Santa Monica Forest School Opening Soon!

An open, outdoor space for exploration, growth, and learning.
Opening Soon!


“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.


Join the Santa Monica Forest Wonderschool in 3 easy steps:

  1. Explore our website. We’ve provided basic information about our philosophies and offerings to help you decide if our program might be right for your family.
  2. Tour the school. 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
  3. Apply to enroll. Complete an online admissions application.


The main meeting place for Santa Monica Forest Wonderschool is at Crescent Bay Park, located at 2000 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405. It is a tranquil park featuring over two acres of grassy areas and a view of the ocean. Since it is located so close to the Santa Monica Beach, we will be utilizing that area for learning and play as well.

About Our School

Santa Monica Forest Wonderschool 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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