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I'm looking for any reviews or other info about Manzanita (charter) middle school in West Contra Costa. The BPN reviews are all quite glowing-- but are 7 or 8 years old and I'm concerned that the school has changed in recent years. According to Great Schools, the test scores, etc. are just as pitiful at Manzanita as they are in the other (non-charter) WCCUSD schools, though I know of course that tests aren't everything. If you've had a kid at Manzanita, or if you've decided against going sending your child to Manzanita, I'd love to hear about your experiences or thoughts. Thanks! --middle school eek
Re: School for bright 7th grader diagnosed with Selective Mutism
Look into Manzanita, www.manzy.org, a public charter middle school, which begins at 6th grade so perhaps she could even transfer now if her current school is not the right fit. And for high school, look into Middle College High School, http://www.contracosta.cc.ca.us/mchs/
a west contra costa parent
Re: Private Schools with No Bullying
You didn't say what area you are in, but I can suggest a non- private alternative that may be what you are looking for. My daughter attended Manzanita Charter Middle School in Richmond. It is based on a parent cooperative model, is a public charter, therefore free, but there is a required parent/family 6-10 hours per month contribution. It is small, 125 kids total, 25 kids per class, with a close knit dedicated staff. They are very concientious regarding bullying and for the past 2 years the parents contributed money for the school to participate in Challenge Day, a non profit that comes in amd does team building, anti-bullying full day programs. Usually Challenge Day works with 100 kids from a school and the kids act as examples and influencers in the larger environment. Because Manzanita is so small, the whole school participates. Also, there are many ways for children to engage socially -alot of sports (something like 2/3 or more of the kids were involved in the sports program) and an academy program on Friday afternoons where the kids break up into small interest based ''classes''. Because it is small, and there are alot of parents around during the day, problems are quickly identified and dealt with. Academically, the school outscored every middle school in the district and I believe had a 10 API. Because it is small, getting in has become more competitive(there is only 1 6th grade class, 2 7th and 2 8th). You can gain a priority application standing by doing volunteer work in advance of submitting your application (which will be Nov - Jan). Check their website at manzy.org. This may be what you are looking for. We hadn't planned to send her there and originally applied as a back up, when she didn't get the public school transfer we had hoped for, we sent her. We have called it the happy accident and she got a much better education than her friends with little or none of the drama common to middle school and she came away with a wonderful set of close knit friends. a grateful parent
Manzanita is a small middle school,with a total enrollment of 125 students, 25 students per class (1 6th grade, 2 7th grade and 2 8th grade classes). All of our teachers are credentialed and work as a team. Our academic progress grew 103 points this past year, far surpassing our goal of 10 points and ranking us higher than the district's other area middle schools. Manzanita is free, but as a cooperative charter school requires and depends on the families to provide volunteer hours. Admission priority will be given to families residing within WCCUSD and who contribute at least 10 volunteer hours. Higher priority is given for families with 75 volunteer hours.
Check out our website at www.Manzy.org, come to the information night, download our application or call the school at 510-232-3300 for more information.
(Note: Manzanita is located in but is not affiliated with St. Luke's Church). Hallie
There is one 6th grade class and 2 7th and 2 8th grade classes. The 6th grade is a dedicated 6th grade class, while the other 4 teachers operate as core subject teachers (english, math, history, science) with the 7th & 8th graders rotating through. There are also art and PE teachers. They operate on a modified block schedule (2 core subjects on M/W, the other 2 on T/R, everything on Fridays. This means the kids only have homework for 2 subjects on any night. On Friday afternoons all the students come together and divide up into Academies, based on their interests. Academies include newspaper and writing, music, cooking, leadership, auto repair. These are taught by the teachers and volunteers. If the kids have an interest, they can create their own academy. Last year my daughter started the school's newspaper because it was something she was interested in and they didn't have one.
There is an extensive sports program. We have JV and Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball programs, over half the student body is involved in just basketball and the Girls Varsity team was undefeated last year. Other sports are also available.
This is a public charter and there is no charge. The school is set up as a parent cooperative and you are required to volunteer 8-10 hours per month and also attend a monthly meeting. If you work, there are plenty of areas to volunteer at night or on the weekend. Extended family members often assist with obtaining volunteer hours. The school is located at 33rd and Barrett in Richmond. We currently rent space at a local church but we are also looking for a new site that would allow us more room and maybe some small expansion. It is the intent of the school to remain small and personal.
If you are interested, please contact the school office at: 232-3300. You can also check out hte website at: www.Manzy.org. You can also contact me via email if you have specific questions.There will be a series of open houses and applications for next year will be available soon. There will be openings for 25 6th graders and 25-30 7th graders. There may be limited openings for 8th grade, but generally all the 7th graders will remain for 8th grade. If you acquire volunteer hours over the next few months, you will be able to apply for priority admission. hallie
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