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K-6
Public district
La Crescenta, CA
Students enrolled: 606
 

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2620 Orange Avenue
La Crescenta, CA 91214

(818) 248-2617
(818) 248-5263
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May 28, 2014
You expect there to be cliques and bullies at any school. What you don't expect is for the teachers to promote the cliques as well as let the bullies do as they wish without consequence. As past reviews have noted, the teachers don't promote a positive, encouraging learning environment. Instead, they punish and publicly ridicule students. The test scores are high, but the environment and quality of teaching is low. If it weren't for the children that go to daily tutoring 5+ days a week, the scores would be far lower.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2014
I regret ever sending my children to Monte Vista. Although we had a couple of outstanding teachers, there are many that were cruel and verbally abusive. Adding to this problem was the intense bullying that seemed to go unattended to by the staff. Overall, this school does not promote a positive, emotionally safe learning environment for children.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2013
There are some wonderful teachers at Monte Vista, but there are also some who have lost sight of why they are there: to teach and encourage children to become lifelong learners. Not to punish, demean, or ridicule. I have heard that there is a new principal coming this fall. Maybe there will be positive change to bring Monte Vista back to the amazing school is once was.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2013
Hmm...in response to the last comment, my kids have excelled at Monte Vista, Rosemont and CV High School, without the help of any tutors. They really owe their success to the stellar teachers! Their learning experience at Monte Vista has been enriched by the Meet the Masters art program, Robotics and Orchestra. There are tons of opportunities for parents to get involved if they want to help.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2013
The test scores are high here because of the highly tutored Korean children. They do not motivate just punish.

- submitted by a parent

February 08, 2013
I believe you cannot find better, more caring teachers than the ones my children have had at Monte Vista. I have seen these teachers go above and beyond to meet the personal needs of my children. We have been to several schools and feel very supported here. I received a personal telephone call recently to discuss a matter about which my child's teacher was concerned. I was so grateful for this proactive attention. I am thrilled to have students in their daily care. Also, the parents seem very supportive and fund extra music and theater programs which other schools do not offer. Our family very carefully selected this particular school for the strength of the teaching staff. My children are receiving very nurturing care from greatly qualified teachers.

- submitted by a parent

February 08, 2013
Principal, Susie Hoge is horrible!!!!! She should retire! not too sure why district continues to keep her, she is there to collect pays tub. She doesn't care for the kids. And school is constantly asking for donation one after another. Without the parents supports the school will not receive such a high scores on the test. Majority students gets private touring to receive such high stand scores. Additionally, there some good teachers, but most of them are spoil with gifts and they Riley on parents support when child is hurt during school hours, they have no explanations of why they were hurt. All could say is they were injured at recess. Bottom line principal doesn't care much and staffs adopts same behavior from her. .

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2012
Horrible! The principal is completely robotic and uninvolved, the staff is cold, and the lunch program is the worst I have ever seen, extremely gross and disguting food, and with it the kids get the lunch monitors screaming at them to eat, very appetizing!They do not care about the kids they care about the test scores. You get what you pay for in this area, cold hearts, closed minds and lots of judgement and " cliqueness".

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2012
We have been thrilled with the education offered to our children at Monte Vista. The teachers are truly dedicated to the art teaching children. My kids have loved the orchestra and band programs as well as the recorder class and choir programs. Gate has been excellent and the math club is a real treasure. The most amazing thing is the parental support from the community. We consider this school to be a blessing.

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2011
Monte Vista is just barely acceptable. I suppose it gets hits high scores from the test scores from the large percentage of highly motivated and privately tutored Korean students who attend here, but the school itself has not motivated our children. If your child is average the teachers check out. One of the third grade teachers told our daughter every week she was destined for failure. There is no arts and no music program.

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2010
We made a difficult decision to pull our kids out of Monte Vista. We didn't want to because we certainly pay tax dollars to support the school; but our children were not challenged. They were bogged down with slow learners and kids with behavior problems. The GATE program was of no use to us--not challenging enough. We sacrifice so our children can attend private school and they are both doing much better. We gave them two years for one child and three years for the other. I wish we hadn't waited so long to make the move, but we were trying to give the school a chance.

- submitted by a parent

July 27, 2010
Monte Vista offers a well rounded education in a safe environment. The teachers strive for excellence and are committed to professional development to pass along to their students. The academics are challenging and include GATE and other after school programs. The leadership is involved and fair-minded. I have worked at a private school and I do not believe those students received a better education than what my children have received here at Monte Vista.

