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Enrollment

Click HERE for the 2018-19 application. 


All applications received from November 1, 2017 to 4:00 pm on March 1, 2018 will be entered into a random drawing (lottery) on March 16, 2018. Offers of enrollments will commence immediately after the random drawing.

Prospective parents are encouraged to sign up for a tour of the Kindergarten and/or the Grades campus. Click HERE for the Tours page with information on how to participate. 

Applications for the CURRENT School Year

Click HERE to complete an application for the 2017-18 school year.

The annual random drawing (lottery) for openings in the 2017-18 school year was held March 17th and applications made after that date are added to wait lists by the date the application is received. As openings come up, offers are made in accordance with the wait lists.

Applications received will be added to the wait list (after lottery applicants) by date and time received. 

Note: Applications for enrollment do not roll over to the following year. A new application is required for each year's lottery. If you were in the lottery in the previous year you may be eligible for a high preference (see application for details.)

Due to the volume of applications and the continually changing wait list, MBCS does not initiate contact until there is an opening available for an applicant, which may be at any time. It is important to update the school if there are any changes to your phone or email contact information. Current wait list status can be obtained by calling the school at 831-655-4638 after March 27th.

Tours and Classroom Observations

Go to the 'Tours'
page to see the dates and times for all tours and observations while school is in session. 

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, exemptions are not valid upon entering 7th grade.
KINDERGARTEN ENTRY: Students entering Kindergarten must be fully immunized according to State requirements. 
7th GRADE ENTRY: When a student is entering 7th grade, a Tdap booster for whooping cough 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. 
Go HERE for information about immunization requirements. Go HERE for information about Conditional Enrollment.

Kindergarten - A Play-Based Approach to Learning


Early childhood education experts agree that the years from birth to age eight are a critical learning time for children. During these years, children have many cognitive, emotional, physical, and social tasks to accomplish. Learning to read, write, and compute are undeniably important skills for children to acquire. The question is how and when these skills should be learned.  MBCS believes a play-based approach to learning is developmentally appropriate for kindergarten age students. In fact, play is an important ingredient in all grades at MBCS!

Kindergarten students turning 5 between September 1st and December 2 will be enrolled in a two-year Kindergarten program that will benefit the child's preparedness for 1st grade.

Please read a full description of the Kindergarten program before submitting an Enrollment Request. Go to the Curriculum Overview page.

Play-based Kindergarten is no longer the norm in U.S. public schools, however, it is considered an essential foundation year in other successful countries. This article about Denmark school system, for example, is informative and sites other articles that support this approach.

YouTube video "Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain, Much to Lose"


Program

The school has worked hard to make sure Common Core State standards are met and student achievement is high in standardized testing while using an educational approach that is significantly different from mainstream public education. 

Core instruction in English language arts, math, social studies and science are taught by a Class Teacher who may stay with the class for more than one grade, which is called looping. Typically, a teacher will stay with a class from 1st to 5th or 6th to 8th. Kindergarten teachers only teach kindergarten, though! 

In addition, instruction is given by a subject teachers in music, handwork, games, woodworking, fine art and Spanish.

Art and illustration are integrated into all lessons giving academics a beauty and a depth of learning.

The school has a robust music program: 1st-3rd graders learn to play the pentatonic flute and recorder. All 4th graders are provided a violin and taught to play and continue with strings through 5th grade. The 6th-8th grades have elective choices in band and orchestra. The school also has a partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival to develop the school's middle school band program. In addition to the instrumental music program, all students have a Singing teacher.

The 6th-8th grade students have a choice of electives: band, orchestra, fine art, technology, and woodworking. In addition, there are extra-curricular activities offered such as Model U.N., MathCounts Competition, musical theater performance, and choir competition. Student Council is available to all students who want to participate.

Also available to 6th-8th grades is a full inter-scholastic sports program that includes soccer, flag football, volleyball, bowling, track and field, and basketball.


Class Sizes

22   Kindergarten with Teacher Assistant

26   Two 1st Grades with Teacher Assistant

26   Two 2nd - 8th Grades (currently two classes through 6th grade and growing each year until there are two classes through 8th grade)


Students enjoy an education at MBCS that is engaging, hands-on and, most importantly, structured to meet them where they are developmentally. You are encouraged to learn all you can about a public Waldorf education!