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.
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!
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.
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.
Not good at all. My sisters go there. One of them (just ended 4th grade) ws bullied by some peers-the principal di nothing about it! Also, some of the kids are spanish and not even learning ANY english! Same for the parents. Plus my sister once told a story of a rat running around the cafeteria-nothing done about it. VERY VERY bad school, don't send your child here!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The quality of education offered at this school is below standard. Special education dept. is of very poor standard and needs improvement
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Iam so glad to my kida attenden this school because the teacher work hard for them
My kids look forward to going every morning. They can't say enough about their teachers.
Great neighborhood school, new program requiring parent participation!
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