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K-5
Public
Concord, CA
Students enrolled: 499
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1400 Dina Drive
Concord, CA 94518

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(925) 685-3113
(925) 827-5471
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June 25, 2014
This is going on my 3rd year at El Monte. We recently moved . I was informed that my daughter will have to attend Wren Ave Elem this fall. This is also a great school, teachers, staff, etc. but ... I am bias to EL MONTE ELEM in Concord, Ca. I appreciate the tenacity of principal Christina Boman. She is diligent in getting extra funds for the school & she has been running since her return from #2 maternity leave Feb 1. I am impressed by the way she handles the diversity of families with care regardless they speak little or no english. She is friendly, professional, and believes her kids will thrive & succeed in the future! On top of that, she is out on the circle daily to handle the "traffic control". This is something most sites can learn from to make it easier for parents to drop off/pickup kids. THANK YOU!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2013
El Monte is such a great school. There are wonderful teachers, involved families, and energetic insightful students. We have an active after school program (CARES) that provides structured after school enrichment and homework help. Our little school promotes community involvement and service learning as well as helps students gain an understanding of the environment and the food cycle. From our garden, to our chickens, to our compost center, our students learn about where food comes from. Our school offers many opportunities for students to explore their creativity through performance art (Karaoke club, after school plays and musicals, and our Glee Club is practically famous). El Monte is the best elementary school I know.

- submitted by a teacher
August 30, 2013
This is my second year at El Monte. I have worked in several school districts and schools in the area, and I have been so impressed with the organization and dedication of all the staff members here. This place is a well oiled machine! Everyone on site works collaboratively with each other to ensure our students receive a wonderful education, not just in academics, but also in how to treat others and develop personal responsibility. I am happy to be back again this year, and look forward to another great school year. Go Bulldogs!

- submitted by a teacher
August 27, 2013
This is my 9th year of teaching at El Monte, and every year has been a true pleasure. The El Monte community includes a wonderful team of teachers, administrators, office staff, and maintenance staff, all of whom appreciate each other, get along well together, and support the children as individuals as well as students. There are opportunities for students to experience extracurricular activities (glee club, creative writing, etc.) either before or after school, and occassionally extra school-wide events take place (Olympic Games, science assemblies, etc.). El Monte has made steady growth in it's academic measurement tools (API), and above all, El Monte is a safe place to send children to school.

- submitted by a teacher
August 26, 2013
El Monte has a very caring and capable staff who work together across classrooms to being the whole school to its highest potential. They've raised test scores every year for the last four or five years in a row, some years making huge leaps in progress. Their after school program is excellent, with opportunities for enrichment in creative and performing arts as well as in sports. They're doing great work all around!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
I will have had kids at El Monte since 2010 and love this school! My daughter has loved her teachers and is so excited to begin a new year. The teachers truly care about the students and go above and beyond. The teachers have fostered a great love of learning in my kids. Mrs. Boman is a wonderful principal who has gone out and found additional funds to improve El Monte. She is very dedicated to the students, parents and teachers, and it shows. All my encounters with the staff have been good too. They are all very helpful and considerate.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
I am so excited for my son to start TK at El Monte this year! So far the principal and staff have been so helpful, professional and kind! The school grounds are very clean and my son loves exploring them. From chickens to reptiles and a beautiful library...we can't wait to be part of the El Monte family!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
This is a great little school with an excellent Principal. We have gardens and animals making it a lively setting. We have great office staff and lovely teachers, and custodians. Overall this is a great school. The PTA is very supportive of the teachers and the students. We even have a local church that supports the teachers. I would recommend this school.

- submitted by a teacher
August 26, 2013
I'm so glad that I registered my son in El Monte elementary school . Every body working in that school are so nice and helpful. I'll give them five star . We are so lucky to find this wonderful school . I recommend it to another students too . Thanks a lot . Rozita karimi

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
When children are engaged, amazing learning can happen! It starts with a solid leader such as Mrs. Boman. Her energy and vision have helped raise the STAR test scores of our students over 125 points in the last five years. The teachers at El Monte are continually honing their skills to make sure students are learning at their peak. The support staff work diligently to keep the office running smoothly, the campus looking great, and feed the hungry little people! The PTA works tirelesly to raise funds for field trips and classroom supplies. It truly takes a village to raise a child, and the teamwork exemplified at El Monte Elementary is an example of how to do it right. Come visit our chicken coop, bunny hutch, snake habitat and extensive veggie and fruit gardens. You'll want your child to attend our vibrant, energetic, nuturing school. El Monte Bulldogs rock!

- submitted by a teacher
May 16, 2013
El Monte is excelling in every areas- Academics, Arts, Music, After School programs, Community, Internet based training etc... I am very encouraged with El Monte's progress on many fronts- the school may be pulled down by demographic difficulties such as English learners but they have every tool possible to excel. I agree with the principal's assessment bellow.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2012
As the Principal of El Monte Elementary I would like to congratulate our students, staff and community on the phenomenal growth on not only our test scores these last four years (114 points!), but also for surpassing the 800 mark set by the State! We are now the highest school in our CHS feeder pattern due to our hard work and dedication. The after school CARES program and other in school interventions help all of our students reach their potential. Our students are safe, respectful and responsible. Our teachers care about students and strive to make learning accessible to all students and push them to think creatively. Finally our PTA is the largest we have had in many years and very supportive of our campus! Bulldogs do ROCK the STAR! We hope you will come and visit our beautiful campus.

