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Thank you for supporting Urban Montessori Charter School, the only public Montessori school in Oakland! Your financial contribution is greatly appreciated and helps support our operating expenses, professional development for our hard working teachers, and the purchase of Montessori materials for our mixed-age classrooms. 


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Admissions

Apply for 2018-2019

Urban Montessori Charter School (UMCS) is a free, TK-8th grade, public charter school. To enroll, children must be five years old by December 2, 2018 and reside in California.

Our school, along with 90% of other charter schools across the city, is using a common application called Enroll Oakland Charters. The application is available online at http://www.enrolloak.org/. You can also obtain a paper copy of this application at the school, 5328 Brann Street, Oakland, CA 94619.

Admission to UMCS is conducted by lottery. TO BE INCLUDED IN THE LOTTERY, APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2018.  PAPER APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED IN PERSON BY 4:00 PM ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018. After the lottery deadline, applications will be processed (and offered admission or space on our wait list) in the order received.

Things to know about applying to UMCS: 

  • UMCS is accepting applications for students entering grades Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade ONLY. UMCS will NOT accept applications for NEW students in 4th, 5th, 6th 7th or 8th grade.

  • Our age-eligibility requirements are as follows (consistent with the CDE guidelines):

    • Transitional Kindergarten—DOB 9/2/2013 - 12/2/2013

    • Kindergarten—DOB 9/2/2012 - 9/1/2013

    • 1st Grade—DOB 9/2/2011 - 9/1/2012

    • 2nd Grade—DOB 9/2/2010 - 9/1/2011

    • 3rd Grade—DOB 9/2/2009 - 9/1/2010

  • Please note that UMCS strictly follows these guidelines in admissions, making exceptions ONLY in cases that follow the established educational trajectory of a child as confirmed by official public elementary school or accredited private/independent elementary school transcripts.

  • If you do not receive confirmation that your application to UMCS was received, you must contact our Admissions Coordinator (enrollment@urbanmontessori.org ) to ensure that your child(ren) will be entered into the lottery.

  • All applications that are confirmed received by the February 16 deadline will be entered into the lottery.

  • The lottery will be held at Urban Montessori on March 6th, 2018 at 6:00 pm; the public is invited to attend and attendance at the lottery is NOT required for selection.

  • All applicants will be notified of the lottery results by 6:00 pm on March 12, 2017. To accept your admissions offer or position on the waitlist, you must complete the acceptance form by March 29, 2018.

Enrollment Tours are available through https://tinyurl.com/UMCSTours2018-19 and registration is required. We do not offer visits to UMCS outside of scheduled enrollment tours.

 


 

Urban Montessori Charter School (UMCS) es una escuela charter gratuita, de TK-8 grado. Para inscribirse, los niños deben tener cinco años de edad antes del 2 de diciembre de 2018 y residir en California.

Nuestra escuela, junto con el 90% de otras escuelas charter en toda la ciudad, usa una aplicación común llamada Enroll Oakland Charters. La solicitud está disponible en línea enhttp://www.enrolloak.org/. También puede obtener una copia en papel de esta solicitud en la escuela, 5328 Brann Street, Oakland, CA 94619.

La admisión al UMCS se realiza por sorteo. PARA SER INCLUIDO EN LA LOTERÍA, LAS SOLICITUDES DEBEN SER ENVIADAS EN LÍNEA POR MEDIANTE NOCHE EN VIERNES 16 DE FEBRERO DE 2018. LAS SOLICITUDES DE PAPEL DEBEN SER RECIBIDAS EN PERSONAS HASTA LAS 4:00 PM DEL VIERNES, 16 DE FEBRERO DE 2018. Después del plazo de la lotería, (Y ofrecía admisión o espacio en nuestra lista de espera) en el orden recibido.

Cosas que debe saber sobre la aplicación al UMCS:

  • UMCS está aceptando solicitudes para los estudiantes que ingresan a los grados de Kindergarten de Transición, Kindergarten, 1er, 2do y 3er grado SOLAMENTE. UMCS NO aceptará solicitudes para estudiantes NUEVOS en 4º, 5º, 6º 7º o 8º grado.

  • Nuestros requisitos de elegibilidad de edad son los siguientes (de acuerdo con las directrices del CDE):

  • Kindergarten de transición-DOB 9/2/2013 - 12/2/2013

  • Kindergarten-DOB 9/2/2012 - 9/1/2013

  • Primer Grado- DOB 9/2/2011 - 9/1/2012

  • Segundo Grado-9/2/2010 - 9/1/2011

  • Tercer Grado-DOB 9/2/2009 - 9/1/2010

  • Por favor tenga en cuenta que UMCS sigue estrictamente estas pautas en admisiones, haciendo excepciones SOLAMENTE en casos que siguen la trayectoria educativa establecida de un niño confirmada por la escuela primaria pública oficial o acreditado privado / independiente transcripciones de la escuela primaria.

