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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: www.shotsforschool.org
Annual Open House:
The Open House includes open classrooms, talk with teachers and parents, review curriculum, subjects taught, and extra-curricular program. Kindergarten teachers are also on site with classroom materials and available to answer questions.
Tours by Appointment Only
Please schedule a tour of either our Monterey campus, for prospective Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd Grade students, or our Pacific Grove campus, for prospective 3rd Grade through 8th Grade students. All participants must register prior to the school tour. Call our PG campus office in advance, if you need to cancel your appointment: 831-655-4638.
Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
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School Campuses and Office Hours
The Foothill Campus is located at 1700 Via Casoli in Monterey. Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade students attend the Foothill campus. The Foothill Campus office is open by appointment only Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
1st and 2nd Grade: M, T, W, F 8:30 am to 3:00 pm and Th 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
3rd – 8th Grade: M, T, W, F 8:15 am to 3:15 pm and Th 8:15 am to 1:15 pm.
MBCS does not offer school buses. We encourage carpooling amongst families who have students at both campuses.
Morning and After Care
Morning Care at the Foothill Campus
7:15 am to 8:15 am. Drop off your child at the school office.
Morning Care at the Pacific Grove Campus
7:15 am to 8:00 am . Drop off your child at the Resource Room.
After Care at the Foothill Campus
12:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Students can be picked up at the school office.
After Care at the Pacific Grove Campus
3:15 pm to 6:00 pm and 1:15pm to 6:00 pm on Thursdays. Students can be picked up at the Resource Room.
Monterey Bay Charter School will provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. Families can sign up for complimentary breakfast and lunch for their student(s) on ParentSquare.
Please Note: All lunch orders must be placed by Wednesday at midnight for the following week. You may pre-order as many weeks as you would like. These lunches are complementary and delivered to your student’s classroom. Order Your Lunch Here.
2022-2023 Monterey Bay Charter School Calendar
Family Giving and School Supplies
Family Giving and School Supply donations can be made here.
We only ask that every student come to school with a backpack, reusable lunch bag and layered clothing each day. Please refer to the dress code in the Family Handbook.
Sample of the amazing school supplies we provide to each student at MBCS:
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.
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
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.
- Benchmark tests
- Standardized tests
- In class tests and quizzes
- 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.
- Story Telling
- Dramatic Acting
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.
More for information about our Special Education Program, please visit this website.
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