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K-8
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Monterey Park, CA
Students enrolled: 908
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400 Casuda Canyon Drive
Monterey Park, CA 91754

(626) 308-2427
(626) 308-2429
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April 28, 2014
We have been here for 1/2 a year and are looking forward to many more years to come!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
We have attended Monterey Highlands for 5 years. In 2012 new administration took over and this school is going down BIG TIME!!! All this principal looks at is #'s, she makes ZERO connection with the students, staff and parents! She hides in her office all day, runs to meetings and is NEVER seen on campus, unless to enforce rules. Parents have made multiple complaints and yet all she does is counter with threats, fear and intimidation instead of using her brain to reach an amicable solution. We have even gone to district with proof of these allegations and they side with her, so unless more parents speak up, this will be a cascading slide into complete degradation of the once great Monterey Highlands Elementary School. Wake up AUSD, before its too late!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
I moved back to Monterey Park just so my kids can attend this school. Best decision ever! Mrs. Young has been both of my boys' teacher and she is wonderful with the kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
I don't write many reviews but when it comes to my kids there's nothing I will not do. I enrolled my twins in a TK class in which they seem to be learning so much more than in pre-school. They have a nice teacher in Mrs. Young, who I have seen stay late hours. We also enrolled my 5th grade niece who likes her teacher Mrs. Schu, even though she is a little strict. She is getting a lot more homework than she did in a charter school last year, which is good. I just went through the live scan and TB clearance for volunteering which I thought was a big hassle, but I do understand and agree with the new policy. So in general I do like Monterey Highlands and my new community.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
This school is hit or miss. If you're lucky or 'know someone' or are in fact a teacher yourself, you end up getting a mediocre teacher. Such was the case with my child, I feel. She was one of the many top students in her class and yet was placed in a class among kids that were way below her level. My child complains of being bored. The school/home work is a repeat of everything she had already learned last year. Her previous classmates were all placed with 2 popular teachers. Those kid's parents also either teach at highlands or a school in the district. I think most of them don't even live in the area and are on permits. I don't understand why our classes are overfilled and yet we keep taking outside kids?

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2013
This school WAS great because there were so many parents assisting the teachers. You can see it going to the field trips with students. There are so many parent volunteers versus other schools. NO LONGER SO. The district added on so many new rules and basically shut out people who are helping. What is more important? Helping kids or appeasing the insurance companies?

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2012
In addition to a beautiful setting with lush hills, trees and fields of grass, this school has amazing teachers and staff. The parents are so involved, they make all of the wonderful events such as Spooky Bash, Book Fairs and Day At The Fair successful.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2012
We love this school!! The kindergarten program is excellent! Teachers are very consistent and go above and beyond! Students achieve here and still get a well-rounded education. Extracurricular activities are a forte at this school. The PTA is marvelous and makes this school come alive. Also, school grounds are surrounded by a community park which adds a little "nature" to the school's environment. Mr. Cash, the school's former principal was truly dedicated to this school. Dr. Kotani, the previous assistant principal and new principal shows just as much promise.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
teachers are nice and friendly. My child is kindergarten now. she loves school. school is so passionate it.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
You did very good jobs for past year, it's incredible work. The API from 851 /2009 to 882 /2010.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2010
You know a school is good when the children have challenging work, get good grades and love their teachers. The new office staff seem wonderful. Welcome ladies!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2010
It has it's good's and bad's like no other schools. What I don't like is that there is no good reading program. What I like is the parent involvement and good teachers. The Cinco de Mayo rocks just like the Chinese New Years Celebration. My child has never had a Latina/Hispanic teacher but this last year he did...and I would rather had an Asian than her. What this school lacks is supervision. Does anyone knows about the fire that happen in school grounds do to no supervision when the children came out of the after school program. They would be alone with no adult supervision for 30-45 min.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
The principal and teachers care about children's education and health development.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2010
My daughter has attended Monterey Highlands for two years. We love the school, teachers, and administrators. The shool has a great principal (Mr. Cash) who is always participating in all of the events and who ensures that all the students are provided a safe environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
good, dedicated teachers. lots of extra-curricular activities beyond the minimum required by the state.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 12, 2010
Monterey Highlands is a wonderful school! Teachers are ** E X C E L L E N T!!!**

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
It is simply the best school in the San Gabriel Valley!! I attended here, and all my siblings have attended, and currently attend this school and the quality of education here is like no other. When i have children they will attend here as well. :D

