to Sanderling Waldorf School

At Sanderling, we believe in fostering a lifelong love of learning in each child. We recognize each individual as a unique expression of body, soul and spirit, and we seek to engage the whole child through a developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses the physical, emotional, and intellectual aspects of a child. As a growing Waldorf school in North County San Diego, we offer programs for children from 16 months to 8th grade. While we are currently based on two beautiful campuses in North County, we are also in the process of planning out our forever campus in Encinitas. We welcome all families looking for a rich and hands-on education that builds both academic confidence and the capacities for creativity, resilience, innovative thinking, and social and emotional intelligence.

We have 2 boys attending Sanderling Waldorf. We transferred to Sanderling from a public school two years ago. Here are some of the things we like about the school: the emphasis on creativity and a lifelong love of learning, the fact that kids learn two languages (Spanish and German) starting in 1st grade, the emphasis on integrating movement into learning (great for my active boys), the academic program which is deep, rich, and experiential (with few worksheets!) , the music and games classes, the outdoor/nature emphasis, the caring and dedicated teachers, and so much more.
— Carolyn, Parent of Sanderling Waldorf School

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*The Research Institute for Waldorf Education

Two Campuses.

One Philosophy.


Nursery/Kindergarten Campus

AGES 3-6

3796 Valley Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008

A bridge between home and school, the N/K classes enjoy creative play, storytelling, circle time, artistic activities, and preparing wholesome, organic foods. Our program offers a harmonious balance between the free, creative expression of the child and the teacher-led group experience.


Grade Campus

1st - 8th GRADES

2585 Business Park Drive
Vista, CA 92081

Our grade program offers a rigorous, richly artistic curriculum that responds to and enhances students’ developmental phases. For the Sanderling Waldorf School student, music, theater, movement, foreign language, history, math, science, and literature are not simply subjects to be read about, ingested and tested. They are experienced, and brought to life.

Annual Giving.

The Sanderling Many Hands Campaign.

Help Sanderling achieve its mission to foster in each child the capacity for self-knowledge that is grounded in a lifelong love of learning. Contributions to Sanderling’s Annual Giving campaign support the school’s operations, enables us to provide support for faculty development and tuition assistance for families in need, and ensures that we continue to provide the breadth of our diverse curriculum, including a rich exposure to foreign languages, music and the arts. More giving opportunities are also available through Scrip and Amazon on this page.

Sanderling Waldorf School is a non-profit 501(3)c and thus all donations are tax deductible.