Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017

Monterey Bay Charter School

Mission

Monterey Bay Charter School’s mission is to inspire joyful learning and courageous living.

Vision Statement
The vision of Monterey Bay Charter School is to be a place that strategically, effectively, and in partnership with the community, provides a fully-integrated, Waldorf-inspired public charter school education that reflects our core values and the diversity of the community.

The Big Idea

We will expand and enhance our elective classes by investing in new musical instruments, painting and handwork supplies, traditional metal forging workshops and new computer skills classes.

• The enhancement and expansion of our elective programs will benefit our students, the community and society. Our elective expansion includes a new iron forging class. An instructor will train with a blacksmith in order to teach this traditional lost art to middle school students. At the same time, we will invest in their 21stst century skills by creating new computer labs and contemporary digital skills courses, including word processing, computer-based research and cyber civics – enhancing the students’ understanding of the ethical use of online media.

Studies show that arts education helps students perform well across disciplines. Our investment in new musical instruments, painting materials and handwork (ie knitting and weaving) supplies will enhance our students’ fine motor skills and excitement about the creative arts. Theatrical and musical performances will take place for the community.

Monterey Bay Charter School has a long history of excellence – and grew out of an early and idealistic vision of what charter schools could be. The curriculum embodies what new studies in K-8 education herald as best-practices. Project-based learning, creative and natural applications of STEM, holistic approaches, interdisciplinary arts and sensory engagement are hallmarks of the curriculum that is inspired by a Waldorf model, but is contemporary and committed to diversity. Every day, new educational studies report that the approaches already at the foundation of the MBCS understanding of children and approach to their learning are best practices.

My fourth grader (who struggled with hearing and vision impairment) is flourishing at MBCS, surrounded by a diverse group of children. MBCS is a fixture of the local community. Generations have passed through its doors.

— Enid Baxter Ryce, Age 42, Marina