  • Si no recibe confirmación de que su solicitud al UMCS fue recibida, debe comunicarse con nuestro Coordinador de Admisiones (enrollment@urbanmontessori.org) para asegurarse de que su (s) hijo (s) será inscrito (s) en la lotería.

  • Todas las solicitudes que se confirmen recibidas en la fecha límite del 16 de febrero serán ingresadas en la lotería.

  • La lotería se llevará a cabo en Urban Montessori el 6 de marzo de 2018 a las 6:00 pm; Se invita al público a asistir y la asistencia a la lotería NO es necesaria para la selección.

  • Todos los solicitantes serán notificados de los resultados de la lotería antes de las 6:00 pm del 12 de marzo de 2017. Para aceptar su oferta de admisión o posición en la lista de espera, debe completar el formulario de aceptación antes del 29 de marzo de 2018.

Los tours de inscripción están disponibles a través del https://tinyurl.com/UMCSTours2018-19 y se requiere inscripción. No ofrecemos visitas a UMC fuera de las visitas de inscripción programada


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FAQ

What is Montessori?  How is it different from traditional classrooms? 

Montessori education is child-centered, offers independence and freedom within clearly defined guidelines and respects a child’s natural stage of development.

Primarily available in the United States as a private school option, a growing number of public Montessori schools have sprouted up across the country, serving diverse learning communities.

Montessori classrooms are:

  • mixed age
  • self directed — children select activities from a prepared environment
  • organized around uninterrupted blocks of work time
  • places where children learn through discovery

What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a process where students build empathy with others, reframe real-world problems and create innovative solutions.

What is Arts Integration?

Arts Integration is the use of fine/performing arts as part of the traditional subject areas. 

What will my child(ren) gain by attending UMCS?

Our children work hard, are held to very high standards and perform on a wide range of assessments. Students and their families work together to build an inclusive learning community that is reflective of our culturally diverse city.

UMCS seeks to develop:

  • Self-directed learning, so that children are capable of forming their own questions and adept at assessing the broad range of available resources to uncover answers.
  • Emotional intelligence, so that children respectfully interact and engage with the most diverse cohorts across every conceivable category, from geography to religion to politics.
  • Creative confidence, so that children have a process that they use to tackle challenges they are confronted with in and out of school.

How does UMCS address the culturally diverse, multi-lingual and varying socio-economic class levels of the student body?

UMCS is an inclusive and connected learning community that is reflective of one of the most diverse counties in the country. One of the powerful aspects of the Montessori approach is that it allows for different learning styles to flourish within the same classroom. We understand that different students have different ways of learning, some of them being culturally based. Our teachers and staff are all trained in cross-cultural communication regardless of background. We honor and respect the different members of our community and know that each member is a valuable component of our school. Our enrollment lottery has weighted preferences for students who attend program improvement schools. We support healthy cross-cultural relationships among all members of the Urban Montessori community.

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are public schools, free and publicly funded like district public schools.

What is the difference between Urban Montessori Charter School and other charter schools?

Our school was founded by a grassroots group of Oakland families, community leaders, seasoned educators and school administrators who have extensive experience starting up schools and advocating for students. We endeavor to realize an accessible public option for Montessori education in Oakland, as no such option currently exists.

What grades do you offer?

For the 2017-18 school year, there are multi-age classrooms serving children in grades TK-7. Ultimately, our school will be a TK-8 school.

What are the school hours?

School hours are 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is a minimum day, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Is there an after school program?

Yes, we have a safe and fun after school program for the UMCS community.

Is there a before school program?

No, there is not for the 2017-18 school year. Currently, children may be dropped off at 7:45 a.m. for supervised play on the playground.

If one of my children attends UMCS, will my other children receive preference in admission?

Yes. Siblings of current students are prioritized for admission. 

Can I select Urban Montessori as part of the Oakland Unified School District options process?

Urban Montessori Charter School has its own admissions process separate from Oakland Unified School District. In order to apply for UMCS, you must submit an application online or by mail.  

What is the teacher-student ratio? Do you have small class sizes?

