Yes, hard work is a core value at Monta Loma. Nobody is let off the hook. Even kids who are naturally gifted are pushed to try harder. Likewise, kids with learning differences are still expected to challenge themselves with some scaffolding.
Yes, Respect is a core value at Monta Loma. It goes both ways. Monta Loma uses responsive classroom, a classroom management system which prioritizes preserving a students sense of dignity, even when they are being disciplined.
COmpassion is a core value at Monta Loma. I am very impressed with the way students empathize with one another. I am especially impressed by the way students with physical disabilities are treated by their peers, with love and support and generally counted as one of the group.
My child has blossomed at Monta Loma both academically and socially and we couldn't be happier with the education she is getting. This is a school with a strong sense of values and identity. They begin each Monday morning with Leopard Launch, a short school rally that fills the kids with a sense of inclusion and enthusiasm for the work they're going to do that week. The classroom instruction is differentiated, so advanced readers or those who are above-grade in math can get challenging material. Principal Lyon is an experienced educator with deep roots in the district. She knows the system well and is open to whatever contributions of time and expertise that parents can give. What I love most of all is the nurturing and harmonious school community. It's a diverse group of families, including many in the armed services. The school is respectful and welcoming to all families. The diverse school population is helping my child to grow in many ways, especially in terms of independence, grit and self-assurance.
Award-winning school! We have two kids at Monta Loma, in 3rd grade and Kindergarten, and have been very happy there. The staff does a great job teaching to a very diverse group of kids from different socio-economic backgrounds, as well as the military families stationed at Moffett Field... our kids are reading and doing math above grade level, and their teachers have been able to keep them challenged, while still helping close the achievement gap for English language learners in the classes. When we needed extra help from the staff to handle behavior issues, we got it, and the principal was very approachable and positive about it. The PTA keeps raising the bar every year in terms of fundraising and programs it supports. Very glad to have my kids getting a great education, and experiencing the diversity that makes Mountain View unique.
My daughter is a first grader at Monta Loma and performing beyond her grade level. We are very happy there. It is a wonderful neighborhood school that truly represents the diversity of Mountain View. The teachers are so dedicated and really give more than 110% to the kids and the community. Through the tiered learning approach, they are able to give appropriate instruction to every child and are improving scores across all demographics. This approach as well as the commitment to teaching social and emotional skills, has earned Monta Loma a California Distinguished School Award. Don't judge a school by its API score, there is so much more to Monta Loma!
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.
Both my twins are in second grade this year and had excellent teachers until one of my twin's teachers had to go on early maternity leave for medical reasons. The school has done a horrible job finding a replacement for her. She was out in Dec.-Jan. and the teacher they got just did art projects all day and the one they have now filling in for the remainder of the year is all talk and doesn't teach well or differentiate as the original teacher did. The school should do a better job at finding replacements. We miss the original classroom teacher.
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.