Wishing Well School is a non-profit that offers a preschool, a mixed-age kindergarten and a first/second/third and fourth/fifth grade class, inspired by Waldorf education located in Los Osos on the central coast of California.

Our program is open to children 3 through 11 years old and is taught by certified Waldorf and California credentialed teachers. Our early childhood programs operate as a state licensed childcare center, facility number 406213675. Our elementary grades program operates as a private school registered with the state.

In the preschool and kindergarten there is an emphasis on play, imagination and nature. Children are encouraged to play, explore and imagine in a loving environment filled with natural materials.  Daily activities provide a comforting and reliable rhythm, including bread making and baking, watercolor painting, beeswax modeling, and puppet plays. Songs, nature walks, gardening and stories honor the natural world and changing seasons. The children learn to play harmoniously with an established circle of friends.

The first/second/third grade class curriculum includes an introduction and deepening of math and language arts, music, flute, form drawing, Spanish language, handwork (knitting, crochet, natural dyeing and cross stitch), gardening, games class (P.E), painting, sculpting, nature science study, field trips and drama.

We are also offering a Wednesday 11am-2:30pm Homeschool Enrichment program.

Tours 2017:

Interested in visiting Wishing Well School or learning more about Waldorf education? We offer several opportunities throughout the year to visit our campus and experience Waldorf education and our school community. Come for Open House or visit during one of our seasonal festivals or informational speaker series.

Tour the Early Childhood Program

Please register to attend.




Tour the Grades – Personal tours are available by request. Contact the front office at 805-235-4401 to reserve your spot.

Come see the magic that is the Preschool & Kindergarten. Experience the richness of the curriculum in the teaching demonstrations of 1st – 3rd grades. All are welcome!


We are a developing member of Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.

I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I do think the same is true of human beings. We do not wish to see children precocious, making great strides in their early years like sprouts, producing a soft and perishable timber, but better if they expand slowly at first, as if contending with difficulties, and are solidified and perfected.  Such trees continue to expand with nearly equal rapidity to extreme old age.— Henry David Thoreau