Thank you for your interest in Golden Oak Montessori School!
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.
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 2018 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."
Admission Process and 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 or a Montessori school; 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 application process, including the application forms, will be provided at the meeting.
Information sessions will be held:
- Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 6 p.m.
Classroom Observation Opportunity:
Parents who would like to observe a Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary classroom can secure a reservation at www.goldenoakmontessori.org/RSVP. The observation is from 9:30-11 a.m. on the following dates.
Monday, January 14, 2019
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Applications and Deadlines:
Print and complete the Application for Admission. Applications can also be picked up in the main office between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Applications to Golden Oak Montessori, including supporting documents, are due by Friday, February 15, 2019 at 4 p.m.
The Admission Lottery will be held on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 6-7 p.m. Parents are encouraged to attend, but it is not required. Students selected in the lottery to receive admission to GO will be notified.
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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. How can I get an application form?Print and complete the Application for Admission
directly, or collect one at the information night or the Golden Oak Montessori Office.
3. Can I tour the school or observe a class?
Yes. You can RSVP to observe a classroom at www.goldenoakmontessori.org/rsvp
. It is not required to participate in this activity, but it is encouraged.
4. 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 or a Montessori school priority. Applicants from other school districts are welcome to apply.
5. 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.
6. Does Golden Oak Montessori have a Kindergarten class?
No. Golden Oak Montessori begins with Grade 1.
7. How old must a student be to enroll in Grade 1?
be six years of age by September 1, 2019 to enroll in Grade 1.