Students enrolled 577
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3841 Larkspur Drive
Concord, CA 94519

(925) 685-3834
(925) 689-8291
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3 stars
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December 17, 2013
I have to laugh at the parent who feels that Monte Gardens and Susan Peters is "bad, bad, bad" for Spanish families. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!! Susan Peters bends over backwards for Spanish families. After all, the school gets more $$ because of all the Spanish Speaking children. It's DISGUSTING! In her monthly recorded phone message, she makes sure to encourage ALL parents, including English speaking, to come to the ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) meetings, however, she has NEVER sent out a recorded message about the lice outbreaks. It took a very brave parent to advise me of the lice outbreak that occurred in the school. I am only giving (1) star because I do like the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2013
I have had children in many different schools over the years, but have never seen a school that has such a horrible environment. Monte Gardens feels more like a prison than a school. Holiday & birthdays are NOT celebrated nor are they allowed to dress up for Halloween. Parents are told at orientation to STAY OUT of the hallways and away from the classrooms. Monte Gardens teachers BENCH students for not doing their homework or not returning Monday Mail folders!!! Even 6 year olds are benched. Parents are lectured if they are caught hanging around near the school because as Peters stated, 'the school needs to be quiet for academic focus???' The drop off lane is like a front line in a war zone with rigid rules and yelling pta. High academic standards, are used as the justification for the horrible environment and why the parents are kept at arms length from their children's education, but the reality is the curriculum is average. Peter's herself is like an army sergeant with a very CHILLY attitude and a hostile combative approach with parents. If you come to her with an issue, you are lectured to comply with school policy & rules or threatened with removal.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I have a daughter now in her 5th year at MG. Since we are surrounded by underperforming schools I can't help but wonder why the district doesn't implement additional schools to follow the MG program. I am convinced the higher scores are a combination of parental involvement, great teachers and a more demanding cirriculum.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
Dedicated teachers that really care about their students. I have a daughter that went through and is now at Sequoia Middle and a son who is currently in third grade. Parent involvement is mandatory and one of the reasons why MG is so successful. Keep up the great work!!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Great Teachers. Lot of parents participation. Excellent principal who is always looking for ways to improve students academically. Good atmosphere for kids. It is amazing how they have been able to maintain such a high start school test rating in spite of having kids from different background from all over the surrounding area attending the school. Kudos to the Teachers and staff...

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
Bad, bad for Spanish familys. The Principal doesn't have knowledge and rime to learn more abouth others cultures.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
Great School... lots of parent involvement which makes this school special... Teachers are dedicated and the principal is leading them in the right direction. They are adding a new computer lab which should help the kids going forward. I am confidant that they will maintain this high standard in coming years...

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
The best thing about this school is the level of parental involvement; if it wasn't for the parent volunteers, there would be no PE or motor skills programs, and no help for the teachers. The teachers my son was lucky enough to get were great. Unfortunately, the new principal did a lousy job dealing with a teacher who was unable to meet the demands of her job (she basically left it up to the other teachers and parent volunteers all year to make up for this teacher's inadequacies, then fired the teacher 2 weeks before the end of the school year). Furthermore, the principal was not even-handed in dealing out discipline, and when she called me to discuss my child's behavior, she was very condescending. Even when the school was being threatened with closure, she did not support the parent club's efforts to keep it open.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
This school is awesome. If you are lucky enough in these times to have your kid here, you are blessed. Big time parent participation. Schools should model themselves after this one..

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
We love Monte Gardens! The program, the staff, parents and kids make it what it is today! We moved right behind this school to attend Monte Gardens. We CHOOSE this to be our home neighborhood school as this this is what is home to us and so many others. Test scores are not everything but they don't lie either...Monte Gardens API is 918 and ranks 4th out of all elementary schools in concord. I couldn't be happier and hopes this school remains open for our children's sake!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2010
Excellent support system for our children by building a community around them comprised of their parents, teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2010
I love watching my kids want to go to school every day. They love their teachers, and enjoy learning! If it wan't for the wonderful staff and parents, we wouldn't be who we are. Thank you Monte Gardens, and our families!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
My child has been at MG for almost 4 years. MG is a high quality school with a dedicated and talented teaching staff as well as a superior support staff. The children are held to high standards and usually are able to meet them. When they struggle, they are given extra support. Do not be alarmed by some of the lower ratings. Those are usually people who have some issue with the school that is unique to them, and not representative of the entire parent opinion. Remember, people are much more likely to vocalize their anger than their satisfaction.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
The level of excellence and dedication that the teachers and principal display and practice on a daily basis is outstanding. Considering that they are working with less teachers and larger classes, the quality has not changed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Awesome teachers and awesome families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
great parent participation

