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Mission and Core Principles

"The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art – it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind.”  -Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925)

Mission Statement

Monterey Bay Charter School's mission to inspire joyful learning and courageous living.

Vision Statement

The vision of Monterey Bay Charter School is to be a place that strategically, effectively, and in partnership with the community, provides a fully-integrated, Waldorf-inspired public charter school education that reflects our core values and the diversity of the community.

Core Values

Community:  MBCS views itself as a Waldorf-inspired community. As such we learn from each other, and collaborate to make a positive impact on the world around us and on future generations. We find inspiration in the following social motto:

“The healthy social life is found
When in the mirror of each human soul
The whole community finds its reflection;
And when in the community
The virtue of each one is living.”

Children: MBCS holds the value of teaching children in a developmentally appropriate way: an artful, imaginative way that leads them to wholeness, which is defined as intellect balanced with heart wisdom, served by a vigorous will. Healthy childhood creates a profound connection to the natural world and humanity. Healthy children have a capacity for courage and an ability to take on the world in a compassionate, creative way.

Creativity: MBCS values and actively fosters all creative expression. We strive to educate children to become adults who think creatively and thus are able to see novel solutions to issues faced by the global community.  We strive to educate children to value beauty. We empower children to shape their own lives.

Communication: We strive to focus on communication that respects the rights of others and accepts the diverse viewpoints of a community. We believe in honest, open, and compassionate listening and speaking.

Integrity: Integrity is defined as our ability as individuals and as a Waldorf-inspired school community to implement and live the four core values outlined above. The values of community, children, creativity, and communication are all strands which are interwoven and interconnected to constitute the whole. Integrity in these values is created in our hearts, formed by our minds and put forth to the world through our actions.

Alliance for Public Waldorf Schools - Core Principles

As a member of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education, MBCS is committed to the principles listed below. They ensure that Public Waldorf education is ever-evolving, and continuously renewed through practice, research, observation, and active reflection.  

1. Image of the Human Being:

Public Waldorf education is founded on a coherent image of the developing human being.

·        Each human being is a unique individual who brings specific gifts, creative potential, and intentions to this life. Public Waldorf education addresses multiple aspects of the developing child including the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, cultural, moral, and spiritual. Through this, each child is helped to integrate into a maturing whole, able to determine a unique path through life.  

·        Rudolf Steiner’s educational insights are seen as a primary, but not exclusive, source of guidance for an understanding of the image of the human being.

2. Child Development:

An understanding of child development guides all aspects of the educational program.  

·        Human development proceeds in approximate 7-year phases. Each phase has characteristic physical, emotional, and cognitive dimensions and a primary learning orientation.

·        State and federal mandates, including standardized testing and college and career readiness, are met through our developmental perspective. This requires creativity and may stimulate innovation.

·        The Public Waldorf curriculum and teaching methodologies address the needs of the individual and class in order to support comprehensive learning and healthy, balanced development. Public Waldorf schools use a few key, distinctive methodological guidelines to accomplish this.

3. Social Change through Education:

Public Waldorf education exists to serve both the individual and society.

·        Public Waldorf education seeks to offer the most supportive conditions possible for the development of each student’s unique capacities and for engendering the following qualities to work towards positive social change:

o   A harmonious relationship between thinking, feeling, and willing;

o   Self-awareness and social competence;

o   Developmentally appropriate, academically informed, independent thinking;

o   The initiative and confidence necessary to transform intentions into realities; and

o   An interest in the world, with active respect and a feeling of responsibility for oneself, one’s community, and the environment.

·        Such individuals will be able to participate meaningfully in society.

4. Human Relationships:

Public Waldorf Schools foster a culture of healthy relationships.

·        Enduring relationships -- and the time needed to develop them -- are central to Public Waldorf education. The teacher works with each student and class as a whole to support relationship-based learning.

·        Healthy working relationships with parents, colleagues, and all stakeholders are essential to the well being of the student, class, and school community. Everyone benefits from a community life that includes festivals, events, adult education, study, and volunteer activities.

·        Public Waldorf education encourages collaboration in schools, within the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education, among all schools working out of a developmental approach, in conjunction with the broader field of education.

5. Access and Diversity:

Public Waldorf Schools work to increase diversity and access to all sectors of society.  

·        Public Waldorf schools respond to unique demands and cultures in a wide range of locations in order to provide maximum access to a diverse range of students.  Schools work towards ensuring that students do not experience discrimination in admission, retention, or participation.

·        Public Waldorf schools and teachers have the freedom and responsibility to creatively meet the developmental needs of the students with the most inclusive possible approaches for all learners.

·        The Public Waldorf curriculum may be modified to reflect the student population in the school.

6. Collaborative Leadership:

School leadership is conducted through shared responsibilities within established legal structures.

·        Faculty, staff, administration and boards of a Public Waldorf school collaborate to guide and lead the school with input from stakeholder groups. To the greatest extent possible, decisions related to the curriculum are the responsibility of those faculty and staff with knowledge and experience of Rudolf Steiner’s educational insights.

·        Governance and internal administration are implemented in a manner that cultivates active collaboration, supportive relationships, effective leadership, consequential action, and accountability. A Public Waldorf school is committed to studying and deepening its understanding of best practices of governance appropriate to its stage of organizational development.

7. Schools as Learning Communities:

Public Waldorf schools cultivate a love of lifelong learning and self-knowledge.

·        Public Waldorf education emphasizes continuous engagement in learning and self-reflective practices that support ongoing improvement. At the individual and classroom level, teachers reflect regularly on their observations of the students and of the educational process. Essential aspects of school-wide work and professional development include self-reflection, peer review, faculty and individual study, artistic activity, and research.

·        Rudolf Steiner is a primary, but not exclusive, source of guidance for developing an active inner, meditative life and an understanding of the dynamics within society.

·        Public Waldorf schools encourage all community members to engage in active and ongoing ways to enhance their capacities as human beings through self-reflection and conscious social engagement.