I like that we have had 3 Teacher of the Year candidates at our school. Plus all the teacher are using the new common core standards material. My friends kids go to a other nearby "better" school but they are still using the reading materials from 2001!! That is sad. Our kids deserve up to date curriculum-I am glad El Monte teachers are doing what they need to do-not just what's easy or has always been done in the past.
I like that students only get 1-2 pages of math, reading at the Accelerated Reader level for 20-40 minutes and some free writing. Homework should NOT take hours=thanks El Monte staff for making homework doable for us working parents.
My grandchildren just recently started at El Monte Elementary School. On the first day the principal gave us a personal tour and showed us the beautiful clean campus with the chickens and the gardens. It is obvious that the staff cares about this school and the environment. She explained the schoolwide instruction and social skills curriculum. She took the time to introduce us to the new teachers and the office staff. On our tour the other students were quietly walking in the hallways and looked happy. Mrs. Bowman the principal knew their names-the kids looked thrilled about the attention. The library is beautiful and full of new books and they have a new computer lab also. The counselor (who is full time) introduced herself as a resource. Wow. When the kids came home from their first day they were excited about their classrooms and their new friends. The principal even called me the next week just to check in on how the kids are doing-now thats customer service. A great school starts with a great leader. We are so happy to be at this school!
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!
I'm really satisfied with El Monte elementary. They do a great job , and im so happy that my son goes over there . After school program ( Cares ) is amazing too. I appreciate all of the school personnels .
Thanks a lot
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!!!
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.
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!