Golden Oak Montessori Of Hayward

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Golden Oak Montessori is a public charter school in the Hayward Unified School District serving 1st-8th grades. There is no tuition to attend Golden Oak Montessori.



Admission Process 2020-21 & Prospective Parent Information Meetings:  
Admission to Golden Oak is by lottery only. The lottery for each school year takes place in the spring prior to the school year starting. Lottery priority is given to families residing in the Hayward Unified School District; however, applicants from other cities and schools are welcome to apply.


To learn more about Golden Oak Montessori and the application process, you are invited to attend a Parent Information Session. Further details on Montessori education and the lottery process will be provided at the meeting. 


Information sessions will be held in the school's Multi Purpose Room on the following dates:

- Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6 p.m.

- Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 6 p.m.

- Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 6 p.m.

- Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 6 p.m.



Classroom Observation Opportunity:

Parents who would like to observe a Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary classroom can schedule an observation on the following dates. Please register in advance for the observation at


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 2020



Applications and Deadlines:

The online application for the 2020-21 admission lottery can be completed using the link below. All application submissions to Golden Oak Montessori are due by Friday, February 28, 2020 at 4 p.m. After the lottery, late applications will be accepted for the waiting list. (If you need a paper application form, call 510.931.7868.)







Golden Oak Montessori uses LotterEase for the admission lottery which will run Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 6 p.m. This is an online lottery and results are available in "real time." Applicants will be provided instructions for viewing the lottery results. Students selected in the lottery to receive admission are notified.


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If you have questions, please email or call 510.931.7868.




Frequently Asked Questions:


1. Do I need to register to attend the Prospective Parent Information Meeting?
There is no need to pre-register. Please note this is a parent-focused presentation, but children are welcome to attend.


2. Do I have to live in the Hayward Unified School District to attend Golden Oak Montessori?
No. However, the lottery process is weighted to give families residing in the Hayward Unified School District priority. Applicants from other school districts are welcome to apply.


3. How do I know if I live within the Hayward Unified School District boundaries?
The HUSD has a boundary lookup map online where you can enter your address and see what school you are assigned to attend.


4. Does Golden Oak Montessori have a Kindergarten class?
No. Golden Oak Montessori begins with Grade 1.


5. How old must a student be to enroll in Grade 1?
Students must be six years of age by September 1, 2020 to enroll in Grade 1.

What is Montessori?

When you walk into a Montessori classroom, you will notice many differences to a traditional classroom. To learn more, visit our Montessori Methodology page or watch our Sneak Peak in our classrooms video. Prospective parents can also learn more by watching these videos provided by the American Montessori Society.




What Our Parents Have to Say:

Here are quotes from our parent survey...

"We are so happy with Golden Oak and it's a pleasure to be part of a school community that feels like a family."

"I'm so pleased my daughter is at Golden Oak. She is thriving, and our family really feels the community of parents and school staff are on the same wavelength as us...we are all working together to help the child grow and develop."

"This school is means everything to our family! Before Golden Oak our daughter lost the love for learning as she felt unheard and not challenged at her other school. Then when we came to this school she found that spark and the spark turned into a blaze....She is constantly seeking out encyclopedias and history based books and books that encourage critical thinking. Thank you Golden Oak!"

"We are incredibly grateful and pleased with the education and experience our child is receiving at Golden Oak Montessori. We have seen improvements in his behavior and enthusiasm about his education."  

"Both my children have had phenomenal experiences in lower elementary. In particular, our younger child, currently in third grade, is thriving beyond our greatest expectations."