Now enrolling! The lottery application for the 2021-2022 school year has closed. The MBCS lottery for the 2021-2022 school year was held on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. (PST). Applications submitted after March 1, 2021, will be put on a waitlist. An offer of enrollment will be made as seats become available through the end of the school year.

For additional information, please email the MBCS Office at


Immunization Requirements

California state law requires that children receive a course of immunizations to attend school or day care in California. Personal Belief Exemptions are no longer accepted. In addition, medical exemptions need to be filled through CAIR-ME ( California Immunization Registry Medical Exemption).

Kindergarten Entry: Students must be fully immunized according to State requirements.
7th Grade Entry: A Tdap booster is required by the State in addition to all other previously required immunizations. A student must be fully immunized or he/she will not be admitted to school.

For more information on immunization requirements, please visit:

Virtual Open House

Tours & Classroom Observations:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer on-campus tours and information sessions at this time. Please watch our virtual tour video below to get a look inside our engaging learning spaces.

The Virtual Open House video includes open classrooms, talk with teachers and parents, review curriculum, subjects taught, and extra-curricular program. Kindergarten teachers are also available to answer questions.

Virtual Tours

The School Tour goes virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Monterey Bay Charter School is unable to offer on-campus tours and information sessions at this time. Please watch our virtual tour video below to get a look inside our engaging learning spaces.

Kindergarten / Seaside Campus:
1540 Elm Ave, Seaside, CA 93955 (Directions)

Grades 2-8 / PG Campus:
1004 David Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 (Directions)



Subject Classes

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MBCS’s curriculum and approach to teaching reflects the developmental stages of childhood. The school participates in Common Core State testing and uses benchmark testing to determine and track academic proficiency and fluency. All class teachers hold a California teaching credential and receive Waldorf training.

Methods derive from an instructional model that recognizes the specific developmental stages of the child. The educational philosophy views education as an art, so each subject, whether math, biology or English, is presented in a way that addresses the child’s developmental stage. Each subject is presented through direct experience and is often augmented with art, poetry, music, or drama.

In the early grades, the curriculum provides an unhurried way of learning that protects childhood while encouraging children’s creative expression and fostering their imagination. As children mature, the learning process accelerates and provides a program that meets students where they are developmentally.

The teacher’s aim is to draw out the child’s inherent capacities by creating an atmosphere in the classroom that fills the children with interest, wonder and enthusiasm.

Class Size
The school has three Kindergarten classes, two classes in each of the 2nd-8th grades. Class sizes are 24 students for each Kindergarten, 26 students for each class in grades one through four, and 27 students for each class in grades 5th-8th class. Class teachers typically stay with the same class through the course of several grade levels, enabling a strong understanding of the students and their progress.
Class Teacher
Each elementary school child (grades 1-8) begins and ends the school day with an individual greeting and a firm handshake from the Class Teacher. Teachers often say with students for several years.

This continuity enables a deep understanding of each student’s strengths and challenges and supports the development of a rich social dynamic in the class. The class teacher is also able to bring continuity to the curriculum as well, unifying the various disciplines over the years. At the same time, working with new subject matter at every grade level inspires class teachers with enthusiasm.

The morning Main Lesson immerses the students in a particular academic subject of the curriculum over three or four weeks, and each child produces a hand written and illustrated Main Lesson book for each subject. The class teacher works with each child to draw out the child’s strengths and focus on areas in need of improvement.

Student Evaluation & Reporting
Students are evaluated through comprehensive written reports sent to parents at the end of the school year. Grades and traditional report cards are not given, however, formal parent/teacher conferences are held twice in the school year providing a detailed progress report for each student. Benchmark testing is administered in each grade and students take the California standardized test each spring.

Teaching methods include:

  • Teacher-led explicit instruction.
  • Student discovery.
  • Group work and independent practice.
  • Peer study groups.
  • Structured and guided practice.
  • Regular assessment and re-teaching as necessary.

Assessment Tools:

  • Benchmark tests
  • Standardized tests
  • In class tests and quizzes
  • Portfolios
  • Observation/evaluation
  • Self-evaluation
  • Group projects

Special points of interest:

  • Teachers may stay with their class from grade to grade, however, most loop up only with the lower grades or upper grades.
  • Handwork and Spanish instruction begins in grade one.
  • Norm referenced state standardized tests are administered in compliance with state law.
  • The curriculum and deep learning approach prepares students well for high school. Students attend their local high school, a private high school such as York, or a program such as MAOS at Monterey High School.
Waldorf-Inspired Method
With the Waldorf-Inspired method, the class teacher involves the children in the subject through the following methods:

  • Presentation
  • Story Telling
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Recitation
  • Dramatic Acting
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Movement

Throughout the lesson, the teacher amplifies the subject matter and the students add to their Main Lesson books. The involvement of the students in the Main Lesson develops active listening, imagination, memory and verbal skills.

Special Education
Our focus is to provide each student with high quality, effective specialized academic instruction and related support services to support each learner in achieving their full educational, emotional, vocational, and social potential. The type of support each student needs, and how it is delivered, is determined through evaluations/assessments and in collaboration with parents and the school’s IEP Team (Individualized Education Program).

More for information about our Special Education Program, please visit this website.

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