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Montebello, CA
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840 North Garfield Avenue
Montebello, CA 90640

(323) 728-5435
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February 19, 2015
As a tuition paying parent, my only grievance is with the Principal. It is time for her dismissal. Ms. Moreno lacks people skills, lacks leadership skills and is not a role model for the students. She is moody and is not intelligent enough to deal with and professionally handle day to day situations. Father John needs to be involved and remove this principal. The Daughters of Charity need to be more involved and remove this principal. The Archdiocese needs to be involved and remove this principal.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2015
I have been satisfied with the instruction and the teachers at the school. Older students are encouraged to interact with younger ones, which fosters a family environment. There have been some changes with the office staff, and I now I really feel welcomed when I visit. As with every school, there are areas that can be improved. But most importantly, I feel my children are safe and well-cared by teachers & staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2014
Olmm is a horrible school & I do not recommend taking your children here. the pricipal is the worst and does not like kids . she makes you feel like ou cannot accomplish anything . she makes kids cry and feel like they are bad kids & worthless . I transferred from this school because the teachers are horrible and do not reach you anything .

- submitted by a community member
August 05, 2014
Two of my children attend OLMM and my eldest just graduated. I have been very pleased with the teachers all of my children have had. The teachers work hard and clearly care for our children. My children are well adjusted here and look forward to coming to school. Absolutely, all schools will have their deficits, and OLMM is no exception. However, the Catholic education, positive environment their teachers and friends provide for them and academia are the positive outcomes of the school. The school offers a variety of family-friendly activities, continue to incorporate technology into their curriculum and multicultural activities to help promote a responsive pedagogy. I am concerned about the high turnover of teachers, however. Whether that is due to professional advancement or internal affairs is to be questioned and if it is the latter, perhaps something needs to change. A great school is lead by a great leader. A great leader "leads from the back" not from the "front"-Nelson Mandela. I pray that my children continue to make academic, personal and spiritual growth.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
Overcrowded school. Might as well go to a public school. My child receives no one on one attention.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
Not a very good school, parents and teachers are great BUT the principle is the problem she exhibits poor communication skills, unable to take suggestions from parents or staff, can be very offensive/aggressive toward parents. She also seems to show very little interest in the students. The parish has been approached several times as to the concerns regarding the principle has fallen on deaf ears. PLEASE consider other schools in the area your money is going to waste sending your children to this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
OLMM is a great school. Students excel academically while being taught our Catholic faith. The teachers are experienced and open to all learning styles. Graduates attend competitive Catholic high schools around Southern California. Our children have made friends for a life time at OLMM.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2013
My child is currently attending OLMM. I am very happy with this school. I attending st. Benedict's and wanted a different experience for my child. OLMMs principal sets a caring and religious tone to her school. I enjoy family day with gourmet food trucks visiting the school, weekend pumpkin patch, saints day, international day (where every grade represents a different country) and many extra school events. This school does require parent involvement which is great. There Are parent meetings to have your voice heard if you do have any concerns. I love this school and I'm very pleased with my child developing into a well-rounded student.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
I have two children. One has graduated from OLMM and the other is still attending the school. I have had no problems with the school. I was concerned about how my older child (straight A student) would do in high school, but so far he is doing great. He is attending a very good public school in a nearby community which is known to be strong academically. My younger child is doing just as well. I believe some parents would just like to look at the school as being defective rather than believing it may be a problem with the child. I have a teacher in the family (in a public school) and hear this is sometimes the case. As far as staff is concerned, I feel "you reap what you sow". If you treat people with respect you usually receive it back. I have not had any bullying problems but that would be a deal breaker for me. I think it is funny when you read one review that says the school is not strong academically and another says their child gets too much homework. I am sure there are better schools and I am sure there are worse, but I think your child can receive a great education at OLMM if you are involved and supportive, which is after all the job of being a parent.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
Academically, below average. Does not offer advance math and science classes. No parent association and rampant favoritism.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
Im a former student of this school. THIS SCHOOL IS AWFUL!!! I was bullied unmercilessly and even after repeated reports to the principal she did nothing to help me with the the problem. At this school i was in accelerated algebra and accelerated english. Upon entering high school i realized i was not at all ready for the curriculum, this school did not throughly prepare me for high school. Not to mention the drama the principal has gotten into and hiring her friends who are incompetent. If you are thinking of sending your kid here PLEASE! Reconsider a more helpful and family oriented school that is not in it for the money.

