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.
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.
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.
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!!
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...
Bad, bad for Spanish familys. The Principal doesn't have knowledge and rime to learn more abouth others cultures.
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...
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.
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..
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!
Excellent support system for our children by building a community around them comprised of their parents, teachers and staff.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The teachers and facility is relly great and really care about there students
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