Discover an education where children develop a lifelong love of learning.


As a parent, you care deeply about your child, their education, and their future.

You’ve explored the possibilities and want a school that fits your values and provides the best foundation for your child’s success.


At Swallowtail, we prepare our students for a successful future by fostering capacities “outside the bubble.” Our grades 1 through 8 curricula ensure readiness for high school academic excellence while also teaching what can’t be taught in textbooks or measured on standardized tests:

creativity - collaboration - compassion


Swallowtail is a small, independent school with a main campus in Cornelius and a unique farm campus in Hillsboro. Our families live primarily in the Tualatin Valley —from Forest Grove to Beaverton; Gaston to Tigard; some even commute in from Portland to give their children the high-quality, comprehensive education for which Swallowtail is known.


Swallowtail offers:

  • PreK-8th Grade

  • Smaller class sizes

  • Outdoor education

  • Academics that nurture curiosity and critical thinking

  • A vibrant arts and music curriculum

  • Rich and deep Spanish curriculum

  • Hands-on academic and social lessons on our farm campus

  • Excellent teachers

  • An active and supportive community


See for yourself how Swallowtail can help your child develop a life-long love of learning.



“My girls have been at Swallowtail for 7 years!

I have never met more caring, intelligent and dedicated teachers. It’s the perfect blend of strong academics, artistic training, and character building.”
— Brandy Oglesby via Facebook

“This is the third year that my three daughters have attended Swallowtail.

We have loved their teachers, who are extremely committed and caring to each of our daughters. We have chosen Swallowtail as an alternative to public education, because of the excessive amount of standardize test taking and homework that is often thrown at elementary school age children. My daughters are being challenged academically, and they love to go to school each morning.”
— Parent via

“Our 5th grader started at Swallowtail in 1st grade.

Prior to Swallowtail he attended Pacific University’s Early Learning Community for pre-school and kindergarten. We were looking for a school with smaller class sized and a similar welcoming environment as Pacific. Swallowtail appealed to us (and still does) with its small class size, methodology for teaching that engenders a love of learning in an environment of respect and warmth between faculty, students and parents.”
— Denise B. via Yelp

“We’ve had one daughter graduate and one still in middle school at Swallowtail and we are so grateful for their experience!

The teachers are phenomenally committed to the children’s learning and the overall tone of the school has always been nurturing. Not only are the academics strong and balanced, there is an emphasis on the whole person, which creates well-rounded learners and people.”
— Ericka Goerling via Facebook

“My son has been with Swallowtail since kindergarten and is now in the 7th grade and I highly recommend it to other parents.

The curriculum prepares children for both future academic and social challenges and the environmental education (there is an additional 26-acre farm campus) promotes great responsibility.  This is a well rounded educational experience that helps develop sharp, motivated and emotionally strong young humans.”
— Parent via

“We’ve been at Swallowtail since our daughter was in kindergarten.

It was the first school we visited where we finally felt we'd found the perfect environment for our daughter. Our daughter is creative and independent and we value the schools principles and philosophy which supports her individuality. We also love the ways in which the core curriculum is taught with purpose and meaning for a deeper understanding of each subject.
— JJ P. via Yelp



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We honor your commitment to your child’s education… and their life-long love of learning.


Swallowtail School is a non-profit, self-administered school with a dedicated Faculty, Administration, and Board of Trustees. The school is a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. It joins a global community of more than 1,200 Waldorf schools that have made a commitment toward progressive education and social renewal.