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
All teachers are so concerned about their students. They truly are what teachers used to be. This is how I remember the teachers years ago.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
Because it's a great enviroment for learn and have fun.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
Monte Gardens is a great school because their program not only includes great teachers and high expectations from children attending school, but also a great amount of parent involvement which makes the school even a better school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
The teachers and facility is relly great and really care about there students

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
The teachers and curriculum are awesome!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Monte Gardens is a wonderful, warm school. Every single teacher is fully committed to our kids and ensuring they get the best education possible. My kids have loved their elementary school experiences.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
It has great staff that really care about all the students!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
Monte Gardens is a school where parents, staff, and teachers come together to support the learning of every child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Because of the parent participation and the staff quality. They have high standards for behavior and academics.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
Monte Gardens helps students to believe that they can achieve anything that they put their mind to!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 28, 2009
Although I ve heard of many good things about this school, I was still a little apprehensive about placing my Kindergarten child here due to the low parent rating. It receives three out of five stars at Greatschool.com. However, I m glad I did. Monte Gardens is academically focused with dedicated and responsive teachers. Both my son and I are happy with what we ve been exposed to at this school thus far.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
Why do you love Monte Gardens Elementary School?I love MGE because the entire staff are devoted to each and every student in every way. They all make learning fun and its obvious they LOVE what they do. Honestly, this school is the best around! I LOVE GOING TO WORK!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 27, 2009
This school has high academic standards, a Parent Club that is involved with decisions affecting the school, and a great principal.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
In spite of the budget cuts and many teachers laid off, this school is still standing strong. The army of parent volunteers and caring staff really make this a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Because the teachers there care and make sure the children learn everything there is to know!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
An amazing school where teachers, staff, and parents work together for the benefit of students. A caring and motitvating school!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 24, 2009
I think we have a great school and great parent volunteers that make a big difference in our childrens education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
The teachers and curriculum are fantastic! Good communication with the parents. The PTA is great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
It's an old-fashioned elementary school where the parents are involved and know one another. There is a standard of conduct for parents and kids that is respected. Manners have become almost obsolete in today's world. Our school continues to reinforce good manners which really is something we should all practice daily.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
Monte Gardens is wonderful! My son loves it..The teachers are great..

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
The Staff is what makes this school feel so much like a small town community of friends. Thank you all for doing such a great job!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
The intellectual standard of the students is very high; they are taught very very well.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
At Monte Gardens Elementary school my son has one of the best and most experienced teachers, who can guide him in his most important milestones of his educational pathway. Thanks for the wonderful job the school is doing to the community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Monte Garden is the best school ever!!! there is so much to do here.. I love the teachers and Pricipal

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The teachers are the BEST!!! I love our principle and staff too. The parental involvement is fantastic!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The dedicated staff and active parent participation make it a unique and great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I like Monte Gardens because of the great parental involvement and high academic standards.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The staff is fantastic and so cohesive and students are our biggest concern. The atmosphere at our school is perfect for learning.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 21, 2009
Wonderful Teachers, staff and families. We all put the students first. Good curriculum. Clean and well landscaped. Our kids are happy and enjoy school at Monte Gardens.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 01, 2009
We love this school and the principal. The principal has a tough job and we find her to be responsive, pleasant and the kids like her too. If you show her respect, then she we will respect you in return. The school does not tolerate children or parents with serious social or behaviorial matters. Sounds like the last person who submitted a review either their child has academic issues or they have pesonal issues. The principal is doing a fine job in our view. We hope that she will stay at Monte Gardens and will continue to bring stable leadership in these tough academic times. Lastly, the school sets the bar high for its students and there is an academic pressure to perform there. This is the primary reason why we chose this great school.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2008
Teachers are great at this school, parents are great. The principal however, is not great, she is NOT kid friendly, more concerned who is parking in her parking space. Her discipline is NOT consistent with the chidren. Its to bad because this school used to be the best. I am very glad my child has left MGE.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2008
As a parent of 3 children attending Monte Gardens, I have been completely satisfied with this school. The one common factor of all the teachers we have had, is the care and commitment to doing their best for each of their students to learn. There is a expectaion of each student to do their best. As parents we also hold high expections of the school, teachers and principal. The parents sign a contract that states we are commited to supporting our children's learning experience. I have the opportunity to be a volunteer in my children's classrooms and enjoy helping the teacher, getting to know the other children and feel part of the school. All 3 of my children look forward to getting up each day to go to school, they love their teachers and other kids in their class. This in itself is a statement to all the staff at MG.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2008
Monte Gardens is a very focused school. Parents focus on filling in where funding falls short and provide materials and time that teachers appreciate. The teachers are focused on learning - which in these tough times of high-stakes standardized testing...doesn't leave much room for subjects other than reading and math. Never in my experience with school, have I come across a more dedicated staff - most, not all, but most are fantastic and extremely caring. The support staff know all the children by name which says a lot too. There aren't fights that break out on the playground on a weekly basis, the teacher doesn't spend an hour a day working on basic social skills with students, and the reason for that is because there are high expectations for everyone. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Children are safe and well educated here.

