School Director
Katy Bauer
2129 Ocean Avenue 27 Santa Monica, CA 90405  ·  215-460-8035
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An open, outdoor space for exploration, growth, and learning.
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“All students can learn and succeed, but not on the same day and not in the same way.” - William G. Spady. My teaching philosophy is centered around this idea. It is my job to assess students individually and meet them at their cognitive and emotional level. I believe in building an individualized curriculum that will cater to each child’s needs and interests. Talking with and observing each child will help with that development.


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We’ve provided basic information about our philosophies and offerings to help you decide if our program might be right for your family.

Tour the program

Come see and feel what makes Santa Monica Forest Wonderschool unique. Please schedule a tour by filling out the “Schedule a Tour” form. You can also email us at

Submit an Enrollment Application

If you would like to enroll, please submit an application at – Please note that we require tours for all prospective families. Please do not submit an application if you have not toured.


After reviewing your application, we’ll send an enrollment invitation. Upon accepting your invitation, you’ll pay your deposit (usually equal to one month’s tuition), fill out enrollment documents and review our Parent Handbook.


Santa Monica Forest School takes place at the beach, as well as various parks throughout the neighborhood. Some of these parks include Crescent Bay Park and Beach Park 1. Parents will be informed of the location each week.

About Our School

Santa Monica Forest School provides unique, hands-on learning experiences for your child. Children have the opportunity to learn outdoors, explore the world around them, and utilize nature to help them grow cognitively, socially, and emotionally. Each day is filled with songs, stories, supervised exploration, yoga, and much more!

Outdoor education is the main component of our philosophy at Santa Monica Forest Wonderschool. We will be outside daily, weather permitting. We will be exploring various parks, different parts of the beach, and neighborhood gardens.

Our Teachers

Katy Bauer, the Director and Head Teacher, has been working in the field of education since 2008. With a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in special education, she has worked in classrooms ranging from preschool to 2nd grade. She is also a certified yoga instructor and has been practicing yoga since 2011. Katy is originally from Philadelphia and relocated to Santa Monica in February 2017. She is an avid reader and enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, and spending time at the beach.

We are a proud member of the Wonderschool network.

Wonderschool is a group of early childhood programs that combine the quality standards of the best child care centers with the warmth of an in-home program in your neighborhood.

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