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5555 Ascot Drive
Oakland, CA 94611

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3 stars
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March 06, 2014
My perspective on Montera is that overall it is a well run school and the teachers and admin staff are working to make it better all the time. I see a group of teachers and staff that have a true concern about their students and want to give them the best school experience possible. Not all the teachers are stars but the majority are good teachers. I have had two kids go through the school and the school continues to get better. The vast majority of parents have little involvement in the school and that is an area where the school could improve. If you are a prospective parent think in advance of helping out with the school when you can. It does make a difference.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
I've put two kids through Montera over the last six years and it has changed greatly in that time, but specifically since Dr. Tranzor has taken leadership. We are delighted with the cleanliness, teacher "re"-engagement, lack of violence and drug use(which is common at an inner-city school) and innovative programs at the school (Man-Up, Challenge Days, the Arts, Music, etc.). Montera is a miniature Oakland, mixed racially, socio-economically, and academically it's not perfect, but they are ironing out the "crinks" there and I highly recommend them to any incoming family. Montera has going for it a beautiful campus, innovation with technology and science, great after school sports, clubs and other programs and a great safety record-it's a gem in OUSD.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2014
I have found Montera to be a delightful gem in the hills of Oakland. This school is doing a lot of great things inspire of the budget cuts. Montera has a Restorative Justice program that is really great for the students and school. There are many electives offered for the students. The Leadership class hand wrote a personal note to all 900+ students. The teachers really take the time to listen to the students and work with the parents. Montera is a big school but the Admin and teachers work hard to make sure it doesn't feel too big. I am very happy and pleased with Montera it has been a great experience for both of my kids! Great school...Great people

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2013
My daughter is a current 7th grader at Montera. She spent 4 years at a private school (Head Royce). We currently have both of our kids at public schools (one at Montera and one at Montclair). The private school experience has given us some good perspective--there is no perfect school, but there are things that we know are important for us: a great education (my daughter is getting this in spades at Montera--excellent new teachers who are so fired up and amazing master teachers--a great combo); an involved, down to earth, "we're all working hard together for our kids" parent community (check Montera again), not being enclosed in a "bubble" at a school (my daughter is seeing a picture of the real world and is learning how to get a along and respect all types of people--not just people who look like her or who are from the same socio economic background; Montera is truly a diverse school in every regard). Is Montera perfect? No it's not, but I want my kids to know that there is no "perfect." You may have one teacher you don't like; you may have some students who are distracting (wow...figure out how to deal with these because your life will be full of them).

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2013
My daughter is a 7th grader at Montera; our older child went to a private school that was a great fit for her, but after looking at our options we decided as a family that Montera would serve the younger child better, and we have seen that be the case. Yes, it's a large public school. Yes, there's a high degree of socioeconomic and racial diversity (isn't that one of the things we like about living in Oakland?) And yes, thanks to Cali/OUSD school budgets limitations, the depth of instruction on things like art and music and language leave a bit to be desired - with only one elective per year, kids have to make hard choices (hence four stars, not five). Still: our daughter has been challenged, her teachers are enthusiastic, she's made a ton of new friends, and she's thriving. I'd make the same choice again in a heartbeat. (As for parent involvement, sure, it could be higher. But that's challenging for some families with two working parents. And as long as the 20% does 80% of the work, it all gets done somehow.)