- submitted by a parent
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April 20, 2010
Monte Vista has a beautiful campus, caring parents that help in most all classrooms each day and a caring, sensitive and devoted staff and teachers that help each child to fulfill their educational dreams.

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October 09, 2009
Monte Vista has been a tremendous place for my children to grow and learn in a safe abd encouraging environment, all the while being challenged academically to achieve their full potential.

- submitted by a parent
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October 06, 2009
Great teachers, great support system

- submitted by a community member
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October 01, 2009
Monte vista is a wonderful school with the best teachers in this area.. I know this well as my older sister(53) , myself (47), my nephew (32), and now my daughter (11) have all attended. Even though that is a wide spead of years and of course, teacher have changed...(Although, up until a year or so ago...My sister and my first grade teacher was still helping out!hooray for mrs. Walkey...She truly is monte vista!) this is a very loved school with active parent participation ....I still go to spirit day with my daughter and sing 'our' school song!

- submitted by a parent
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September 29, 2009
Monte Vista Elementary School is a wonderful place for educating our childern. It not only has wonderful teachers who contribute to high academic acheivment of its students, it also a very safe and loving place for the students. It's truly the heart of our community.

- submitted by a parent

September 29, 2009
I love this school because of it's focus on learning and because the parents have a strong voice.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2009
What a fun place to learn! Monte Vista encourages students to be educated in the classroom with terrific teachers and by participating in extra curricular activites. Some of these are choir, orchestra, music theater, chess club, stacking club enabling other parts of the brain to be stimulated.

- submitted by a parent
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September 25, 2009
Monte Vista Elementary School offers great academics. Along with it, PTA s initiatives and close involvements in all other aspects of child development give excellent benefits to the students. Collectively, that is why Monte Vista is the best Elementary School out there.

- submitted by a parent
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September 25, 2009
There is a positive attitude at Monte Vista - teachers, staff and students are so proud to be a part of this wonderful community. Parents are very active and volunteer their time to teach their children during class time and help the teachers. It's a joy to be at Monte Vista!

- submitted by a parent
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September 25, 2009
My kids are so happy there! They came from a private school to Monte Vista and couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2009
I think that Monte Vista is a very good school and that my child will learn many new things.

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September 24, 2009
Great school spirit and fabulous teachers!

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September 24, 2009
Great school, great teachers, great families and a great learning experience for our children!!!

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September 24, 2009
Monte Vista has the best kids and the best teachers!

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2009
From the teachers to the parents, I couldn't be any more pleased with the education and support my daughter is receiving. It truly is a one-of-a-kind school. I feel confident that my children will have opportunities set before them by Monte Vista that wouldn't be obtainable at any other school.

- submitted by a parent
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September 22, 2009
The best teachers are here and the learning atmosphere is conducive to make school fun and interesting

- submitted by a community member
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September 22, 2009
The teachers rock, the campus is great, and my son is getting a world-class education. I <3 Monte Vista!

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2009
My girls love the school and their teachers. It's a true community school.

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2009
It has a great spirit of parent participation!!! We always have more then needed for any event.

- submitted by a community member
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September 21, 2009
I love Monte Vista because There are a lot of good teacher and staff.

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2009
Excellent academic program and staff. Well organized, clean, up to date in technology and information. Nurturing, caring, loving and giving!

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September 21, 2009
has a great teaching staff, an excellent academic program as well as other interesting activities.

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2009
Amazing dedication by teachers toward students.

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2009
Student success is the main focus across the board with the entire staff. It is working hard to keep up with technology for the students to thrive on!

- submitted by a teacher
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September 21, 2009
My son love attending Monte Vista and thinks his school is the best . . . he loves singing the Monte Vista Spirit song and is proud to be a student of the school!

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2009
I love Monte Vista Elementary School because it has great teachers that worry about their students' education. If you want your child to succeed, MOnte Vista is the right place for it.

- submitted by a parent
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September 20, 2009
Monte Vista has it all..excellent academics, fantasic fine arts, terrific teachers and a sense of nostalgia with good old fashioned fun.

- submitted by a parent
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September 20, 2009
The teachers are very dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
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September 20, 2009
My three children grew up to become amazing individuals who got their start going through Monte Vista Elementary School from Kindergarten and now my granddaughter is following in those same footsteps. The teachers and the students work together to build a lasting impact of good for everyone involved.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
September 20, 2009
Feels like home, all parents and teachers work together.

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2009
The teachers care about my kids and are committed to the art of teaching.

