Sanderling Waldorf School

3796 Valley Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 635-3747

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Private Grades PK-8 160 students 8 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

Sanderling Waldorf School is a private middle school in Encinitas. The principal of Sanderling Waldorf School is Diego Sharon, whose e-mail is 160 students go to Sanderling Waldorf School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Sanderling Waldorf School is 8:1. Grauer, The is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • German
  • Spanish


  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 86% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% %
Hispanic 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is going to the Sanderling Waldorf School since 2010 starting in Parent/Child. I could not think of a better school for him. He loves his teacher. The Waldorf education he will receive at Sanderling will make him a livelong learner. Someone who is asking questions is a critical thinker. He will learn two foreign languages and learn 3-4 music instruments. Physical fitness good health and cooperative games replace the traditional sports. Class sizes are small so that every child can get the attention needed to advance at there own pace. The campus in Carlsbad is beautiful and a real safe heaven for kids. Everybody in the school is friendly and willing to help each other. I can highly recommend this school. Waldorf is not a cult. It is a great educational system.

  • (1 year ago)

    Both my kids go to the Sanderling School and we love it! The teachers are so incredibly dedicated to the students' overall development as a whole in a very well rounded way. Plus the community of families are amazing caring connected interested and committed people to a one! There are many interpretations of Waldorf education out there. This school blends the best Waldorf intentions to nourish the spirit and character imagination and body of the child along with the latest research and standards of other types of exceptional education. We love our school! We feel so comfortable there part of a family you would want to be a part of!

  • (1 year ago)

    Our kids go to Sanderling and our overall experience has been fantastic! The teachers are great the parent community is very close-knit and the overall experience for our kids is very very enriching. The Waldorf philosophy is alive well and thriving at Sanderling Waldorf School.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have three children that attend this school and first came to this school 8 years ago. Our kids love going to school they are inspired and challenged every day. Not only is the faculty and staff fantastic but the school is supported by a wonderful community of parents.

  • (3 years ago)

    My two children have attended Sanderling for three years. We feel so fortunate to be a part of such a warm supportive and nurturing community. The leadership is excellent and attentive and the teachers are caring and capable. I trust that they have taken the time to get to know my children and have their best interests at heart. The curriculum is age-appropriate and interesting.

  • (5 years ago)

    Waldorf education provides a thorough in-depth curriculum that meets the children at each developmental stage to foster their imagination excite their thinking and develop their capacities so that they may grow up to be free thinking independent human beings.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child is happy to go to school each day. I know he is held by an entire community. I love the stories he brings home the ideas and imagination that come out of him and to watch his sheer joy for learning. We feel so grateful to be a part of a flourishing and nurturing school that enriches the lives of children parents teachers and administrators.

  • (5 years ago)

    The Sanderling Waldorf School in Encinitas is a school unlike any other for so many reasons. The education is beautiful and magical. The curriculum is designed to meet the various stages of child development. Beginning in the 1st grade the children learn two languages - Spanish and German. The specialty classes are also what make our school so unique. Besides the fact that my children LOVE their school I too LOVE being a part of this special community of like minded folks.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Sanderling School because I know that when I drop my daughter off there she is in loving hands. Her teachers truly care for her as an individual and nurture her to be who she is. I love that the arts is incorporated throughout her day and that she is not subjected to testing and busy work. Sanderling is a beautiful environment for children to become who they are.

  • (5 years ago)

    I feel so blessed that my child has the opportunity to learn in such a warm nurturing and creative environment - truly a special haven.

  • (5 years ago)

    Younger children can play a lot and nurture their imagination. Older children can learn with such an artistic way.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is an incredibly loving nurturing community of parents and teachers committed to making a wonderful unique school for the children (and has overcome some pretty huge obstacles to get there.) The dedication and hard work of every teacher and family has made this school happen and the children benefit immensely. The philosophy and curriculum create a passion for learning stewardship for the Earth and an honoring of childhood. We love this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    The Sanderling School teaches children to connect with themselves & others through nature play and conscious curriculum in an environment of love and understanding for all. The Sanderling School still values community and responsibility and most importantly is churning out happy healthy humans!

  • (5 years ago)

    It is a a place where children can grow up at a child's pace surrounded by beautiful natural things and by calm loving adults. It is a supportive community for the whole family - especially if you are concerned about healthy food and a healthy planet and don't want the negative effects of electronic media bombarding your child.

  • (5 years ago)

    Waldorf provides the most amazing education besides the humanitarian touch and unconditional love for the children. EVERY school in the country teachers parents should all learn about this amazing type of alternative education. No words can describe the outcome of allowing children to attend this type of schooling shapping kids into wellbalanced well ground individuals with amazing values and standards. GO WALDORF!

  • (5 years ago)

    The Sanderling School radiates love and repect for each individual child. The environment is warm and welcoming. The community of staff and parents are dedicated and connected. WE LOVE OUR SCHOOL!

  • (5 years ago)

    The Sanderling School may be small but it has a big heart. We feel grateful that there is a Waldorf School in our community. We have a dedicated staff of teachers who genuinely care about their students. We have a dedicated group of parent/volunteers whose efforts help carry the school forward. The look on the faces of the children who are there every day tell the story of how wonderful it is to be a student at the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers have a true passion for educating the whole child. Creatvity abounds at Sanderling through play and education thus the joy of learning is instilled in the hearts hands and head of each child. This school has been great for our family.

  • (5 years ago)

    Sanderling School serves organic whole grain snacks to the children and has classrooms full of beautiful wooden toys. The teachers sing all day to the nursery/kindergarten kids and tell stories using handmade puppets.

  • (5 years ago)

    When I found Waldorf schools it was like finding something I had been searching for but didn't know. The Sanderling School has caring and dedicated teachers and amazing parents who work very hard to help grow this developing school.

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