"Our school is best known for our Core Values and building Community."
Students enrolled 518
Hours 8:35 AM - 3:10 PM
School leader Cathy Baur
Transportation options Yes
District Mountain View Whisman
After school Yes

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460 Thompson Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043

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4 stars
Based on 30 ratings

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November 14, 2014
I have 2 kids attending Monta Loma (K and 2) and we have had all great teachers since starting 2 years ago. If you are reading this site for reviews you likely have dug into test scores for other MV schools. Hopefully you will have noticed that a school's API is really determined by school demographics and not teacher quality. Monta Loma has an excellent teaching staff and a great principal in Angela Lyon, they just have a higher proportion of kids who fall into the category of historically under-performing than the higher API schools in MV. That being said, the kids of college-educated parents will still find Monta Loma an excellent place to send their kids where they will be challenged and their API's will be the same as there counterparts at other schools. The teachers group and teach students based on ability for specific subjects to challenge those at the higher-end and also to serve those who need more help. Monta Loma also does a great job teaching community and emotional intelligence to the kids. There is a plan underway to increase project-based learning so Monta Loma is well-positioned to become an even stronger school.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
I have been a teacher at Monta Loma for 8 years now and I consider myself very lucky. In the past 20 years I have taught at 3 other schools. This staff is by far the most collaborative, compassionate and hard working that I have ever worked with. The school has a caring and compassionate vibe, not just from the staff but also from the students and families. Our school community is very diverse and we have students from all walks of life. I am so fortunate to work at Monta Loma.

- submitted by a teacher
January 22, 2014
I came to Monta Loma 4 years ago but have known about it and its programs for more than 10 years. It has improved tremendously in that time. The teachers and staff are welcoming and friendly. The principal has a balanced approach to academics and school climate. She works to make sure everyone is welcome. She recently came to Moffet Field and spent two hours with the military families. We have special concerns and she gave her time and energy to make our experience positive. I saw some of the previous posts and I have to disagree with the one about the special ed staff. I have found them very knowledgeable and caring.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2013
My daughter is a 1st grader at this school and we have been thrilled with the teaching staff and administration as well as the sense of community fostered. While it is true, there is a supremely diverse demographic, it's wonderful and my daughter has thrived learning about all the various ethnicities represented and has become friends with so many children from all different backgrounds (something my husband and I think is actually quite important). The teachers do a marvelous job. I've become active in the PTA and I've learned so much about how these teachers and administration go above and beyond for our kids every single day. I am proud to call Monta Loma our school and look forward to sending my youngest daughter (who has special needs) to school here next year. I believe Angela Lyon is a fantastic principal - very communicative and involved. The parent involvement isn't as good as it could be and I know language is a barrier (though the PTA makes every effort to provide translators), but all in all, I feel very satisfied with the environment of the school. I know my daughter is safe and in capable hands every weekday and look forward to many more years to come at Monta Loma!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
My son started going to Kindergarten at Monta Loma from this year. It's been one month and so far I liked it. There are several ways parents can contribute in Kid's classes and learning. The Kindergarten teachers are very involved with kids and work hard (I was in a couple of classes to experience this). We get weekly progress report from the teacher. We get all the work that our kid did for the whole week, regularly. It looks like teacher checks them thoroughly and comments where needed. PTA is very involved and they do a lot of activities year around. Overall, I am impressed and got better than what I was expecting.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
I've been very unhappy with this principal. She doesn't bother to learn kids' names and isn't personable or friendly. Mostly gives the impression she's just clocking it in. This is a school with some serious challenges in terms of its population of English learners and I just don't think the leadership is up to the task.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
The teachers are okay. The principal leadership could be improved. She is not involved enough and does not know the students as well as she should. I feel a lot of the the kids that attend Monta Loma are not taught morals and what is right and wrong in regards to behavior. The kids seem to be 'fast' when it comes to behaviors that you would normally see teenagers. There have been a lot issues with a lot of different kids, especially when they are playing outside at the school, with inappropriate behavior. I don't think there is enough supervision for the kids. The classrooms size is large and a lot of the kids do not speak english which seems to take away the level of education for those who do speak english.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
We love Monta Loma and all the teachers! My daughter had Mrs. Higgins in first, Mrs. Shah in second, and Mrs. Fetroe in third-all AMAZING teachers! We hope our son and daughters have the same teachers in the years to come! Great new principal-very friendly and attentive! You are the biggest advocate for your child and if you ask, these teachers will go out of their way to deliver.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2013
I have a child in kinder at Monta Loma and I have to say that I'm not very impressed. My child's teacher is a disorganized mess and it doesn't help that she's overwhelmed by the 27 students in her class. She keeps asking for assistance in the class but a majority of the parents don't speak english so they are unable to help out in the class room. The campus is also difficult for pick up and drop off.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
I am the parent of a special needs child. I came here from Sunnyvale two years ago and have been so impressed by the staff. The special ed teachers know me and my child by name and are always going out of their way to let me know about my child's successes. The teachers here are top rate. I am so lucky to have my son attend Monta Loma. He loves going to school every day which is so much more than I can say for our old school.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2012
The quality of education offered at this school is below standard. Special education dept. is of very poor standard and needs improvement