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2013
I went to school here and thought about taking my son here because all my family went here. I was welcomed very nicely with the office staff who I remember when I attended. I thought perfect. This is for my son too. He'll walk the same footsteps like myself down the halls. Very exciting moment. But then I saw the principal who used to be my math teacher. Who put me down as if I couldn't accomplish anything. At our beach trip she yelled at one of the other teachers with obscene language in front of everyone. Now that I'm older I found that very immature. You can't like everyone at a school but I saw other parents regretting taking their child there but didn't want to take them out because they already made their friends. I go to their carnivals and other festivities to support my parish and it just doesn't seem the same. It seems like every parent there is unhappy and miserable. When I remember it, parents had fun and looked forward to it. I still hear stories of how much fun they USED TO have. I do not recommend this school. Unless you like to brown nose and maybe take the teachers treats and gifts to get on their good side. by all means. do it.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2012
I'm a parent of 3 kids from 8th- 4th grade. This is their second year attending this school and I couldn't be happier. My children have not experienced any problems. As Far as teacher's they've been great, when my son entered that school he was struggle in math he couldn't keep up the upper grade math teacher realized it and right away made arrangements on how the school could help and they did. The principal has been nothing but kind to me and my family. I am extremely greatful to her she opened her school doors when two others wouldn't since my income was low they wouldn't offer much assistance. I would like to clarify I'am not a staff member, nor personal friend of the principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
School is great, sisters of charity always helping. My family is realy thankful to the school staf.my kids love it !!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2012
This school has a HUGE bullying problem and has been so for at least the past 6 years. And no wonder, it starts with the principal, who has a bad disposition, and ends up wit the teachers, especially the male upper class math teacher who berates and screams at the kids. Ask any one of them, they'll tell you they're afraid of him. The principal refuses to do anything because he is a friend of hers. They talk about christian family values; but they load the kids with so much homework that there is no family time in the evening. Supervision is sorely lacking, decision making by the administration is illogical at best. Don't send your kids here. Thank God my kids are out. The five rating are obviously planted by the staff or those "chosen" parents". Just look at the number of bad reviews.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
I have children there as well and I think the school is great for what you pay for. As far as kids getting bullied, well I think your child must march directly to the office and they WONT stand for that. As far as the principal, she is doing a great job, what else do you want her to do. She's running the school and dealing with over 400 kids plus their parents...a lot of different personalities..if some of you feel she is unapproachable, then set-up a meeting with her, I have.. and guess what it works. I know sometimes it might be overwhelming as far as volunteering your time and everything they ask for...all schools are like that now due to the economy. You may say this lady is crazy she probably doesn't work..well guess what I work full time and have a profession and children and commute over an hour. So life is grand we must deal with it on a daily basis, leave the teaching and running the school to the principal and her staff. If we have concerns, they have meetings, I've been there and I've not heard one person get up to speak. The office staff IS friendly remember..you have kids, parents ect...wanting to talk to one person. Give them a break.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
I completly agree with this last review. The five star rating does seem planted obviously by an "alumni parent", (probably a friend of the Principal) whose child is most likely being given preference over other children and feels empowered enough to BULLY other children that are in fact, "Well rounded" . It seems that no one cares about what is happening in this school and that the Daughters of Charity are being ill informed. HOW SAD.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
I read a review 2 days ago and it was taken down. It wasn't obscene. The person just didn't have anything nice to say about the principal. The day it was taken down it was replaced by a 5 star review. No one likes a bad review but we rely on these websites to find honest opinions about the schools we are researching. And we are smart enough to look past a personal issue and not conclude it is a true reflection of the school. I would hate to think that this website has lost its credibility by taking down a bad review. And just my opinion, the new 5 star review looks like a plant. When I read "office staff are friendly and helpful..." seriously??? Full disclosure, I'm not a fan of the principal. But when the Daughters of Charity are not listening, this is the only place we have to warn other parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
I currrently have 3 children attending OLMM and one future viking soon to be enter preschool. We are very satisfied with the school, acedemically and socially. We transferred from another school 3 years ago and I am so grateful for finding this school. As a working parent, I am still very much involved in the schools events. I have not had any difficulty communicating with teachers either personally or through email. I find the principal to be social and involved with the students and genuinly cares about the well being of the school and students. The principal and many teachers are alumni and of course they strive to provide a positive teaching environment. Full time nurse is a big plus, office staff are friendly and helpful. My children have not been left hungry if they forget their lunch, the cafeteria personnel provides them food (I get charged for it but thats fine). As far as the teacher/student ratio, its no different than most public schools, although teachers aids are provided. Do public schools have teachers aids? Music, computer and PE depts are also +++!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2012
My children attended OLMM and my husband and I were very involved in the school but when my child began to get bullied neither the teachers nor the principal did anything to help us. My child began to suffer academically and even then the principal did nothing. I had to pull my children out of the school to save them. This school needs a new principal ASAP.