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
All of my children have attended this school and have receive a wonderful education and made many great memories. The teachers are wonderful and really strive to help the children. My youngest is currently attending and loves it. Great location, great campus, great staff, what more can I say? Monterey Highlands is great!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Nice area, good teachers. Mrs. Shyu is a fourth grade teacher. She is not only a good teacher in academic also a loving mentor to the children. Mrs. Shyu makes a memory book for every student every year. She also wrote a very touching letter to every one at the end of the memory book. She gives a lot of time and effect to help her students. They have a lot of good teachers like Mrs. Shyu. They are making difference in our children every day. They are making Monterey Highland school a great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
I've had children attend Monterey Highlands School for more than 15 years! Its a fabulous school, always has been. My children who are out of high school now received top notch education as well as my children who currently attend. I have only good things to say about this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
The learning environment is excellent. The teachers are first-class and the administrators are very involved. Love Monterey Highlands.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
I love what this school has taught and done for my grand daughters. Every step of the way their reading, writing, comprehension and math skills are progressive. And, we truly enjoy their music programs and all the people who attend. The teachers and staff are doing an awesom job - keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
Monterey Highlands School has so many supportive teachers and principals and they really deserve to get the $20,000.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
The teachers at Monterey Highlands School have more pride in teaching the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Teachers have been great for my grand-daughters! Music programs are excellent, too

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 10, 2010
My grand daughter has learned to read so quickly and now reads to me! I love it.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 10, 2010
The school is full of supportive faculty and staff who want to see your children succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
My daughter has learned so much since she started kindergarten in Sept.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 08, 2010
I love the way the teacherstry their best to help the students!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
The teachers' are very supportive and dedicated to the students' success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
The school is dededicated to student's success. Teachers care for their students and students take pride in being part of Monterey Highlands.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
The richness and and diversity of the student body is impressive, and the variety of extra curricular activities provided is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
The teachers, staff, and parents do so much for the children, who are so well-behaved.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
I love this school because of their dedicated faculties and commitment to excellence.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
I love this school because the students are so wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
the teacher and staff are do a lots work for the children

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
We have the highest PTA membership in the district. Our teachers and staff are top notch that care way beyond what they are paid for.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
It is a community based school in which everyone is very active in the school's activities. This family feel is reflected in the school atmosphere and in the academic scores.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
Wonderful school, nice campus, nice neighborhood, nice staff and principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
I love this school. Great teachers, wonderful parents and the best kids ever! Thank you everyone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
Monterey Highlands is hidden in the little gem part of Monterey Park away from traffic. The ground is so safe that there is no 12 foot barb wire fencing like the other nearby school. The school staff is dedicated to teaching the kids.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 06, 2010
very distinguished school, dedicated staff, well-behaved students, very supportive parents and community and school district

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
This is the best school in the San Gabriel valley

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
good environment, dedicated teachers, parent & teacher work very close supportive& safe community

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
This school is awesome because the teachers really care about the students. The educational standards are top notch and there are many fun activities planned throughout the year to encourage the students. I am so grateful that my children have the opportunity to attend such a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Monterey Highlands is a school that has dedicated teachers and staff. They set a high curriculum for the students which is good, and they use positive motivation to enhance the students learning abilities. I also attended Monterey Highlands school from second to eigth grade and I had a great experience when I was there. I would recommend this school to other parents and their childern.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Monterey Highlands is a great school. They have many outstanding teachers and caring staff that are devoted to help students to learn and succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
My daugther is studying in that school. Mr. Cash and all other teachers are so dedicate to students! School envirment are super. Monterey Highlands Elementary school holds a very high reputation in our community which we are so proud of!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Monterey Highland is a great school, it has lots of activities during the year to keep kids interested in learning. Most of the teachers care about thier students and I've seen lots of parents volunteer their time to help out at school, and that is a good recipe for success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
This is a great school with a demanding curriculum, which encourages students to learn more and to study hard. In addition, the curriculum is not all about academics, which will help the students to be well-rounded individuals.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
I like parents-teacher interaction. Parents can actively involve with school and class. I know my kids performance by actively communications with my kids teacher.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Highlands is a great elementary school in a great neighborhood. Staff are caring and focus on education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
As I have come over your school, I have seen different programs which very helpful for students such as after school program especially for the kids whose parents have work. the kids can stay in school and finish part of their homework at the after school program or they can join with some entertainment which helps kid be more active. :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
great teachers and devoted principal. PTA activities are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Great School! Great Staff! Great kids! Great Parents! :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Great School, Great Location, Great teachers, Great kids, Great parents. It's a school I couldn't ask for more.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
My child is currently a 6th grade student and I am a graduate of this great school. I know of several parents who also attended this school and now their children are coming here. I believe this says a great deal about our school, our teachers and administrators. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to to our kids and their future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
My daugter has been attending Monterey Highlands for the past 2 years. All of the school administrators and teachers have been excellent. This is a result of having an amazing Principal. They set high expectations for the students and help them achieve their goals by providing them with the resources needed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Monterey Highlands is an excellent school. I feel privileged that my children have been educated there. The teachers are amazing, and caring individuals. They also collaborate as a team to provide each other with support to provide our students with the best learning opportunities. Most of all, the school forms a part of our community family. It provides opportunities to promote diversity, and equal educational opportunities for the students, parents, and staff. I'm thankful for the exceptional learning experience my children have been privy to.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
I have see the improvement of my grand daughter as she start in this school program, keep the good work

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2010
Monterey Highlands is a great school because of all of the talented children and dedicated teachers, staff, parents, and community supporters.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Teacher help very hard to help student. I like there have a lot homework.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
I really like Monterey Highlands because they have a great group of teachers and a wonderful teaching program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Monterey Highlands deserves to win $20,000 because of their dedicated teachers, staff, and parents both of my grand-daughters have excelled academically!