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2009
I am so glad that 2 of my kids graduated from Monte Vista Elementary School and my little son is attending now. The right beginning in the right school is the key for the bright future. All the great qualified teachers, the organized teaching rooms in campus and the students that come from the families that have quality makes the school so special...Thank you Monte Vista we love you. :)

- submitted by a parent
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September 20, 2009
The community is great, the teachers are great, and the campus is great. There is a lot of parent support as well!

- submitted by a parent
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September 19, 2009
The parents care so much, and the teachers give so much of themselves.

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September 19, 2009
Wonderful family and faculty commitment to excellence.

- submitted by a parent
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September 19, 2009
We have the best kids and teachers! Students work so hard and are concerned about their futures. Teachers spend countless hours beyond the school day doing what they need to in order to help their students. Scores are very high among those in all of California. Parents care and work long hours at school to help provide a great atmosphere.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
September 19, 2009
One of the best schools in Glendale Unified School District. Experienced teaching staff. Motivated, and creative, staff.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2009
great parental involvement

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 19, 2009
Amazing, qualified, caring teachers, involved parents. Lots of communication between teachers and parents. High expectations for all students.

- submitted by a parent
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September 19, 2009
Monte Vista Elementary in La Crescenta, CA is the best school in the nation not just because of great teachers but it has 100% parents involvement with students and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
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September 19, 2009
A tight knit community where everyone looks after each other, a dedicated staff, and parents who are willing to give the extra effort to ensure that the children don't miss an opportunity to learn and grow. . . Monte Vista

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2009
This is a fantastic school. Caring teachers, wonderful kids, and an amazing level of parental involvement. I am already getting sad about having to leave once my youngest graduates from 6th grade in three years!

- submitted by a parent
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September 18, 2009
Monte Vista is a huge part of our community. The teachers, school staff and volunteers all contribute to this very positive environment. We are proud of our school and its students!

- submitted by a parent
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September 18, 2009
We love the sense of community, the incredibly active parents and the ways that they make learning fun for children. Their excellent track record speaks for itself, but the teachers do more than just get test results. The kids love learning!!

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2009
Everybody is very involved. The staff is wonderful. Very family oriented environment. Love it.

- submitted by a parent
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September 18, 2009
Our school is the best! Kids, of course, are awesome! The teachers are incredible. They inspire our children, always go the extra mile and truly take an interest in their success! The parents are a wonderful group, involved in everything to enhance the learning environment and to make sure our children leave Monte Vista as well rounded citizens of our community.

- submitted by a parent
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September 18, 2009
Monte Vista has a great academic record thanks to the coordinated efforts of the staff, the parents, and the community. Hooray Monte Vista!

- submitted by a parent
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September 18, 2009
They have the best staff. They are also well organized. Everyone is like a family. All parents at Monte Vista Elementary are very involved with all school activities.

- submitted by a parent
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September 18, 2009
We have the best staff and parents, great test scores, and a very cute mascot too!

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2009
The test scores just came in and we were the second highest in La Crescenta! Great kids, Great scores, Great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 18, 2009
If there ever was a place with all of the positive elements that children need to learn & grow, it is Monte Vista Elementary. Albeit quaint, this school has a great character and brings out the best in students, parents and teachers. Monte Vista is constantly striving for excellence and because of this, I am confident that my child is building a strong foundation for the rest of her academic career. Monte Vista is simply the best!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 18, 2009
Dedicated, professional staff, devoted parents- at Monte Vista we've got it all!

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2009
It is a great school, we love Monte vista. The teachers are great, the staff is helpful.

- submitted by a parent
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September 18, 2009
The teachers are great motivators and educators. There is lots of parental support at the school. These facts add up to a great school.

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2006
There are some good elements of this school but its obsession with standardized testing takes away from the time kids get to learn and enjoy to learn. Also, it has no art or music program. A hard school for a child who is artistically inclined.

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2006
Monte Vista is a great school with devoted teachers. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The teachers strive to keep up with the rest of the world, bringing in as much technology as they can. They are work their hardest to make each a day a new experience for their students. There is a sense of parent involvement and a true community spirit. this is a school that is a national blue ribbon school. Obviously, they are doing something right!

- submitted by a teacher

June 21, 2005
Both my kids went to M.V., the last leaving June 2004. It is an outstanding school. The staff is hardworking and effective. The parental involvement is very high. That combination insures its success.

- submitted by a parent

November 25, 2003
Monte Vista is an excellent school, with excellent teachers/staff. Parent involvement is key to a great school and Monte Vista can't be beat as far as parent involvement is concerned.

- submitted by a parent

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Monte Vista Elementary School
2620 Orange Avenue, La Crescenta, CA  91214
(818) 248-2617
Last modified Monte Vista Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Monte Vista Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top