- submitted by a community member
July 15, 2011
I give this school one star less than Excellent...not because I think it doesn't deserve 5 stars but because there is always room for improvement at any school. I really like this school. My child just started a few years ago and so far it's been a great experience. She's been a great student academically and is very happy there. The teachers are more than qualified to teach and are friendly. I've noticed that some reviews give the Principal a bad rating, but frankly I have not encountered any problems with her. She seems very friendly, involved, and very caring of the students. And for those who wrote that any public school in the area provides a better education than a private education at OLMM are ill-informed. Unless, you are willing to send your child to another city (ex. in Beverly Hills, Westwood, etc.), public schools in and around this area, at this moment with all the budget cuts, provide nothing more than a sub-par education. I would definitely recomemend this school to others.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2011
i have been struggling with this school for 2 years now, but i think i am at the end of my rope. i have had too many teacher issues with one son which i have overlooked/diminished for which i feel guilty. Now it started with the younger one-his teacher seeming to not care as she did so much before; my star student acting up, saying he is bored. There is something going on at OLMM. Too many stories to tell - i will say i have now heard 2-3 awful stories about serious issues needing attention and the principal refusing to meet with parents???

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2011
My main reason for taking my children out of this school was the concern of the overall quality of education. We were happy with their current teachers but I wasn't having that same confidence with some other grades. The large class sizes were an issue. Not the fault of the teacher but inevitably there was a lot of waiting. Waiting in line. Waiting for the class to get settled. My children no longer complain about being bored. The lunch offered was good quality food but there were lots of mistakes. At $4.50 a day, I want my kid to get what we ordered. Can you imagine going from 8 to 3pm and only having a snack? Obtaining information about anything was painful. The school's clubs, enrichment programs, teacher credentials, etc. - these are basic "pamphlet" questions from any concerned parent. We enrolled although we didn't have our questions answered. It had to be a good school. All our friends were there. It was our parish. And then we found out no one else was happy. Everyone was looking to leave. Or felt trapped because their child was a year or two from graduation. If you just want to drop off your kids and "not worry about it", this is the place.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2011
This is my child's second yr. and is now in the 4th grade. I love this school. We left a school that had too many half days, unhealthy lunches, tired teachers, and popularity was important to parents. At OLMM, they rarely have half days, they have on site cook, friendly knowledgeable teachers, and full time nurse that does not double as a secretary. It is obvious that academics are important here rather then cheer leading. Their fund raising is for school improvement. They have new computers, smart boards, modern desks, and field trips.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
I am a parent of 2 children in the school and I am very pleased. I am a very involved parent too. I have only good things to say about the principal and teachers and staff. This school seems to really care about education and morals. I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2010
I would not recommend this school. The student/teacher ratio is ridiculous. They have sacrificed the quality of learning by accepting too many kids per class. They only look at childrens performance as an average of the entire school. I agree the prinicipal shows not interest if you have a concern. I feel that I literally home schooled my child the entire year. Needless to say, my child will not be attending next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
This school is a big disappointment. The Principle is not interested in the students. I agree she is in way over her head. The school has lost several students over the last few months & it is not due to financial reasons. I have wasted not only about $20K in tuition, my children are behind academically. Public schools offer more. Do not be fooled by what they preach.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 14, 2010
My son is currently a student at this school. I have to say that I am thoroughly disappointed with this school. The teachers and Principal, to me are not in line with what Catholic School staff should be. There is definitely a lack of communication from the staff to the parents. As of now my intention is to finish out the year and am in the process of looking for another school to send him to.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2009
Both of my kids attend this school, I think my kids talents and positive attitudes thanks to great teachers, staffa and Principal show everywhere we go. My nephews attended this school and they got accepted to the Best High Schools in LA.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating July 08, 2009
My son recently graduated from this school and I would have to say that although he developed a lot of great friendships....I was very unsatisfied with some of the staff. Some of the teachers are definitely a little too full of themselves & the principal, as stated by another parent, is in DIRE need of communication skills.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
I have two children attending Olmm. They enjoy all the functions that the school has planned for the students. I do plan to enroll them again for next year. I as well do enjoy the school and the school functions. My children also love the 8th grade teachers. I adore both of them as well and think that the school is lucky to have such two dedicated school teachers. The principal does need to work on communication a little bit more. She could learn from the upper grade teachers a lot. They are a lot more affective and are able to keep me updated. I would appreciate it if the principal could inform the parents early as well as communicating. Other than that i love this completely! I do plan to recommend other parents to this school in the future!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
I have one child attending and for the most part the experience as a parent and from what I can tell for my child has been positive. The prinicple in my opinion lacks the experience required to be effective, she lacks communication skills and her inability to deal with her staff and parents is a weakness she need to desperately improve on. The pre school is by far the best program (five stars) the school has going for it great teacher and staff it is the reason why we stayed with the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2008
My experience so far with OLMM have been good. My child has be fortunate to have had wonderful supportive teachers. I have heard many non positive stories about the principal though. From my opinion she seems to me to be lacking certain skills such as verbal and organizational skills. Not to say she is a bad person, but taking classes/trainings on how to better them would help the school all the way around. Her involvement in some of the school activities as well do not show good leadership. Hopefully in the new school year she will show improvement.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2008
I have had my two children attend OLMM for the past 6 years. Academically the school is very good I understand that some teachers from 6-7th grade need more experience dealing with adolecent children and hopefully this issue will be addressed within the next two years or we will be switching schools. The principal also needs to be more open to the concerns of the parents and the teachers as well. We have unfortunately lost a couple of good teachers in the primary level. The teachers Prek-5th and 8th grade are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 14, 2008
'Excellent parish, actively involving parents and children, good teen program. As for as academia is concerned, OLMM hits the nail directly on the head'

