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Nov 11 - Dec 31, 2021

Monterey Bay Charter School

Mission

Monterey Bay Charter School is a TK-8 public school serving the Monterey Peninsula. Committed to educating the whole child, the school endeavors to foster each child’s full potential. Founded in 1998, Monterey Bay Charter School is guided by the Core Principles for Public Waldorf Education and is a member of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.

The Big Idea

The Monterey Bay Charter school pivoted during the pandemic to provide outdoor classroom spaces, an outdoor wood shop and picnic tables to help students learn and play outside. This nonprofit’s Big Idea continues Learning in the Great Outdoors, raising funds for an outdoor theater space and additional tables and sun shades necessary for safe and fun learning for students in transitional kindergarten through eighth grade. This outdoor theater will help students continue putting on productions and attending music classes, and will also be a celebratory space for graduation ceremonies.

"My name is Dessi Gnann and we have been an MBCS family for 10 years. My son Alexander graduated 8th grade two years ago, Nicholas is an upcoming 8th grader and William is going into 6th grade. MBCS is not just a school for us, it is an extension of our home. We consider the teachers and staff part of our family. We feel this way because every day the MBCS teachers and staff apply the Waldorf principles of Head, Heart, and Hands education. The school teaches holistically, educating the whole child with programs that exceed State standards. MBCS programs also take care of each child, as an individual, and each family is a precious part of the community. We are so thankful for our MBCS community."

- Dessi Gnann