- submitted by a teacher
September 03, 2010
For the second year in a row El Monte has made their academic state goals as set by the state of CA and are on their way to meeting their goal of 800 API. The new uniforms look amazing-students are here to learn. I am proud to have my daughter attend El Monte in third grade and am glad the one old teacher was encouraged to retire and two new teachers were hired. Also the new PTA board seems energetic and ready to try some new things. This is a place you will be happy to send your child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
because of the parent and teacher involvement. The teachers there go above and beyond to make the school like a home environment, the practice positve, role modleling behaviors, always look for the postivie attributes in the kids and are constantly proising their personal and academic achievemtns. The teachers on thier own continue to educate themselves bringing in new and inovative teaching techniques to the school. The principle is supportive of tne teachers thier efforts and of the parents and children. The sees a need and will work until any deficit we have is met, wether fundraising, grants, involoving parents and kids to do a volunteer day accomplish a school goal or project. It brings everyone together to create a community which is what holds and supports a school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
i liked because they are always helpfull to our questions and i feel my children are safe , i see they are learning and happy there, they are happy to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
Our family appreciates this diverse school community and respects and admires the dynamic principal, teachers and staff for all their hard work and accomplishments. State and District constraints do not stop these dedicated individuals from looking forward to promote positive change - uniforms next year, the recent Accelerated Reader program, Board Math and the 'Keep It Green' disciplinary card system work to keep kids focused on learning. The Spirit Day shirt promotes a life lesson: Dream It. Believe It. Achieve It. My 4th grader and Kindergartener are fortunate to intra-district transfer to El Monte.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2009
Great job to the principal and teachers for going up in STAR testing results. All, students, faculty and parents should be proud. We have been a part of this school for the last 7 years with our two kids and will be sadden to leave this year. The school has seen many changes in principals, always going upward and the teachers are A quality. Our favorite, Mrs. Herting, Mrs. Abele, Mrs. Nitta, Mrs. Chamberlain, Ms Kennedy, Mrs. Kissinger, Mr. Atkins, Mr. Schnieder. I'm afraid I left out a few. The office staff is awesome! LOVE THIS SCHOOL

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2009
I'm a mother of Kindergartner at El Monte. I'm really impressed with the amount my child learned over this school year. Especially considering the amount of students, non-English speaking students and 'trouble' making students in each class. The teachers work very hard at what they do and deserve much credit! I worry about what the future hold for the teachers and students at El Monte with CA growing budget crisis. Just sad.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 10, 2008
My two daughters started school at El Monte in 2003.One started in kindergarten, the other in pre-k when it first opened.They will be in the 5th and 3rd grade now.I have to say we have had the greatest experience overall. The teachers they have had, have been excellent and each year my daughters are so anxious to find out who their new teachers will be.We're sad to see the principal leave because he has made a big difference in the school, especially with that fence.My daughters learned to be open with the teachers, principal and all the faculty. They feel safe, happy, and excited to return each year. El monte needs improvements and upgrades but overall we love El monte, and we are proud to be Bulldogs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 23, 2008
My daughter is going to be a 5th grader at El Monte Elementary School. I like the school, sorry to see the Principal go, but excited that he will be at the Middle School my daughter will attend in 6th grade. Most of the teachers are nice, some not so nice. All in all, it's a good school.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
Our children have attended El Monte since kindergarten (they are in the 3rd and 4th grades now)and we nothing but great things to say about our experience with the school and it's teachers. I firmly believe you cannot judge a school simply by the test results or other rating schemes, you have to look at how your child or children are doing! Ours have done well and that is all that matters to us. Proud to be a 'BullDog' parent!

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January 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
My kids have been attending El Monte for 3 years now. The teachers are great for the most part. Not all of them. Some are funny. One I found controlling. As far as the education goes it could be better. I feel like my kids should be learning more. They need more self-help or independent programs. More work study programs for kids who are advanced or slow. The new principal is ok, but not up to par with me. I am looking for another school for my kids to attend. Probably private.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2006
Both my children have attended El Monte since Kindergarten; my son as since moved onto Middle school and my daughter will be in 5th grade; I have found the teachers there to be wonderful for the most part. They are very welcoming to parents and their concerns; the environment is wonderful; we have science gardens the children are allowed to work in, a PTA who provides additional activities and assemblies. The GATE program has gradually grown stronger. Our new principal (starting fall 2005) is awesome and willing to also welcome and work with parents.

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April 18, 2006
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March 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2006
I have found that teachers at El Monte are very good. New principal that is very involved. Kids enjoy music, art and are very happy to go to school everyday.

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August 15, 2005
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March 04, 2005
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January 11, 2005
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July 28, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2004
I think El Monte is a great school. My son who is now 12 yrs old attended from k-5th and is now in 6th at El dorado middle school. My daughter whom this year is in 4th grade has attended her whole school life also at El Monte. I believe that it takes a good parent to make a good school. Get involved in your childs education. Great teachers and great students attend here.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2003
School is old, no AC, no parent involvement, and lacks in many other ways. Teachers are great!, but we transfered out because our children were not getting the desired education. Huge park behind school makes it very unsafe in my opinion. Also, the bathrooms are in disrepare

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
School lacks A/C, causing much discomfort and hindering learning during warm/hot spells. Teachers are GREAT!! Rules becoming excessive regarding student behavior on property - why??

- submitted by a parent
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El Monte Elementary School
1400 Dina Drive, Concord, CA  94518
(925) 685-3113
Last modified El Monte Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
El Monte Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top