School Details

Greenwood School

17 Buena Vista Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 388-0495

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 156 students 8 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

Greenwood School is a private middle school in Mill Valley. The principal of Greenwood School is Deborah Walker and can be contacted at 156 students go to Greenwood School The student to teacher ratio at Greenwood School is 8:1. Mill Valley Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Community ratings & reviews

  • (12 months ago)

    I have been a parent at Greenwood School for 7 years. My children have benefited greatly from the Waldorf-inspired education they are receiving. They are exceptionally creative artistic and have also tested extremely high in math -- one of the stereotypical concerns about Waldorf education. I'm very happy with the Waldorf approach to education and my children have had some pretty amazing teachers. The school is currently searching for a new Head of School and I'm hopeful that new leadership will bring stability to a school that serves its children well. The school is best for parents who have an interest in letting their kids be kids are seeking a community with similar values and are interested in an education that develops the "whole child."

  • (12 months ago)

    Greenwood School educates our children at every level. We wanted our children to leave school inspired to learn. We wanted them to be nurtured. For us - having our children leave with an excellent education in who they are how to be in the world how to deal with social situations and conflict is equally as important as learning academics during the formative grade years. Greenwood provides both. It also has arts and music built into the curriculum reducing the stress and expense of adding on 'enrichment' activities. After some years of transition Greenwood is now on a very firm footing with experienced teachers and strong leadership. Take a tour and see for yourself.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am shocked by some reviews. Let's start by saying we love our school actually it is not just a school for us it is our community. We have been at Greenwood for over 11 years our daughter graduated 3 years ago and we are still impress by how prepared she is academically and socially. She holds her true values firmly and she is ready to face the world with all it's beauty and inequities. She still cherish all the time she spend at Greenwood and especially all the "nature day". She brings a wonderful fresh eye in all her classes she is not burned out like most of her peers she is a joy to have around (she is 17!). I have a 6th grader he loves school and does amazingly my priorities have always been to teach children kindness before everything because it is the most powerful tool for happiness then to be challenge to do the best YOU can do regardless of other's capabilities respect of the environment ect.. This is exactly what Greenwood stands for.. All the graduates that I know (which are many) are doing great in high school they are doing as well as they could do. We love Greenwood and we really love to see our children skipping to school every morning always happy.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have two children at Greenwood School as we come to the close of our 5th year we are pleased with their education. The early childhood program (preschool and kindergarten) is excellent. I can only wish that all children would be blessed with early education that is committed to imagination and play rather than academic rigor at such an early age. Moving through the grades provides children with a well-balanced experience -- the NEST (nature) program is 2nd to none -- the children are out learning about their community nature and how to best protect and serve the environment; they are reading and developing strong language arts skills; the school is continually striving to meet the children's math needs the music program is terrific ... Most importantly my children want to go to school each and every day. Yes there have been some tumultuous times administratively Greenwood School continues to strive to be the best it can be this is trying at times but growth and improvement is essential to providing the best education possible. The current teachers are strong and experienced educators. The interim director that was hired this year is just what the school needed.

  • (1 year ago)

    Greenwood has some real challenges in terms of preparing the students for high school. Once the kids enter high school unless they continue with a very small isolated school they get very overwhelmed socially. There has been some real heartache and challenges integrating. I would ask around the community to get a real sense of the challenges.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is a recent graduate from the school is doing GREAT in High School. I could not recommend Greenwood School enough. An inspired set of faculty and a wonderful foundation in Waldorf curriculum. My son is well grounded a self learner engaged in the class room in High School. The high school teachers regularly say how much they like having him the class and his willingness to ask questions on his report cards. He is a straight A student. I could not have asked for more than to have the school support my son to be a deeply engaged learner as he moves through High School and beyond.