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2008
I go to school there! i love it

- submitted by a student
May 20, 2008
My experience at this school has been a great one. I find the children are well prepared for High School. Almost every child who graduates from OLMM gets accepted to their High School of choice. Many are top private High Schools. I've heard negative comments about the principal, however she is a young woman who is also a mother of a young infant and a teenager and understands the concerns of parents. She is a wonderful principal who is many times misunderstood. All the parents that complain are spoiled parents who want their kids to get away with everything and don't want their children to be disipline. If you don't want to follow the rules and policies of the school you should remove your child out of the school and go somewhere else. This is a catholic school that teaches christian values.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2008
I currently have three children at the school. It is my personal belief that K-4 grade the academics are challenging and well worth the money. However, the upper graders academics fall short. I find that my child is not being challenged. I find that when I try to contact the principal she does not return phone calls and it takes several messages for her to respond. There is one new teacher that is very difficult to work with. I believe the administration needs to screen the teachers that teach the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
I attended OLMM many years ago as did my brothers and a few of my relatives. The school has had many changes but at the same time not enough. I have seen individuals that work at the mall in years back teaching at the school. While I don't think that most of the teachers are academically prepared enough, for what you pay you can't complain. It's too bad that the school does not encourage the brightest kids all being in the same classrooms to challenge and push themselves. While some of the students do in fact go on to attend good high schools, at those schools it is clear that OLMM does not help children in building the social skills needed to be amongst the academically and socially brightest kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2007
As a parent I could'nt have been happier to get my child enrolled at OLMM but over the past couple of years we have felt there has been a sense the school has lost its direction. We have begun searching for a alternative educational institutions. The principle is young and has shown an inability to work with parents when concerning important issues. Hopefully she will become a bit more open minded and show she can work with parents to address issues that are concerns to all that are associated with this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2007
This is a wonderful school. The teachers are very knowledgable and seem to really care and love their students. The staff are always friendly and supportive. My child has been going to this school for the past three years and I've noticed an improve difference in his schoolwork and social skills. If you want your child to have a successful education then I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2006
This is a good school. The teachers are outstanding and attentive to the children. I don't know the exact student/teacher ratio but I beleive it is about 23 to 1. There are only 2 classrooms per grade level. The buildings are old but the staff and always trying to improve. The only bad thing I can really say about the school is the kids play on the blacktop all day. Not only is it hot but there is alot of bruised knees.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2005
OLMM isn't a big school. The principal is very nice and always looks out for the students well-being. The shool is outstanding in sprots and does even better academically.

- submitted by a parent

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840 North Garfield Avenue, Montebello, CA  90640
(323) 728-5435
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