Swallowtail Waldorf School and Farm


Swallowtail meets the needs of the whole child, while instilling a lifelong love of learning.

An education at Swallowtail includes rigorous academics, exceptional art and music, foreign language, and life training. Swallowtail prepares students for success in future academic and social endeavors. Swallowtail is unique with its 26-acre farm campus, which is part of the curriculum at all ages. The farm is a peaceful place where students do meaningful work and where our vibrant community gathers several times a year for enriching traditions.

Swallowtail Waldorf School's main campus is located in Cornelius, Oregon, just 30 minutes away from Downtown Portland. The Farm campus is located in nearby Hillsboro. Swallowtail School educates students from Preschool through Grade Eight.

The Swallowtail Story

Swallowtail School was founded in 1995 by a community of parents and educators who sought a Waldorf education, rich in the arts and strong in community, for their young children. The first school house was located in a log cabin in Gales Creek, Oregon and had just 7 children. As it grew over the years, Swallowtail moved to Banks and then to Hillsboro. In 2016, Swallowtail purchased its own building in Cornelius, which serves more than 170 students. Swallowtail also owns a 26-acre parcel of farmland in Hillsboro, which serves as an environmental education campus.

Mission Statement:

Artistically educating the whole child. Inspiring gratitude and reverence for humanity, nature, and lifelong learning.

Core Values:

  • Bringing a balance of academic, artistic, and practical activities
  • Instilling confidence and self-reliance
  • Presenting appreciation for truth and beauty
  • Imparting clear thinking with a compassionate heart
  • Developing the capacity to work creatively with life's challenges
  • Fostering a sense of social and environmental responsibility
  • Providing a vibrant school community of caring teachers, staff, parents, and children


  • To be a dynamic school serving Parent-Child through Grade 8 in a small independent setting
  • To be a Waldorf Farm School based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner
  • To work responsibly with the land as stewards
  • To reach out and serve the greater surrounding community

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.