School Details

Monterey Bay Charter School

1004 David Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 655-4638
8

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 300 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

18%
56%
56%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Monterey County Office of Education average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

47%
36%
46%
48%
50%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Monterey County Office of Education average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
75%
65%
79%
58%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Monterey County Office of Education average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
45%
60%
96%
9%
65%
88%
60%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Monterey County Office of Education average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
41%
60%
71%
18%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Monterey County Office of Education average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
42%
60%
79%
24%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Monterey County Office of Education average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
50%
86%
28%
57%
100%
20%
52%
91%
24%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Monterey County Office of Education average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Monterey Bay Charter School is a charter middle school in Pacific Grove. The principal of Monterey Bay Charter School is Cassandra Bridge and can be contacted at director@mbcharterschool.org. 300 students attend Monterey Bay Charter School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 3% of the Monterey Bay Charter School students have "limited English proficiency." 34% of the 300 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Monterey Bay Charter School is 20:1. Pacific Grove Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 63% 29%
Asian 3% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Filipino 2% 1%
Hispanic 18% 58%
Multiracial 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.6%
Unspecified 1% 7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 1394%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34% 28%
Limited English proficiency 3% 33%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    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. )

  • (2 years ago)

    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!

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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!

  • (3 years ago)

    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!

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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!

  • (4 years ago)

    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!

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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

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