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2013
After being at private school for elementary school, my child moved to Montera for middle school. We have been very pleased with the school all around. My child is a strong student academically, and pointed out this year that while there are no bells and whistles like in private school (as there should be for the $25K tuition!), he has found the instruction and education no different than the former school. As we have made a decision to raise our children in Oakland, we are happy that they are in a school reflective of our community rather than behind the closed and insular private school world. OUSD is not perfect and has its challenges, but in my opinion, it takes committed parents to work hard to change what isn't working (as is the case at Montera) rather than trash the school and District after they have left. I would recommend Montera without hesitation.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2013
My son is currently in the 8th grade at Montera. We have certainly had a few ups and downs over the past two years, but we had those in elementary school as well. No school is perfect. In general he has been challenged and engaged all three years. He has had mostly excellent teachers. Behavior problems in and outside of the classroom have been dealt with quickly and efficiently. If administration knows there is a problem, they address it. Being at Montera has taught my son how to learn and interact with kids from all over our city, from many different backgrounds, cultures and all walks of life. Those experiences will follow him and help him all through his life. I believe that Montera is being unfairly reviewed due to misunderstandings about common core and the impact that it's implementation is having on advanced classes at all levels of 6-12 education. My son is happy, he is learning, he feels safe and he enjoys school. What more could I ask for? Take the time to come and look at Montera for yourself and don't base your opinions on what others are saying. It's a good school doing good work for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2013
My daughter attended Montera and was well prepared for Oakland Tech. I have children at Montera now who I believe are being prepared equally as well. There is concern over common core (as well as nationally - it even hit the Colbert Report), but the teachers, admin and OUSD reps had a presentation at Montera to address the curriculum and answer questions last week. I think at the end of the day the enthousiatic and dedicated teachers will continue to provide great learning opportunities. Unprompted, my son said, "Mom, I've learned more here than in all of elementary school". Just one example, the 7th grade life science teachers just recieved a mini grant from the PTO to pay for dissection specimens and tools. Also, my kids have all enjoyed sports at Montera. There are trypouts and its competetive, but at least in basketball and soccer there are multiple teams for boys and girls (i.e., A and B teams or separate 6th, 7th and 8th grade teams). The sports teams are parent or staff coached on a volunteer basis. It couldn't happen without the parent and staff volunteers. Is it perfect? No. Its big, its underfunded, there are some unruly kids, but its pretty darn good.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2013
Warning! This school is not what it is perceived to be. On the surface one would think that this is one of OUSD premier middle schools, due to its location in the Oakland Hills however, my child's experience at Montera was a big disappointment. Over 35 plus kids on average per class with many foul-mouth disrespectful, unruly & disruptive kids hampering the learning process. Most of the after school programs seam to lack depth and substance. My child endured constant harassment from other kids, it even continued after our child and we brought this to the attention of teachers & school administration. We have found the OUSD as a whole to be lacked when it comes to discipline of bad kids. My wife & I sent our six grader to Montera despite less than favorable reviews in the hope that it might be a good school after all. We have since taken our child out of Montera. Our child now attends a private school. OUSD, been there, done that, time to move on.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
I wish this school had more to offer the kids especially all of the GATE kids it claims to serve. There was limited space in the 7th grade algebra class and a lot of very capable kids were not able to enroll which is a shame. More differentiated instruction would help keep some of the higher achieving kids at the school. The bar seems so low. I do have to say that the kids are having fun. There is a big emphasis on safety but for the most part I don't see that as an issue. For me it's really about lackluster academic opportunities which I believe puts our kids at a disadvantage later in their academic careers.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2013
Parent involvement is not that great at this school. With over 900 students, it is the same 50 parents who show up for everything, voted for this principal to stay, and probably posted the last 5 review. We were very disappointed with the school over the past year. My son has had some serious problems with bullying we were not listed to about it, and it was a tough year for him. Regarding lunches, my son had lunch at 10:50 (or 10:15 on Wednesdays), then went directly to PE so he didn t want to each too much and get sick, and then we pick him up at 5:30-6:00 pm, like other working families. It is crazy to have the kids eat so early, but like other things parents might express opinions on, the principal really does not entertain opinions different from her own (6th grade sex ed that isn't age appropriate). There are NOT the same sports or academic opportunities at this school as other schools in the area, and the size of the school really plays a role in limiting the number kids who can actually take advantage of the few opportunities that there are. The thing that really got my son through this year were his wonderful math and history teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
I'm the parent of a Montera 6th grader and am excited about the huge after school program grant award that Montera just received! I think its a five year grant beginning next year. And there was a great article on Montera's Restorative Justice Program in the May 29, 2013 East Bay Express. This school is great but not without challenges. Its' in all our best interest, as parents and community members, to support our Oakland public schools and make them excellent.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2013
Nice PR blast by the Montera PTO. While I agree with much of what these posters say: great teachers, active parent community and a real effort to provide a positive learning environment for Montera kids; I am bothered by the dismissive tone about bullying. It's easy to say that it's exaggerated when it isn't happening to your kid, or your child's small circle of friends. Stealing and harassment have been constant for many kids at Montera and while the administration does try to address the problem, the lack of resources that have impacted all OUSD schools, not just Montera, makes it a challenge to get on top of it. It's often the PTO parents who don't want to hear about the bullying because they don't want the negative label on the school. There are a lot of great things about Montera, but it's not for everyone. Those kids who are harassed and bullied should feel supported by the community not brushed under the carpet for the sake of school's reputation.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
