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K-8
Public charter
Pacific Grove, CA
Students enrolled: 300
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1004 David Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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(831) 655-4638
(831) 655-4815
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April 08, 2014
This is a top notch school. The teachers are enthusiastic and well trained. I like the fact that the teachers go from 1st to 8th with the students or at least halfway in some cases (works well as some teachers prefer the younger students while others prefer teaching the older students. There is great parental involvement and there is a feeling of being a part of a large family here. I feel as my child is well connected and well taken care of as well as being encouraged to think beyond the box. Problematic though, is the amount of teachers let go in the last decade, there has been one average of one per year. For a small school, this is significant. There needs to be more support for the teachers in this school. It's a headache to have to try to explain why so and so teacher was let go, to a student bonded and thriving in that particular class. We are almost done, but I wonder if there is another teacher on the chopping block this year.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2014
This is my second year as a parent in this school. I have two children attending. My son LOVES the place and is very happy with everything. My daughter is graduating this year. The staff, the administration, and the support staff are truly excellent and will go above and beyond to make sure your child is doing well. They are in the process of opening a high school and I am sure it will be a success story as well. I highly recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
This is my first year working at this school, as well as my first introduction to a Waldorf education. The whole atmosphere of this school is calm. I am very impressed with the affection the teachers have for each other and for their students. They are some of the kindest and most patient individuals it has ever been my good fortune to work with. The students begin with a teacher in first grade and both teacher and students move to the next grade level, all the way up to 8th grade. I believe this increases not only the bonding between teacher and student, but also is at least partially, if not wholly, responsible for the overall attitude of calmness in each classroom, as well as the respect the students have for their teachers. There is also an emphasis on the children's developmental stages, with many varied activities that help to develop both gross and fine motor skills. This is not a school that believes in sitting a child down at a desk for 6 1/2 hours five days a week. There are ample opportunities for them to exercise and move, with this movement being incorporated into the lessons themselves. I wish every school was a Waldorf school!

- submitted by a teacher
June 29, 2013
I went to Monterey Bay Charter School from Kindergarten through 5th grade, then I moved to a different state for 6th and 7th. At first I was so happy to get away from MBCS because I was sick of it for some reason, but then in the summer of 6th grade I realized how amazing this school is. The classes are SO close, but welcome new students in as family. The teachers are amazing, and you learn by using art such as drawing, painting, knitting, clay working, strings class, poetry, and so much more! I love Monterey Bay Charter School so much that I just can't stay away, I'm going back for 8th grade. I would HIGHLY recommend this school if you want your child to learn, be happy, and make lifelong friends like I did. :)

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2013
MBCS is an amazingly creative school thanks to the multi-talented teachers and staff. I feel lucky to have found them as an alternative to mainstream education. Waldorf is definitely the way to go if you want your kids to think outside of the box!

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2012
I volunteered as a classroom helper because I am interested in becoming a teacher, and I found the curriculum and teachers to be amazing. The Waldorf-inspired curriculum is designed to slowly introduce children to "real life," rather than dumping them into it. As a result, they retain a sense of wonder about and appreciation for the world, rather than learning that "life sucks, then you die." The teachers use methods that gently but firmly teach the children excellent memorization and observation skills, so I am not surprised that their test scores are high despite the fact that the curriculum does not "teach to the test" at all. Although I do see evidence of the "clique"-y nature some parents have mentioned (especially groups of girls who can't get enough of each other, and shun anyone who looks or acts "strange"--pretty familiar from my childhood, too!) It seems less bad than at most schools I've seen. There are many military families, and even those students who were there only temporarily seemed well accepted and integrated into the classroom scene.

