Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

Monterey Bay Charter School


Mission Statement Monterey Bay Charter School's mission 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

Giving Steam to S.T.E.A.M. is a campaign to build and expand Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math education at Monterey Bay Charter School. We are joining the national initiative to educate young students in these competencies so that many will be motivated to explore these growing career fields. As our school is transitioning to the national new science standards, we have committed to a plan to build more S.T.E.A.M. offerings throughout our educational program. This will require an investment in materials and curriculum, and for critical professional staff development so that our faculty can lead this new material with skill and knowledge. To expand S.T.E.A.M., a new class will be offered this school year as an elective for our middle-school, grades 6th-8th grades. S.T.E.A.M. components will also be added to the elementary grades in the current mystery, garden and other classes. Finally, because MBCS has a deep commitment to empirical learning through field trips, we will also be adding S.T.E.A.M. related field trips. At MBCS we believe that it is crucial to educate and prepare the next generation of the American, and global workforce.

As the parent of two students, what sets MBCS apart from other schools is the focus on developing not only a very competent, but confident person. Most institutions can teach the necessary curriculum, but it takes an intentional effort on the part of the entire school to help a child develop a sense of "self" that cannot be easily unraveled. At MBCS, the children learn to shift their attention from how they rank relative to their peers, to how they compare to the best version of themselves. The effect is a profound realization that eludes many adults: academic abilities and struggles are not a reflection of a person's value. Unraveling their self-worth from their abilities frees MBCS students from any hesitation to go deeper into all areas of study. For these students, learning truly becomes a passion rather than a benchmark; opening them up to unparalleled creativity and engagement.

- Jennifer Murphy