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