- submitted by a community member
February 25, 2008
Not happy with this school at all. The Principal is cold and not willing to hear out parents concerns. I am in the process of getting my son into another school.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2007
I previously had 2 children at MGE. One is GATE and the other had a slight learning disability. The GATE child is still attending, but my other child has been sent to another school that is a much better situation. If I could transfer my other child there, I would. It seems that the principal at MGE is only concerned with STAR scores and not the individual child. Wish I would have known this before I sent any of my kids to MGE. Will definitely not be sending my youngest here.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
I agree the leadership at the school is poor but overall one of my daughters was happy there. My other daughter suffered at the school due to fear of the rules. The one that was happy frequently cried when she thought she did anything wrong. After I moved my 2nd daughter to a nearby school I found out not all schools are like this one. Very original but not for all.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
I have 2 children at MGE. Ever since the new priciple came, things have changed for the worse. All she cares about is 'looking good' and is very good at Lip Service. She is not consistent on her discipline which sends mixed messages to the children. If your child is not in Gate or has special needs, they fall in the cracks and no attention is given to them. Parent involvement in the class dramatically decreases by 3rd grade and even then each teacher has different ideas. There is no continuity between grade levels. There are better choices in the district.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
I had two children attend this school. This was an okay school for my 'gate' child, but for my middle of the road child he has been lost in the shuffle. It seems only the high achievers get the positive attention. Needless to say my son will not be attending this school in the fall. This school is not what it is cracked up to be.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
Monte Gardens has been an excellent school. When my children have trouble in certain areas of academics,for example reading,the teachers go out of their way to give them extra help. A lot of parents volunteer at this school also. The teachers are not afraid to have help from parents. It has been a wonderful experience for my children and me.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2007
Monte Gardens is run by the teachers, not the Principal. The school is not what it used to be with the new principal . We thought there was a zero tolerance of violence, but that has proved not to be so. More time is spent on the look of the school, pleasing the teachers,and very little focus is on the children.Teaching is very much geared towards the state tests. Excelling is not an option at MG.Keep looking!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2007
I have four children and have over 22 years of private and public education experience, in which half of are with Monte Gardens Elementary School. First I want to express how happy my family has been with the level of dedication and love that the staff has for their very important roles in our children's live. I especially want to acknowledge our principal. This person is a very devoted and caring individual and she is by far the best principal I have known. It is unfortunate that our state does not provide enough funding for our schools. It is so important that our community pull together to make up for what our government does not provide for our children. It has been my experience that Monte Gardens could do more fundraising.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
We are extremely disappointed in the principal's management and social skills. She is very dismissive with parental concerns and runs the school as a business rather than a caring and concerned learning environment. Rules are not evenly and consistently enforced. With the exception of a select few, we have been pleased so far with the quality of teachers at this school. I wouldn't say that there is anything distinct about this school that sets it apart from the others. There does seem to be excessive fund-raising. If you are looking for a generally good school, then this will work. If you are looking for something more, I would continue your search. All the children seem to get lumped together... very little special attention to those who are advanced.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2007
I love this school, the teachers are dedicated and caring. Great parent participation and the Principal is the best one I've had so far.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2006
Monte gardens has been the school for those families that consider high academic achievement, student discipline, and parental involvement the important factors for a sound education. It is a back to basics school. Every new student and parent has to sign a contract with the school stating that this is so, and that they will hold themselves to this level. It has been this way for the past 20 years. For those parents that don't think that these are the priorities that should be focused upon, don't send your kids here. The monte gardens community wants those families that will hold themselves to this level. My oldest has just transferred from mg to sequoia intermediate this year. He just received his grades and is an honor role student. I think that his being held to a high academic standard and discipline at mg is the key factor in his recent performance.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
School does not pay for any supplies for students. This year we had a list of around 30 items. School is always asking for money and supplies due to inability to manage money. Parent support has decreased.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2006
My daughter does well at this school but fears the rules even though they do not apply to her. Military-like is a good term for this school. There is no bussing so parents come from all over. Traffic is a nightmare getting to and from this school site just like sequoia elem. Principle could use adjustments and I predict she will not last long. I am happy to be leaving and think this school would be better served if rules were not so harsh. New rules under the current principle include detention of 1 hour for children who are late 3 times. Parents cannot make excuses for tardiness even if there is problems in the carpool lane. I drive away instead of letting my child be late since I can excuse his absences.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2006
Monte Gardens used to be a good school with tough academics. This is not for everyone. Your child must not expect much guidance or support at this school and will be advised to find another school if your child needs help. We have been at the school for 6 years and unfortunately due to the new principle many parents have left. Children have become afraid of the harsh rules and punishment if anything goes wrong. There are many other better schools in this district and would advise to find a parent friendly school unless your child does good in a military rules type of school. Again not for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2006
This is one of the few schools in the district without a computer lab. Computers are still being purchased and maybe in use in the next few years. Campus will be underconstruction until spring 2008 and has noise and learning issues due to construction of 3 surrounding construction projects including district office and two school behind monte gardens including the school for the emotionally disturbed.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2006
We loved this school until the new principal came in. I would like to continue to give my children the grades they deserve without needing to work with the NCLB rules to fail at the beginning of the year and give higher grades at the end. Many of these kids are disappointed in their grades because they feel like they are failing. I wish I could say I have been told to do this but instead we try hard to explain the kids are not failing. Hope this helps.

