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Montclaire Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $1,525,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,630.

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Posted July 14, 2012

We moved our second child from a private school to Montclaire. For the 3rd one, the choice has been obvious from the beginning. The overall sense of community, parents involvement, and volunteering is second to none. Some of the teachers are outstanding. Our kids love the school and are eager to go there every morning. Montclaire went beyond our most optimistic expectations from an elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2011

My daughter has attended Montclaire since kindergarten and is now in third grade. So far, she has experienced the most amazing teachers and support staff that have gone beyond my expectations as a parent. My daughter has been on an IEP program since first grade. Once an issue of learning disabilities was confirmed, the principle, her teacher, and all members of the IEP staff provided exemplary support to teach my daughter ways to work with her learning issues and gave extra support to me so that I could further the same academic teaching techniques that they were using while working with my daughter on her homework. Montclaire has given my daughter incredible opportunities to succeed - going well beyond what most schools in other districts would offer their students. The most significant aspect of Montclaire is that they do not teach to the test . Instead, the teachers focus their efforts on getting children to think for themselves and find the answers on their own. Montclaire gives our children the foundations for successful academic careers that will benefit them well into their college years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2011

This is "the best" school due to the awesome parents and their dedication to the kids and the the school. Most of the parents here were academic over achievers "back in the day" (of their time). Most parents tend to be leaders in their community or work. 90% of the families have only one working parent. The non-working parents typically donate their time to the kids+school. Donations through MEF, etc raise over $500K per year. All this makes a recipe for success for the kids + school. Most kids go on to do well later in their education and careers. Most kids go on to Cupertino Middle and Homestead High, the remaining bunch go on to Kennedy Middle and Monte Vista. Both excellent schools. Not relevant to the education or the ratings (in my opinion), but something worth noting, the grounds are okay and in need of updating + bathrooms could use some updating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

My involvement in Montclaire began in 1973. I was a volunteer in my childrens classes for 9 years. The teachers and virtually 100% parent involvment resulted in students that excelled in their advanced educations, professions and family lives. So many of them are still fast friends. Now my grandchildren attend Montclaire and there is the same level of teacher and parental support. The students are happy and love their school, you can't ask for more. Go Tigers!!! o


Posted May 7, 2010

Great teachers and great kids!!! Keep working with the students and never give up!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

Montclaire School only has the best interst of the kids in mind. It has a community where everyone pitches in and do what they can...for the kids! The teachers are the best of the best. They make learning fun!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

This is our second year at Montclaire, and overall, we are happy with the community and quality of education. Parent and community involvement is very high, through the MEF, PTA and other organizations. The physical space is not as nice as some of the other schools in Los Altos (which are in a different district) but it's still pretty good. Class sizes are under 20 for grade 1. I'm not a huge fan of the early bird/late bird kinder system, but it worked out fine for our son and seems pretty common. Overall, a fine school and wonderful community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

My family loves Montclaire! What is very special about this school is the focus on student, faculty, parent and community involvement. My twins attend school here and we are completely happy with the teachers -- Mrs. Kridl and Miss Zaro are their kindergarten teachers. They have found ways to help my children with their self expression, learn to be more independent, challenge their thinking and abilities, learn to develop their social skills and foster a sense of pride in the work they do. They have fun activities for the parents and family to participate and there is strong school spirit and incredible parent involvement. I feel very fortunate that we decided to send them to Montclaire!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

Montclaire is an excellent school. Both my kids has graduated from here. Great community, great teachers and supported parents. They have a wonderful boy scout (Pack 501) program which my son and our whole family enjoyed very much. Kids really feel like home in the Montclaire community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2007

Great elementary school with a variety of extracurricular activities and very strong community involvement. Arts, music, science and strong focus on language arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2006

Great teachers, supportive community, parents funded MEF.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

My daughter is a Kindergartener in Ms. Zaro's class. Though I've only experienced Montclaire for less than a year, I'm impressed with the parent involvement and teacher quality. I also think it's great that the Montclaire Educational Foundation can fund additional headcount to help students in the classroom. There is good communication with parents through the weekly newsletter and there is information on many extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2005

I don't recommend this school because the quality of teachers is not so good. API is good because most of atudents are children of smart parents, not because of this school or teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

Very well rounded curriculum. Excellent parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2005

Montclaire has a very involved community of families. The staff consists of several newbies, mid-lifers and several veterans. Split grade level classes as well as split contracts by teachers are a communication challenge. Consistency on grouping the split grade levels is non existent. 3rd grade for us was a wasted year due to a 'split'. The majority of the faculty are all very nice, approachable, pleasant people to work with. Principal is not consistant with disipline issues. The school has changed is past approach of 'Teach to Test' to a softer touch and test scores reflect this. Parent involvement is based on a few key players doing most of the work, while others 'cut a check' to cover their part. CSMA teaches art, a definite positive! Spanish was added this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2004

We have been very happy with the quality of education and enrichment programs at Montclaire. The principal is open to your suggestions and encourages parental participation. Montclaire has a private educational foundation funded by parents, which pays for extra teacher's aides, PE coaches, art and music instruction, and a full-time librarian. I feel that the work and homework expected of the children is age-appropriate and is not excessive (so far).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2004

As a board member of the Montclaire Educational Foundation, I find excellent parent participation in school fund raising events, as evidenced by us being able to raise over $250K annually in additional funds for the schools. The quality of the teachers is solid with a low turnover rate and many veteran teachers. The principle is in his second year as a principle, yet is a fine leader. As a part of the CUSD, due to excellent financial planning from the district we have yet to see any cuts which have effected the classrooms as of Januray 2004. The school facilities are in good shape with only 5 rooms in portables, a nice GLC, new playground equipment and athletic fields for soccer, baseball, tennis immediately behind the school. There is great school spirit and a great attitude towards learning while having fun at this school. There is an onsite Child Development Center to watch your childern before and after school as needed and there is also many other activities such as Band, Chorus, French, Running Club, Sports, and etc available for the children before and after school. If you believe in the test scores, Montclaire always scores in the top schools in the state and the Cupertino Union School District is currently the #1 rated district in the state.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

968

Change from
2012 to 2013

+6

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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API score

968

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Change from
2012 to 2013

+6

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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95%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students93%
Females91%
Males96%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students95%
Females95%
Males96%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students90%
Females89%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students95%
Females96%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students92%
Females93%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students92%
Females98%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students95%
Females95%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students96%
Females97%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students96%
Females95%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 47%
Asian 38%
Two or more races 7%
Hispanic 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 1%N/AN/A
English language learners 3%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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1160 Street Joseph Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94024
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