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Monterey, CA

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251 Soledad Drive
Monterey, CA 93940

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(831) 392-3890
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October 01, 2015
We are new to this school and area and I couldn't be more pleased with Monte Vista Elementary School. I was so worried after I read all the mediocre reviews, but the school really has made significant changes, from what I can see. The principal, Dr. Ashby, is probably the most genuine, caring, absolutely wonderful educator I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Perhaps there were problems with teachers in the past, but from my experience, the teachers are dedicated and focused on providing a well-rounded education for their students. I think the least experienced teacher there has over 13 years of experience. Yeah, the library isn't state of the art, and there aren't iPads in all the classrooms, but the sense of community and school spirit and pride is strong. My kids are excited to go to school every single day. They are happy when I pick them up from school and they love to stay and play with their friends after school (pick-up soccer games almost daily). The parents are wonderful, the PTA has worked tirelessly to provide fun events for the students and families. There are many, many PTA-sponsored events on the calendar. There are lots of clubs for all grade levels. They are getting a new playground, in addition to three that are already there. And you cannot beat the location - ocean views from almost every classroom! If you are moving to the area, don't be discouraged by the less than stellar reviews on this website - go there, see for yourself, sit in a classroom, meet the teachers and staff, meet Dr. Ashby - you will be quite pleased!

- submitted by a parent
Grateful to: School leader
October 01, 2015
Dr. Ashby is a gift to this school. If the school has had its ups and downs in the past, then it can look forward to much more ups in the future. Dr. Ashby genuinely cares for the students, teachers, and parents. Often when he addresses the student body, he breaks out in song (seriously!!! it's amazing!!!) and usually brings tears to my eyes. He's so positive and uplifting and true. He is indeed a wonderful educator.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Effective
October 01, 2015
I see dedicated teachers and students that truly love and admire their teachers - to me, that says a lot. The teachers collaborate and are helpful to parents.

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Amount of homework: Just right
October 01, 2015
At our previous school, my children would be hours doing homework worksheets. Here, it's about one or two worksheets a night, less than 30 minutes an evening.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
October 01, 2015
They reward positive behavior with "Blue Bucks" which a child can earn for going above and beyond what is expected of them socially (helping a friend, picking up trash that isn't theirs, etc). At the end of the week, all the Blue Bucks are put together and winners from each grade are selected (randomly) and the child gets a small prize. They also do Positive Office Referrals where students that are doing really well and setting a good example for others are honored at a weekly school assembly and they get to have a special breakfast with Dr. Ashby. Really nice to see positive behavior rewarded so consistently!

- submitted by a parent

August 31, 2015
Monte Vista fails to meet its potential. They are trying to bring back music and arts but the teachers are stressed and focused on workbooks and testing. It is so sad as we live in a beautiful area with so many resources. It would be nice to have a wonderful neighborhood school. Most educated or involved parents have tried Monte Vista and been disappointed, this is what we have found and it has been very hard on our son and daughter. Both of our children attended since kindergarten, one in fourth grade and one in third. This year we are applying to charter and private schools. This is due to the fact of so much turnover with classmates, it is sad that the kids make friends then parents become fed up with the poor quality of the school and move. The teachers are stressed and try to cover it well. They are under pressure to implement certain curricula,. There is hours of homework each night for kindergarten through fifth grades, all students kept busy with "busy" worksheets each night. There are no iPad labs, the teacher projectors are old and students can not see the image. There is lack of yard duty and supervision. PE is not learning skills or games but tired teachers sharing "yard duty" at the last half hour of the day to give kids "recess". Many problem kids with behavior problems challenge the teachers and scare other kids as most other families are at the charters or private schools in our area. There is a real fear of having your child move into Colton. Since the school opened five years ago there have been four principals. It even affects property values as houses down my street but not in the MPUSD area are valued much higher then my house. Real estate agents have a tough time selling to young families due to the reputation of MPUSD. If you are a parent be involved, volunteer in class several times a week and please provide independent enrichment for your child. We are sad to say, after five years at Monte Vista we are leaving for a charter school and so happy to make the move yet heartbroken that our neighborhood school is so underperforming. Good luck to parents, it is such a stressful situation to find the best school for your child but continue with the efforts, you have choices including public charters that do not have tuition.

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March 19, 2015
Well I posting this because honestly whoever wrote on the 26th isn't a parent. The school library sucks, I've seen 100% better library's for elementary schools, as for the bullying as another parent posted about I haven't heard much about, but I keep my distant from the school besides to pick up my child and drop off due to the flirtly principle and rude staff. Yes the kids do get yelled at and I understand at times the kids aren't always going to listen, but when its everyday my child is informing me that the teacher yelled at them just because they didn't understand the Math that was just taught, or anything and everything and it's everyday it tends to upset me. They are just kids with open minds to learn! I honestly think the staff all needs to be revamped and evaluated and changed to have teachers who want to teach these kids and be there for all of the kids! I honestly could go on and on about all the things that are big disappointment in the school through my eyes.

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February 26, 2015
This school has great bones, with excellent teachers (many have specializations and masters degrees) and a beautiful campus, with bay views a great library, and a computer lab where kids learn to type, do research and even code. Some classrooms are even better than in the most expensive private schools in the area. My kids have had pretty good experiences. The lack of a GATE program throughout the district has put the pressure on the teachers to differentiate instruction and I'd say it gets better above the 2nd grade level -- the schools has very good intervention though. PTA funds several field trips a year and has introduced interesting Lego and science classes within the school day. Like all schools in California, it needs support, since the state has left ALL "enrichment" like art, drama, music, etc. to the community... It is definitely an adjustment coming from out of state, but then again you get to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and that is also a great educational experience for the children.

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October 30, 2014
If you are looking for a place that can baby sitter your child while you're working well Monte Vista Elementary School it's the great place! Teachers with no patience at all! Teachers yell at students! Teachers texting or using Face book while they're teaching! Teachers bullying students and teaching the kids bullying! The principal is just flirting with girls PTA is Horrible!

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September 17, 2013
I have not had good experiences with teachers. My son's kindergarten teacher was short tempered and irritable all the time, not to mention late almost every day. His first grade teacher is better but still has very little time to communicate with me or deal with issues. I look forward to finding a better school with teachers that are more creative, communicative and caring.

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2013
My child has attended this school since it opened a couple of years ago. The teachers at every grade level are truly competent, experienced and caring. Monte Vista Elementary has quickly become a top choice for elementary education on the Monterey Peninsula. A revamped, nutritious lunch program was recently implemented that offers healthy lunch options and has been well received. One unfortunate concern was the elimination of the 5th grade science camp due to a claim of decreased funding which resulted in a couple of mediocre "science" field trips. Too bad as our nation has fallen far behind globally. It would also be nice if the lower playground could get the right lines painted on the basketball court which would seem to be an easy fix but has yet to be done. Ultimately I am very confident that my child is receiving a quality education. Go Blue Jays!

- submitted by a parent
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Monte Vista
251 Soledad Drive, Monterey, CA  93940
(831) 392-3890
Last modified Monte Vista is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Monte Vista Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top