I have a son in 6th grade at Montera and I been very happy with the teachers, administration & the parents. Montera does an excellent job of communicating school news & initiatives to keep us all on the same page. This is OUSD so not without its challenges and issues -but welcome to the real world! This is a worthwhile place to put our best efforts & it will only improve further. My son has not experienced any negativity at Montera. Parents I've polled here & at other middle schools, the bullying, theft and issues of that nature are the same here as anywhere -they are not gross and frequent, but of course you need to be mindful of your belongings just as you would anywhere. The teachers do a great job of providing a safe space in their classrooms and creating community. The PTO is an amazing group of dedicated and hardworking (smart!) parents that are making great things happen. The diverse body of students working & learning together is a wonderful gift to our community & a positive real world experience for our children. The extra-curricular offerings at Montera are wonderful and well-run. I look forward to seeing what more they bring with the newly awarded after-school grant!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
I have two children at Montera, one about to graduate, and we have been very happy with the school. There are many great teachers who are working incredibly hard to provide an excellent education. A new leadership team was put in place this year, new principal and assistant principals, and they seem to have a great vision for the school. The principal has already started some important work on closing the achievement gap and focusing on our African-American young men. Talk about violence, theft, and bad behavior are very exaggerated in my experience. There are certainly some kids with behavior issues but the administration does a great job of dealing with it and they are adding new programs every year (including a great restorative justice program this year.) We also just got the news that Montera has received a large grant to expand after-school programs. There is also a great parent community that works hard to support the school. For my kids experiencing the diversity that Montera offers has been a great bonus and one that I think will really benefit them as they go forward. I am very happy to have my children there.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
Three of my children have either gone through or are still at Montera so I definitely speak from experience. I can honestly say that despite a few bumps along the way (it is a big public school after all), they have had really positive times there, both educationally and socially. Thanks to some inspired teachers, my older son went from someone who liked math to someone who loves it. My younger kids have been turned onto science and history (they even had a discussion last weekend about Pericles I kid you not), have made new friends, and are leaning about how to live and thrive in a diverse community. Another reviewer mentioned the early lunch time. Yep, 6th graders eat at 10:50, which took getting used to, for sure. They eat early so that each grade can have its own lunch period, which has made lunch time(s) quieter and calmer this year. This was our new principal's brainchild. The administration is also introducing new electives next year like Leadership and Man Up. That said, Montera's not perfect. Some kids can be disruptive and there has been theft. Still and all, my kids are happy here. For me, that's what matters most.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
If you are a parent considering this school for your child I would strongly recommend you find a better school. We are really dissatisfied with the school. As other parents have noted, bullying is a problem and theft of student property is unbelievably high. There is a lack of GATE programing and extracurriculars for all students. Principal leadership is ineffectual. Throughout the year we have increasingly felt that this is not a school we feel safe to send our child. There are good teachers here, but behavior problems with students really distract from learning.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2013
This school has really gone downhill fast in the last few years. I would not recommend anyone send their child here when there are way better middle schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
It's a great feeling to know that you can have confidence in your local, public school these days. In addition to having many excellent teachers, a strong administration and academics, there is also a lot of parent involvement - which is critical to the success of any school. It is also reason #1 why most private schools REQUIRE parent participation. I'm happy to say that none of my children feel unsafe there. They have a large social group that is getting larger. They have definitely witnessed poor behavior on the part of fellow students but we generally discuss it as well as the ramifications of poor choices for those students. We also talk about what they can do to feel empowered when someone is behaving badly. There have been a couple of times in the last few years, when I felt the need to make calls to the school to discuss an issue that one of my children has brought up. The issues were handled professionally and quickly. Lastly, my kids went to an elementary school that was fairly homogeneous so it is a definite plus that Montera seems to represent all of Oakland, both in economic and ethnic diversity. I would definitely recommend this school to other families.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2012
It isn't the worst middle school in Oakland but the budget cuts are so obviously having an effect on this school. This is our child's first year at the school and it has been unorganized and chaotic. Perhaps because there is a new principal? My daughter had to deal with older bullies quite a bit in the first two weeks. Good luck getting into extracurricular like volleyball when 80 some girls go out and 20 are picked. The same goes for techbridge, but worse! I don't understand why there isn't a homeroom so there is one teacher the child can touch base with. The 6th graders eat lunch just after 10 a.m.! On a positive note, so far a few of the teachers have impressed me. Overall I can't wait to find a new school. What a mess.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2012
There are good things about Montera. And as one parent stated the true test of a school is how prepared students are for the next level of education. In classes that are divided by ability (math, English) students in the top classes behave for the most part. However, there are far too many students who use cell phones in class, fight, wear their pants so that you are always looking at their underwear. These are the same students who often do little to no work and complain about the school. I gave the school such a low rating because there is not enough foreign language offered. And if you are in the band or orchestra, you will not get to take a foreign langage at all. Also, there is a lot of theft at the school. Students steal from other students, from the school and from teachers. The thieves brag about what they do but because no one actually saw them take the things they are not caught. Even when we engraved our children's names on their Ipods they were taken. We got our son's iPad back using the locator device and confronted the student and his grandmother directly because the school would not help.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2012
A mostly awesome group of teachers and administrators, but as others have mentioned, the undesirable behavior of too many of the students ruin the experience for those that actually want to be there to learn. It's ashame.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2011
i really wish i went to Montera. Ive always wanted to go there but my MEAN mom put me in Bret Harte(not that it's a bad school).And to this day i still want to go to Montera because it probably beats Bret Harte anyday.