- submitted by a teacher
September 16, 2006
Academic school but focus seemed to be on the mid/lower end learners leaving our advanced student with mostly unchallenging repetitive work last year. Minimal after school programs. Lots of fund raising and requests for money/donations on behalf of the school. MG received a distinguished school award last year. Webster s definition of distinguished is marked by eminence, distinction, or excellence. MG certainly has distinguished itself!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
I have 2 children at Monte Gardens, a 4th and a 2nd grader. Both of my children have struggled from the beginning. This school pushes children so much which I disagree with. I don't believe that grade school children should have 2 to 3 hours of homework a night. Some teachers (3 out of 8) have been terrific and provided extra help for my children, but frankly, most just didn't care. Their attitude was 'If the kids can't keep up, then go to a different school.' If I had known what the school was like before my kids started here, I would have enrolled them in a different school. The school cares more about looking good than the welfare of their students.

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February 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2005
My daughter was in a isp class and soon found out that she did not belong there. The staff was helpful in getting her correct schooling.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 16, 2005
My son will be in 3rd grade and my daughter will be in 1st grade this year. Last year when my daughter was in kindergarden, I was very impressed with how she excelled. Since my daughter was a young (November b-day) kindergardner, I was concerned at the beginning of the year that it would be difficult for her. The teacher was very reassuring that she was doing fine. Any time I had a concern, I would receive positive feedback from the teacher. As for my son, he is also doing very well. He is advanced in reading. Both my kids love to go to school and I think it is because of the teachers committment to make learning a fun experience. I am also very happy to be involved as a volunteer in the school and that the school encourages parents to support the school.

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July 03, 2005
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June 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
the parents are pretentious and snooty. I pulled my child out for the sheer fact that the majority of the children follow in their parents footsteps

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April 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 24, 2005
This school is open to all students in the school district. From what I know that this school is focus on the acdemic achievement.

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Monte Gardens Elementary School
3841 Larkspur Drive, Concord, CA  94519
(925) 685-3834
Last modified Monte Gardens Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Monte Gardens Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 82 reviews. Top