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
I really, honestly have never enjoyed having one of my children go to a better school than this one. In fact, I wish this school would continue on to the middle school for my child, because this is her last year. From kindergarden thru fifth grade, all the years were great. I love the teachers. I love every bit of the way this school is run. I will miss it very much.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2012
Monta Loma is a wonderful neighborhood school with a diverse community and dedicated teachers. We found the Principal - Cathy Baur - approachable, committed, and supportive of differentiated learning. Both of our kids are students at Monta Loma since kindergarten and are now 5th & 3rd graders. The Gifted and Talented (GATE) program continues to be strongly backed up by the Principal. It's true there is a wide gap in the students' academic performance (it's a public school issue, depending on where you live), but you can have some influence in this matter . We found most teachers were open to discussing parental concerns, and were willing to work with parents to provide additional challenge for your child. Overall the school has a positive culture and caring staff.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2011
We love Monta Loma! We love the diverse community, dedicated teachers, and strong principal leadership. Mrs. Schroder gave my child the perfect balance of structure and fun in learning and I loved being welcomed into my child's classroom to help.My child can't wait to get back to school and find out who she has next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2011
I like this school! My daughter is entering 2nd grade next year and she was reading at a kindergarten level in Dec. and is now reading at a first grade level (she is on grade level). Her teacher, Mrs. Shah has worked hard with her. All the teachers are very caring and hard working. My daughter had a wonderful first grade experience due to her teacher and I'm sure she will in 2nd grade!. Yes there are a lot of English Language Learners but they regroup for things so none of the students are held back.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2011
I really do like the school and the teachers, but I feel my child is being passed by and put on the back burner a lot. Also, I was kinda bummed that because of one child's food restriction, the entire class has to suffer. The outcome was a HUGE budget setback for us and an additional unwanted responsibility. I agree with the previous post, too many accommodations to the lowest common demoninator rather than compromising a solution to make it work for everyone. Isn't there a way to make it fair for everyone?

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2010
I am very happy with Monta Loma. I have two children there. The reason it's so great is definitely because of the teachers. There is no way to express the dedication Mrs. Fetroe and Mrs. Del Conte give to their students. They are doing this for much more than a paycheck! Cathy Bauer is also open-minded and very approachable in her role as a principal. We are fortunate with so much diversity that they do very well meeting individual student's needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Iam so glad to my kida attenden this school because the teacher work hard for them

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2010
My kids look forward to going every morning. They can't say enough about their teachers.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 11, 2009
We love the school and direction it is going.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Great neighborhood school, new program requiring parent participation!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Teachers and staff understand that each child has different needs, and actively work to be sure that they are met!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
This is a wonderful school that has great community support.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
Monta Loma School is the heart of our community! We care about each child and his/her educational journey! We love our Principal and the vision she has for our school! We are all in this together!!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 04, 2009
It's a great neighborhood school

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
Monta Loma is a very warm and caring school, and we have a terrific new prinicpal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
wonderful neighborhood, great neighbors and a great principle

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
We have dedicated teachers, a great principal and an involved community at Monta Loma.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Great leadership and a character focus! Monta Loma Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Its the best school and we have a great parents support

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
We have a fantastic principal that sees every challenge as an opportunity and who cares about all of our kids. Monta Loma has an incredible community where the parents commit to being an active part of their children's education.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2009
I have a child in the special needs program at this school, and I feel that the teachers and staff are exceptional, in their attitude towards the education of the children and the care and respect they show all children

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2008
We have 2 children, one of which still attends Monta Loma. We chose not to participate in the CEL program with of our children, as diversity is important to my husband and I, and the CEL program, in my opinion, segregates largely white, middle class kids from the rest of population. Our kids have had mostly great teachers who truly engage them and challenge them. I would only say that my son did not seem well-prepared for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2008
At last, the principal is resigning at the end of the 2008 school year. This is good news. Parents participate iincluding in CEL, but this has not achieved its purpose due to the weak administration. As a parent associated with the school for the past 6 years, I have observed the school going down in its academic areas. The school needs male teachers to balance the equation. While the chidren love to go to school, the school administration should know that they are not babysitters, but are teachers for tomorrow's future. Of course, a few dedicated teachers' efforts are spoiled by the less experienced teachers weho may be qualified but do not know how to deliver.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
Great kids. Some teachers are passionate about their work, but all-round better teaching methods needed. A reasonable number of male teachers needed. Parents do volunteer. Expect student-teacher ratio of -30 to 1 for for few classes-- some classes in the 20s-so don't expect focused teaching methods. Curriculum not great.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2007
At the Principal's coffetalk this morning. Parents said that the new stategies being implemented for math is showing a huge progress. Looking at Monta loma's overall test scores are way above average (even with a 50% second learning students). The diversity at this school is fabulous and if you look at the growth score, you will see that the quality of the teachers are awesome. I would recommend this school to anyone who want true diversity and qualified teachers. If you are afraid of diversity you may need to look at a different school. I am excited of what will happen with Monta Loma the next couple of years. It has a lot of potential and are definitely an exciting learning environment for our children. Some of the extra curricular activities are art club, chorus, running club... Make sure to research Monta Loma - you will like what you see!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2007
The school has gone down hill in the past 3 years, I think due to the principal. Not consistent. Teachers are nice, but not a lot of learning. I've been there for 8 years and am very disappointed on how poor the school is doing - even the CEL program. It is not what it was intended to be. The parents seem to just help the teacher out insteat of teaching actual cirriculum, which is what the CEL program was meant to do - a waste of money and time.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2006
The teachers are excellent and work hard to meet the needs of all students.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating June 05, 2006
Great supportive administration staff- outstanding principle! Friendly and outgoing parents and children. Check out the CEL program!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2005
Lots of parent participation available in the CEL program. Mostly a good school, although I have some issues with the principal and teachers. There is room for growth, and encouragement.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Monta Loma has the potential to be a great school - strong community involvement, diverse student population, caring and dedicated teachers. However it falls short due to weak administration leadership and inconsistent safety and discipline.

- submitted by a parent
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Monta Loma Elementary School
460 Thompson Avenue, Mountain View, CA  94043
(650) 903-6915
Last modified Monta Loma Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Monta Loma Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top