- submitted by a community member
February 02, 2011
alright so i went there for 3 years and it was the worst place i have ever went to school. like people are trying to so that it has academic challenges and honestly that is only if your kid isn't the smartest like to be real i took 2 math classes everyday and i failed and the fights were outrageous and the PE program is like sketchy because like i was this dude break his arm because he fell running on the track which Im the rain is really muddy and uneven. the teachers are really bad although i must say the vice principle is awesome the principle like says these things and they sound promising but he doesn't follow up on his promises

- submitted by a community member
September 08, 2010
My kids enjoyed their years at Montera and they had mostly great teachers. In my opinion, the real test of a school is how well a student is prepared for the next level, in this case high school. Montera kids get into the highly sought after academies at Oakland Tech, and all the kids I know in my daughter's year got into their first choice of private high school. The math dept. is great -- my daughter and her friends were way ahead of their their friends who came from private schools, which gave them a distinct advantage when being placed in high math and science classes. Student behavior on the part of some kids could be improved and the Montera admin. does its very best. The problem here is lazy, uninvolved parents, but I witnessed this in elementary school too. My kids were well prepared socially and academically.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2010
This school is the best place to send your kid if you want them to learn. The school has the best principal and vice principal in Oakland. They have great teachers who are really focused on helping your kid learn. I am a sixth grader and i go to Montera and I love it. They have an amazing security guard who keeps the school in order. The P.E program is amazing and really gets you more interested in sports. But do enroll fast because Montera is one popular school !