  • (3 years ago)

    The facts speak volumes for this school. Four directors in 3 years. At least 9 teachers have left the school in 3 years. This school is a least 3 years away in terms of getting some semblance of stability and continuity. As a parent you should ask your self do you really want your child and your family to go though the growing pains of this school. Is Greenwood that amazing? As a parent who has just left i say it is not. My child is 2 years behind in most areas. Other parents who have left have the same issues.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a parent of two children at Greenwood and I could tell you quite a lot of wonderful things that I think about the school. I think it would be more helpful to tell you what I have observed. I have watched my children learn to read the way they learned to walk and talk. With the same amount of ownership and excitement by them that those milestones elicited. They experienced an internal success that was nurtured and supported by the adults around them. I have seen children win National poetry contests transition to the high schools of their choice including Urban Marin Academy and Mt. Tamalpias head to Standford or start their own business. I am watching my children grow into confident and interested individuals capable of holding their core solid as they seek out what the world has to offer and discover what they can bring to it. People coming and going within an institution is as normal as birth and death. The only drama in coming and going is when it is not done with grace or integrity.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have never written an online review in my life but I am moved to do this In all sincerity if you are looking for a school where your kid will love going to school... If you are looking for a school that gives your kid a fighting chance of being a kid.... if you want your kid to grow up to be teenager that is present and looks you in the eye when he/she speaks to you... if you want your kid to be prepared to take any test that comes his/her way later on in l then you should come and check this place out for yourself. Do not trust me or anyone else who writes here but do go see it yourself. (For every 1 squeaky person who has negative comments there are countless others for whom Greenwood is working. It simply hasn't found a worthy director yet.)

  • (4 years ago)

    We couldn't be happier with the Greenwood School. There have been some changes over the past few years but the changes have made the school stronger e.g. there is an exceptional learning support program a school director. This is one of the few private schools that *truly* integrates art music and movement into the entire curriculum each and every day. Don't be fooled it is very academically rigorous and graduates have reported that eighth grade at Greenwood was considerably harder than freshman year at their private high schools.

  • (4 years ago)

    Greenwood is more than just a fantastic school it is a collaborative parent and teacher community. Each child is able to move at his/her own pace through a rich curriculum without the distractions and negative influences of intense media exposure. The kids work with incredibly skilled teachers in specialties like nature studies foreign language language arts and they get an enormous amount of individual attention. The children are kind to and appreciative of one another. I wish I'd been able to go to a school like this!

  • (4 years ago)

    Greenwood School is a unique school that provides many arts and teaches in an artful way. They are ecologically mindful. The child is nurtured etc....

  • (4 years ago)

    Greenwood School has gone though some massive changes in the last 2 years. Teacher turnover or firings have been the norm. I would not recommend to anyone. If you take the tour you will be impressed. However once you start to look under the rug so to speak. The propaganda just does not ring true. Our child will be graduating soon thank goodness.

  • (4 years ago)

    Greenwood school has a lovely environment and some sweet teachers but we found that the Waldorf approach did not fit with our children's learning styles. This doesn't have to be anyone's fault but within the Waldorf system there is often the assurance that if you hang in there things will change your child will grow into it reading especially. In hindsight we hung in longer than was good for our children who are still making up what they didn't get somewhere else.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our fmaily loves Greenwood School. There is no other school like in around Marin. They have rigorous academics as well as a Waldorf Inspired approach. They conbine the bestof Waldorf with t bestofindependent private schools. Greenwood School just established an Learning Support Program which has been wonderful for my son. The shool honors Nature and expresses that through its seasonal festivals. They are amazing events. This school was once a small homescool setting and has transformed into this amazing independent private Waldorf Inspired school. Comet the school for a tour. You'll love it!

  • (5 years ago)

    The Greenwood School is an amazing school. As we raise our children in the 21st century a stong environmental education is essential. The Environmental education program is amazing. The schools values are aligned with the programs. It is a 'green'school with recycling composting organic everything. They honor Universal spirituality and educate the soulfulness of the children through nature. They have a wonderful gardening program an award winning Poetry program. The students at Greenwood School have won the 'River of Words' poetry cotact multiple times. The students at Greenwood School spend a day a week out in nature using the environment as the classroom for learning. They have a strong stings program throughout the grades. I highly recommend this school

  • (7 years ago)

    Greenwood School is a wonderful environment. We have three children in the school all very different personalities and they are all thriving and happy. The faculty is remarkable. I cannot think of any better place to send my children for their elementary education.

  • (8 years ago)

    Fantastic Waldorf-Inspired school. A beautiful environment for children. Music art drama are a focus. Learning becomes fun for the children and their natural innate curiosity is able to flourish. A Love of Learning is deveoloped for life. This school has had a very positive impact on our entire family. We love it.

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