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2012
My three children loved the school. It is very "artsy" and eco-friendly. Parents are huge supporters and help teach and guide the children. One parent was on the water conservation board and shared all of her learned information. We had regular field trips. My seventh grade daughter spent a week camping in Big Sur, My third grader, went to spend a week at an organic farm. We rode a bus to a bakery and made bread. The kids learn by hands on projects. While I loved how they incorporated language and writing in everything, I felt the math was a little lackluster. Not a traditional school - kids are very much in charge of their education and learn how to incorporate learning in life.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
Can't say enough good about this school. My son was previously at a MPUSD school then a local Catholic school and neither can compare with MBCS. The academics here are at least as good if not better. I have seen no discipline problems but neither is their discipline for discipline's sake. My son hated school until he got here. Now he loves it and is learning well. I have no idea what the parent above is referencing regarding the adminstration and any sort of favoritism. I haven't seen that at all.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2011
I am so impressed with this school! The teachers are so caring and responsive to my children and to me, my children are happy and excited to go to school each day and they come home singing songs they've learned and recited long poems that their classes recite each day. The curriculum is so rich and interesting - I wish I could go to this school too! I like that the school focuses on educating the whole child rather than making academics everything. My son has a learning disability and is getting extra help - but he's still doing well and his latest STAR test results were very good considering his learning challenges. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2011
I am so glad we are part of this community, because the school is more than a school, it is a community. The staff and faculty are caring and work hard. The children enjoy learning and I love how they hold the Waldorf traditions and still meet and exceed state standards. There is handwork, music, Spanish, games, technology and much more. It is a great well rounded education!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
The school is great but it is hard when you stay with the same teacher for years because if you don't like them you will have to leave the school unless you get a new teacher witch has happened to my friends.

- submitted by a community member
March 19, 2011
Unfortunate when a schools leadership has no idea how to truly administer, or to lead. This school has great potential but its administration is stuck and running the school right into the ground. The teachers are wonderful for the most part. The hands on education and waldorf inspiration inspires the children to enjoy their lessons. The future of this school depends on removal of the buddy-system thriving in the administration office.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2010
We pulled our son out of a troubled class at Bayview elementary at the end of 4th grade and have never looked back. Two man items: the admin staff. Heavens, I serve as chair of a commitee and see the result of these folks work every month trying to keeping the school solvent and operating. I cannot imagine a more dedicated staff. 2 **Academics: Each of the four years the school has been chartered through the County, the school's API score, which reflects student proficiency in language, history, math, and science, has risen. The latest STAR test score went up to 850, a significant increase over last year's score of

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2010
At MBCS the teachers are very dedicated, the administration is mediocre. Because the school budget is a shoestring, it can be difficult to meet the extremely high expectations of parent involvement if you live out of the area, a single parent, work, and can not be as constantly on site as the locals. In my daughter's class last year there was plenty of drama from over involved parents who are cliquish, prone to squabbles, and power struggles, that were expressed in seemingly constant seething emails (to everyone) that became very tiresome. The teacher finally cried "STOP"! in a very nice Waldorf way. My son's class was at times led by the parents while the teacher seemed to step back. I want the teachers to lead not the parents. With MBCS expectations of extreme parent involvement, it becomes it's own negative, EXTREME PARENT INVOLVEMENT! I participate as I can then go home.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2010
I find myself concerned about some of the parents who are strongly Waldorf-ites who I also see tending to be extremely protective and limiting of their children's experiences whether it be by any media influences or even other children who are media savvy- as if it would seriously damage or steal their innocence. I'm not advocating throwing the kids out to the wolves, however I fear that parent overprotective behaviors in this day and age can come back and bite the parent years later when their older children finally have a taste of freedom. I've seen it happen. I really like the Waldorf ideas, and I think it is also important to stay current, real, and allow kids to experience and learn to "deal" with some things that may be tough, after all, that's real life learning!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2010
This school seemed ok at first and the Waldorf method sounded interesting but it was disappointing. The students remain with the same teacher from kindergarden through eight grade and that is problamatic. If your child starts at a later grade they will be the "outsider" in the children's already established "clicks". Some of the students have parents who work at the school and these children will get special treatment because of this, even to the point of the school's "Chair" ( that is what they call the principal) not taking any disciplinary action in order to protect them and keep up the school's reputation. The principal " talks the talk" but lacks leadership skills and doesn't follow school's policies. Bullying is an issue as well. I also found this is not actual Waldorf but rather Waldorf inspired. The American Waldorf Association does not endorse this school. Don't send your kids there!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
This was my daughter's first year here.Although she loved it and the teacher was very good to her, I am a single mother that works A LOT.They do not have very much understanding for these kinds of situations.This school is geared for two parent families where the mother is a stay at home mom and can afford to be at their 9 out of 10 mandatory gatherings that are during working hours.Parent involvent is mandatory, meetings are mandtory, volunteering is mandatory. I think the school is quite imiginative, but the children learn very little about real life here.Also, MBCS moves around from site to site and has no permanent home as of yet that I have been made aware of. I am going to keep my daughter there for the next school year, but will explore other avenues.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
Both my children attended the MBCS. The school offers smaller class sizes and a wonderful staff. The teachers and staff truly care about the students. Thank you for making my daughter's middle school years memorable. I'm sorry that this is our last year there. You have taught my daughter's some very valuable lessons.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2010
Parents will find nothing quite like this school anywhere in the area. Beyond the Waldorf curriculum, with its emphasis on the love of learning and the potential of every child across multiple intelligences, the community has been inspirational. Parents are highly involved, as noted in other reviews but beyond that, the teachers and the children themselves are all truly involved with one another. MBCS is proof that a solid institution transcends its mere structures; despite a somewhat gypsy existence as far as physical locations over the years, the community's coherence and dedication shine through with great consistency. Entering a classroom at this school can be a transformational event in changing your expectations about what school can be about. Understanding the different approach of the school can take a bit of work from parents -- we've all been conditioned by schools to expect something else -- but it is well worth it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
I love Monterey Bay Charter School because the children are encouraged to be creative and the parents are very much involved in helping and volunteering at the school

