MATES is a free, public charter school that serves K-5 students in Thousand Oaks. The guiding principle that drives MATES is simple. We collectively believe that children deserve our best effort in providing a safe, stimulating, enriched learning environment where every child thrives. This includes a focus on academic excellence within the research-supported framework of the arts and technology, Project-Based Learning opportunities, strong teacher collaboration, high expectations of achievement in core content areas, and community involvement.
Teachers at MATES work collaboratively to develop a curriculum that incorporates arts and technology into all our California state standards. MATES staff and parents are involved in the design and operation of the school and give their time and energy to strengthen the culture of excellence. Every adult on campus believes in the MATES Philosophy of providing our best effort for all children. Come experience what many seek!
MATES is proud to announce that we will be honored as a 2020 California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education. This is awarded for our work in achieving exceptional student performance. MATES is one of 9 Ventura County Schools to be honored with this award. Congratulations to the MATES Staff and Students.
On April 8, 2019 the MATES board of Directors passed a resolution opposing state bills AB 1505-1507. The Acorn interviewed the local charter school directors to find out what makes charter schools appealing.