We started our child in kindergarten in August. Maybe we wound up with the wrong teacher, but we felt the standards and expectations for a kid entering kindergarten were ridiculous and would only lead to one stressed out kid. Asking a 5 year old to use the words agonize and dismal? What happened to cat, dog, house, tree, etc.. -- words that they're more likely to be familiar with.
We are both accomplished professionals and have high expectations for our child, but felt that the environment here was basically a race to cram as much information into our child's head as quickly as possible, without any respect for the age appropriateness of the information being shared.
There were also a lot of rules -- about having to color in the lines or color things the "correct" colors. If you believe in instilling creativity in your kids or allowing them time to discover the things that matter and resonate with them, this is not the school for you. If, instead, you value rote learning and a "because I said so" attitude you will be very happy here.
It's a California public school inside of Glendale Unified. As expected, the teachers are lazy but not too different than any other public sector labor force taking my property tax dollar for granted. Teaching quality is OK overall, but there are a few teachers who make it a mission to teach the children to her/his utmost capability even with the new common core standards. And, yes, there are some who don't even give out homework because he/she is too lazy to grade them. The student body is fine overall and the kids, for the most part, are compassionate with kind spirits. NOTE: even if your kids excel here, there is no such thing as GATE program or some other courses where they can learn more than a typical kid with average intelligence. GATE kids typically have to take courses outside of school paying more money to not so great private institutions who fleece money. The donation or encouragement of donation is quite minuscule that there isn't much pressure at all. Finally, The foreign language immersion program, which is located at this school, is good for the district dollars but not good for other kids who are not attending that particular program. It makes the whole school crowded with involved parents hogging up the traffic in the morning. Given the sad shape of public schools in CA, this is an excellent school but on a more universal scale, I'd say, it's a good school, barely.
This is our first year at Monet Vista. Our experience so far has been very positive. Principal Risse is very involved and genuinely cares about the school. The teachers are very helpful and nurturing. So far so good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. .