healthy home environment. Our program offers significant support and guidance for parents, and daily activities for the children including live audio circle time and story time.
The Grades Environment
One unique aspect of a Waldorf grade school is the class teacher. The class teacher ideally remains with his or her students from first through eighth grade. This system allows the teacher to grow along with the students and facilitates a strong bond of trust between students, parents and teacher. In each grade, the focal point of learning takes place during the ‘Morning Lesson’. Here the class teacher presents in blocks of three to four weeks, major concepts in the various disciplines: math, science, history and literature. Work in the arts supports the academic curriculum by developing the capacity to solve problems creatively. Spanish is taught in all grades through story, song, rhyme, movement and art. Spanish grammar, reading, translation and short plays are introduced beginning in fourth grade. Music plays a major role in the development of the child and is a key element in Waldorf education. A host of dedicated specialty teachers work tirelessly alongside class teachers to provide students with diverse experiences in language, movement, music, arts, athletics and gardening. “Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able, of themselves, to impart purpose and direction to their lives.”
Spring Hill School provides an individualized learning environment in which each child’s unique gifts are recognized and nurtured, enabling them to reach their highest potential. Located in Santa Cruz, California, Spring Hill is an independent private school serving preschool through sixth grade students and sending graduates well prepared to middle school. Spring Hill School is the only independent design thinking elementary school of its kind on the Central Coast of California.
The education we provide is challenging and dynamic. It leads to students enjoying learning through both structured and unstructured activities. Our tenets are to foster a community of tenacious learners and compassionate humanitarians who approach life with humble confidence. We do this through a variety of individual and group experiences within and across grade levels.
Tara Redwood School
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.