How are charter school's different from regular public schools?
For general information on charter schools, read this FAQ from the California Charter Schools Association
What are the school hours?
Grades 1-5: 8:10-2:45, 8:10-1:20 Tuesdays
Kindergarten: 8:10-1:20 M-FIs there a dress code?
The MATES dress code is designed to permit students to focus their attention on academics rather than on their attire while at school. Details on the dress code are available in the Dress Code Guidelines section of our website.
Is there child care on campus?
On-site childcare will be provided through the YMCA. All MATES students will be guaranteed childcare! All childcare personnel are screened through the YMCA. More detailed information on pricing and enrollment are available in the Child Care section
of our website.Do you serve lunch during the school day?
At this time, we do not be offer a school lunch program. Once a week pre-ordered pizza lunch is available and once a week pre-ordered pasta are also available as part of a fourth grade sponsored fundraiser.Can I volunteer?
There are many volunteer opportunities available and we welcome your helping hands! Consider volunteering in the classroom, signing up for a committee or project through our MATES Community Network (MCN)
at the orientations, or attending a MATES board meeting to hear what immediate needs there may be. Together we can make MATES a wonderful learning community for our children.Will there be fundraising?
Yes! Like all public schools, state budget cuts affect our bottom line. We must fundraise to provide our children with the “extras” that we all value so much.When can I tour the campus?
School tours are available during our open enrollment period beginning in January. More details are available on the School Tours section
of the MATES website.When can we meet our child’s teacher?
Class lists are given out on the day of our Back to School Bash, and you can meet your child’s teacher at the Back to School Bash.Are the teachers credentialed?
All of our regular teaching staff is credentialed. Specialists may or may not have credentials, but are hired for their expertise in their area of specialty and a proven ability to work well with children. MATES has the highest caliber staff! Be assured that your students will be in excellent hands.Is there a Resource Teacher and/or Speech Therapist?
Yes. We have a Resource Teacher, School Psychologist, and a Speech Therapist to serve the needs of students with an IEP.Is there a GATE program?Yes. The needs of our GATE identified students are met primarily within the classroom through differentiated instruction, clustering, and the use of GATE icons.What is the curriculum like?
MATES has a curriculum team comprised of board members, teachers and community members. The committee meets regularly to evaluate current and new instructional materials, review existing programs and develop Common Core based lessons for each grade level. This hard working team has been in place since the charter’s inception. Detailed information about the curriculum will be presented at Back to School Night by your child’s teacher and at a series of Parent Education Evenings. Generally speaking, the curriculum will include a literature based program for language arts, lots of thematic and project based learning, and as much art and technology as we can infuse!When are band and chorus offered?
MATES is fortunate to have a full-time music specialist, Mr. Frank LaGuardia. Students receive instruction in music during the school day twice a week. We currently have a Music Lab which includes keyboards, guitars, and Orff instruments
. Beginning Band, Advanced Band, and Jazz Band are offered during the school day at no additional charge (Parents are responsible for obtaining their child’s musical instrument). Additional after-school enrichment opportunities are also available, including Kindergarten/ 1st, Junior and Senior Chorus.When will open enrollment begin for next year?
Open enrollment typically begins in January. Watch our website for dates of open enrollment.