Learn More About Our Academics in the Redwoods

Looking for an excellent private school serving Santa Cruz County students? Mount Madonna School is a fully accredited, college preparatory preschool through 12th grade private school offering bus transportation from Santa Cruz, Soquel, Aptos and Watsonville. Located on 375 acres on the summit of Mount Madonna between Watsonville and Gilroy, Mount Madonna School nurtures students to be curious, innovative, adaptable, creative and empathetic learners. Our graduates are leaders, humanitarians, scientists, change-makers, entrepreneurs, and artists who are well-prepared with the academic, and real-world skills to thrive in the 21st Century.

At Mount Madonna School, faculty are empowered to teach with passion and create meaningful learning experiences to encourage the love of learning. For our youngest students, we offer a Montessori-based preschool program, class garden and daily opportunities to discover the natural world. Mount Madonna School offers low student-to-teacher ratios and a cross-grade buddy program for all students. By engaging in Academics, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Athletics, Learning Journeys, Hands-On STEM and Outdoor Adventure, students develop new capacities, discover new talents, identify passions and build confidence.

In your search for private schools, you’ll find other suitable options in the Bay Area and Santa Cruz regions, but Mount Madonna School is closer than you think and not just another private school.

What sets Mount Madonna School apart from other independent private schools is the way we value relationships with our students. At Mount Madonna School, your child is treated like family. We meet each and every student where they are and inspire them to draw on their own strengths in a loving, safe community. Mountain vistas are the beautiful backdrop at Mount Madonna School, and many of our academics draw from our unique campus environment – our students learn meteorology by tracking our weather station, ecology by learning the habitats of the forest, and biology by studying our campus pollinators. Mount Madonna School’s idyllic campus overlooking the Monterey Bay is a “home away from home” for our students and supportive setting for personal growth, reflection and intellectual inquiry.

Learn more about our academics in the redwoods with bus service offered from several Santa Cruz County locations.

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