Montessori classrooms are designed to enable and empower children as independent learners. The teachers in the classroom act as facilitators of learning, working with small groups or individuals delivering targeted lessons while monitoring the classroom’s learning. At UMCS, there are a minimum of two teachers in every classroom of 27-33 students, for teacher: student ratios from 1:14 to 1:16. We also have support teachers and specialists who rotate through the classrooms at different times of day, working with individuals or small groups of children.

What electives are being taught at this school? Will there be P.E., music, art, foreign language?

All children at Urban Montessori receive instruction in art, music, design thinking and P.E. Our lead teachers are trained to integrate music, the arts, and Design Thinking into and among the classroom projects and activities. In addition, character and peace education is a major component of the UMCS curriculum.

Want to see Montessori in action? 

If you are interested in Urban Montessori for your child, click the "Request an Account" button on the top right of this page and enter your contact information. We will be in touch shortly.


published Our Charter in About 2012-05-30 23:02:29 -0700

Our Charter

Our charter petition was approved by the Alameda County Office of Education on October 11, 2011. The school opened in the fall of 2012 in Oakland.

Urban Montessori Charter Petition

Click the link below to download the current version of the charter petition.

UMCS Charter to OUSD (original) (approved by ACOE on appeal)

UMCS Renewal Charter to ACOE (2nd five-year term, including Material Revision July 2017 and again in July 2018 pursuant to address changes)

California Charter Law

The Charter Schools Act of 1992 states that:

It is the intent of the Legislature…to provide opportunities for teachers, parents, pupils, and community members to establish and maintain schools that operate independently from the existing school district structure, as a method to accomplish all of the following:

  • Improve pupil learning.
  • Increase learning opportunities for all pupils, with special emphasis on expanded learning experiences for pupils who are identified as academically low achieving.
  • Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods.
  • Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the school site.
  • Provide parents and pupils with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities that are available within the public school system.
  • Hold the schools established under this part accountable for meeting measurable pupil outcomes, and provide the schools with a method to change from rule-based to performance-based accountability systems.
  • Provide vigorous competition within the public school system to stimulate continual improvements in all public schools.
  • From the California Education Code Section 47601

published Our Mission in About 2012-05-30 22:59:33 -0700

Our Mission

Urban Montessori Charter School's mission is to develop self-directed and engaged learners who are academically, socially and emotionally prepared to succeed in any high school. Nurturing the innovators of tomorrow to creatively meet the challenges of today’s world with confidence, compassion and grace, Urban Montessori cultivates individual curiosities and strengths, while holding children to a high standard of excellence. At Urban Montessori, children deepen their understanding of what it means to live responsibly in a diverse urban community.

Whom we serve

Urban Montessori Charter School is a public charter school serving TK through 7th grade. The school is located in Oakland and is open to all children residing in the state of California. We serve a socio-economically, racially and culturally diverse community of children because we believe that all children learn about different backgrounds and perspectives by living and working with people from those backgrounds and perspectives.


MISION

La misión de Urban Montessori Charter School es desarrollar estudiantes auto-dirigidos y participativos que están preparados académicamente, socialmente y emocionalmente para ser exitosos en cualquier escuela secundaria. Urban Montessori fomenta los innovadores del mañana para alcanzar de forma creativa las metas del mundo de hoy con confianza, compasión y gracia. La escuela cultiva las curiosidades y fortalezas de cada estudiante mientras que exige un alto nivel de excelencia. En Urban Montessori, los niño/as pronfundizan sus conocimientos sobre lo que significa vivir responsablemente en una comunidad diversa y urbana.

A quién servimos

Urban Montessori Charter School es una escuela pública charter que sirve TK hasta el septimo grado. La escuela está ubicada en Oakland y está abierta a todos los niños que residen en el estado de California. Servimos a una comunidad de niños desde el punto de vista socioeconómico, racial y cultural porque creemos que todos los niños aprenden sobre diferentes orígenes y perspectivas viviendo y trabajando con personas de esos antecedentes y perspectivas.


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Urban Montessori is a TK-8 charter free public school located in Oakland. Our school is based on the teachings of Maria Montessori, in combination with Design Thinking, and Arts Integration. We invite you to click through and learn more about what children experience at Urban Montessori, and read our Frequently Asked Questions.

We are actively creating a truly inclusive school community reflective of the racial and socioeconomic diversity of Oakland. We recognize that maintaining a respectful community where all students achieve, differences are valued, voices are heard, and power is shared requires constant dialogue and hard work; that we must create the safe spaces to openly check each others’ biases and assumptions, and talk openly about power and privilege, in order to model the society and community we wish our children to become part of. We hope that families choosing to apply to Urban Montessori will share our dedication to these values and goals.

Urban Montessori Charter School is authorized by the Alameda County Board of Education.