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 25, 2009
Monterey Bay Charter School takes a wonderful approach to teaching and learning, and really enable each student to become their potential.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
I love Monterey Bay Charter School because it offers free Waldorf inspired education . The school has a strong sense of community. Teachers treat the students with respect offering them to grow as indiviuals with its unique cirriculum.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
The teachers and staff offer a truely caring and supportive environment that is developmentally appropriate and appreciates the individual child.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
The children actually get to work with their hands and make things. I teach them to knit, crochet, and sew, work with clay.

- submitted by a teacher
September 19, 2009
The faculty know and love our kids, our kids love learning, and committed parents create a supportive community

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
The teachers are caring and work to provide an open, welcoming classroom where children and their talents are embraced. This school offers small classrooms and encourages parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Our school lets students experience the whole world's wisdom of the ages so they can grow into their wisest selves. I love our community!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 17, 2009
I love the Waldorf inspired methods. Every teacher is dedicated to every child in their classroom. The school's parent community is strong.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The community. The dedication. The hand, heart & mind Waldorf method that embraces the whole child and teaches them at developmentally logical steps.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Monterey Bay Charter School is the jewel in the crown of alternative and public education in the Monterey Bay area. Every student sings, recites inspiring poetry, plays instruments, paints, knits and sews, learns Spanish, and engages in movement activities. They make their own handwritten textbooks replete with beautiful artwork. We have storytelling. Desks, worksheets and diluted texts are secondary. Busywork is nil. And yet...our API is solid. We teach 'the whole child' - head, heart and hands. There is nowehere else I would rather teach. Oh - and it's tuition FREEEEE! I love our school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Because it is a loving community of caring adults and happy children who are getting what they need in an education.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Our school uses an art based curriculum, and de-emphasizes grades and testing. The children learn to love education and become well rounded individuals. The parents volunteer much time to make our community a very special for children and families, alike.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Our K-8 Charter School embraces Waldorf traditions and our children blossom as a result! Wonderful festivals and celebrations dot our calendars and enrich our school experience. Our children are excited to get to school each day to greet their teachers and embark on another great classroom adventure!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2008
My daughters have attended the school for a total of five years. One is gifted and the other has severe learning disabilities. This school has nurtured a love of learning and inspired them on many levels - from compassion, art, appreciation for nature and enjoyment in the wonder of childhood. I highly recommend a visit to this school!

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2008
I am a teacher at this school, but more importantly I am also a parent of a 6th grade student. I have worked at private Waldorf Schools and this one is just as good ... and it is free! I like that this a public school open to anyone who wants to come.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2008
As a teacher at Monterey Bay Charter School, I can hardly imagine a better place to spend my days. MBCS enjoys a uniquely supportive and loving community atmosphere, and an equally unique focus on cultivating the capacities of the whole child through the arts as well as academics. With small classes, it's manageable, productive, and fun. Each day I'm delighted to greet my wonderful class, colleagues, and families.

- submitted by a teacher
November 03, 2008
I am a huge fan of the holistic, art-based education provided to my children at the Monterey Bay Charter School. The Waldorf-inspired method has proven itself immensely effective in the way I have seen the learning unfold in their early grades. Kindergarten is an experience I shall treasure forever. The community we share has been a positive force in our home as well. I am grateful that we are able to be participants at the Monterey Bay Charter School!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2008
This is a school that my child is happy to come to every day - and I wish I had learned all the things he learns! Great teachers, great community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2008
It is a great School for kids we are a big happy family .

- submitted by a student
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Monterey Bay Charter School
1004 David Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA  93950
(831) 655-4638
Last modified Monterey Bay Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Monterey Bay Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top