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 04, 2010
the school has a great educational plan the kids learn so much and have no problems keeping up when it comes to going into high school

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
Highlands is a great school. The school staffs and teachers are always there whenever students need help!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
This is a great school. I love the teachers they all put their heart to all the kids and the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
Because the teachers help the children to blossom.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 04, 2010
My niece loves her school. She has made tremendous progress and is so happy. The teachers are caring and highly qualified, the principal is amazing, and the staff is caring. Walking on campus you feel a warm, positive, and welcoming energy. Monterey Highlands is a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
My daughter is in the fourth grade at this school and you really get a sense that the principal, teachers, etc want to help students to succeed. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
it is a great school with wonderful teachers

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Supportive staffs and parents. Very clean. Students are wonderful and very helpful. Overall this is the best school anyone can go to in this District.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I like Monterey Highlands School because the teachers are great and there is alot of parent support. You get to build that trust with you kids teacher. Parent involvement is important and you see that with parent volunteers and parent helping in the student class room. Making Monterey Highlands a great learning environment for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Monterey Highlands is an amazing school with dedicated teachers and staff and an excellent volunteer group that help tutor children. It is like a giant family where we all look out for each others kids as if they were our own.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I love our school because our students, parents, and teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
We got a great school and a great principle.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
The Teachers, the schood spirit, the Principal, and the students. They are all great and all works together making up the greatest school anyone can ask for.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
I love the teachers, the campus and how my kids look forward everyday to go to school and lear.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Staff, location and the variety of contest in school to encourage student not only in subject but with mock trial, speechmeet and read our loud poem - - etc.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
I am so pround of my son being a part of this school. The teachers, principal and staff are all great! My son is in a Special Day class and I couldn't ask for a better teacher. Since he's been here he has tremendously improved. I love Monterey Highlands!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Nice small school with trees all around and kids get to read out in the open! Love the staff! Great teachers!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Highlands is a great school. The teachers really care about the students. The school has a large parent involvement and a true community feel. Mr Cash encourages parents to work with the children and the children love him. I believe that Highlands is truly special because the school has a very personal relationship with the parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
180 days of great fun in learning and playing. 800+ hard working and respectful students. 1600+ generous and supportive parents. 30+ wonderful and caring teachers. 30+ fantastic support staff. 2 awesome administrators. 1 incredible school to be a part of.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
The kids are fun and really want to learn. The teachers really care about the kids. There is a sense of community. We all want to make this a great school, a safe environment for everyone. The parent support is incredible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Monterey Highland is an amazing school. All the teachers are very dedicate to their work and care so much for their students. Not only the teacher but the parents are also invole in many events and activities. Mr. Cash, the Principal of Highland ( He Rock !! ) Every school need a good principal and Mr. Cash, he really works hard for the school. The staff are fantastic and the parents are very supportive. Most important the students respect each other. I want to thank Mr. Joe Cash and all the wonderful teachers puts in so much times and effort to help the students to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
Excellent faculty, staff and administration. High degree of parent involvement makes this school one of the best in the District.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
Dedicated teachers, principal, administrators, staff, and a solid core of hardworking parents. A wonderful group of students. Great campus with a balanced curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
The students are challenged everyday. The students work hard and help our school score high in our district.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
It is a wonderful site set in a park, and has the best staff, students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2008
The parent participation is incredible. I believe that is the most important factor. When parents demand results, that is the only way the teacher and administrators become effective. The teachers are good, especially the younger ones with tons of energy. The principal is very hands on and supportive. It's a great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 03, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 17, 2007
This school is high on academics and parent involvement. Mr. Cash, the principal, gets things done right, from disciplining a student to making a safe environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
April 08, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 11, 2006
I've had my three sons attend and graduate from Monterey Highlands. I appreciated the personal attention given to my children by the teachers, staff, and administration. Teachers were willing to listen, to respond to special needs or concerns, and to give of themselves and their time outside of the regular school hours. Highlands teachers don't just focus on the academics. They inspire community service and remind students about what it takes to work and live in a community. The staff cares about each child as an individual. I also appreciated the wide ranging music program that was available both during and after school. One other item that made Highlands a wonderful place for my kids was the participation and support the school received from the PTA. The PTA sponsored field trips, book fairs, and were always looking for ways to support the teachers. Highlands provided an excellent well-rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2006
Great teachers willing to work outside of class to help students achieve their goals.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
As a former teacher at this school, I found it to have an excellent qualified staff with creative teaching strategies. The student body is quite diverse and there were many involved parents who gave their heart to helping their students and the school. Of course, there are also students who have parents that cannot support them at home and definitely were a challenge in the classroom - but they were definitely the minority. The staff has works cooperatively and genuinely care about the students.

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Monterey Highlands Elementary School
400 Casuda Canyon Drive, Monterey Park, CA  91754
(626) 308-2427
Last modified Monterey Highlands Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Monterey Highlands Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 102 reviews. Top