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2010
Until Montera decides to not allow horribly behaved children to disrupt the learning of children who want to learn, I can't recommend this school to my friends. They pass the kids to the next grade even if they have an F average so the kids don't feel they need to do any work and can cause trouble. My daughter has seen a lot of fights. There are too many students in most of her classrooms and the work is way too easy. There doesn't seem to be an differentiation for GATE students, although they say there is.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
Great School, good electives. Yes enroll but do it early before spots run out!

- submitted by a student
March 05, 2010
This middle school is part of the problem plagued school district, OUSD. There are many things that could be improved upon. The PE staff needs to deal with the students a lot better and not belittle students for their skill or lack of in PE. I heard about a lot of fights and have witnessed some of the students on public transportation. I wasn't impressed at all. The counselors and some of the administrators won't return a call until you send them many alarming emails!

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
In my 7th year here, I switched schools. I really missed out on spending the rest of middle school at Montera. I loved the P.E program and the teachers are wonderful. They were always ready to help struggling students and encouraged us to ask questions. The students there can be a little rough sometimes but mostly it's full of good kids.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 27, 2009
I think that montera can be just as bad as any other middle school.I dont even want to go there because i think that montera can have as many fights as any other school.And just because they break up fights at that school doesnt mean theres any fights.

- submitted by a student
October 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Montera Middle school is a large diverse school. Montera has strong leadership, teachers, parents and student body, all working to create a stong sense of community and educational excellence.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The students are eager to learn and complete their homweork. The teachers work well together. All people involved want our students to succeed. Montera is cool. We love our school

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
This school is very diverse and has excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
The teachers are dedicated and very supportive to students and parents!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Montera Middle School has a dynamic principal and extremely dedicated teachers. There is also new enthusiasm and expanded membership in the Parent Teacher Organization. The student body is diverse, yet there is a strong sense of community and belonging within the student body. It's still middle school, but the students seem to be enjoying learning.

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August 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 04, 2009
Montera isn't a bad school . I hear parents saying ' oh my child was mortified , there were fights everyday and some of the kids were very rude to her . ' Well you know what ? Montera doesnt have fights everyday ,and They are always broken up . Also , Thats Life , if she thinnks Montera is bad , wait until she gets to high school . The kid needs to be exposed to some things , because if he/she isnt , When they go on to high school , they're gonna be shocked . Monteraa is a good school to me . A 8th grader .

- submitted by a student
no rating July 29, 2009
Montera is the best school ever teachers dont challenge as much as they should but our school dont have fights every day some children can be disruptive but montera is a good school

- submitted by a student
June 11, 2009
My son has been going to Montera for 2 years. Montera has changed a lot in recent years, as it has had a reputation of violence in the past. They are now a very well-adjusted school in that way, and actually separate out the 6th from 8th graders for classes and lunches. My disappointment in Montera is that it is not academically challenging. In grading, there is not one teacher (including English!) who corrects my son's spelling/grammatical errors. He works fairly hard for his A's, yet I believe he could be challenged much more academically. I am not a grade-oriented parent, yet I believe students need to be challenged in order to grow, be proud of themselves, and to stay interested in school.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 04, 2009
I've been going to Montera for a couple of months now and it's great! We have a library now thats you can use almost all the time, plus everyones nice. People who think theres fights every day are wrong. There are barely any fights so stop saying there are. There might be fights at your/your kids school that you don't even know about !

- submitted by a student
March 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2009
i love montera as a student i feel safe, although some kids can be rude and violent i love it at montera because it gives us a sense of the real world and parents who sheild their kids from that when they go to high school its going to shock them. the teachers give you 1 on 1 support when you need it and there is tutoring in most subjects before and after school. this school has been one of the best experiances for me.

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December 19, 2008
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November 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2008
It is a very supportive environment. As a parent, I can talk to the principal and any teacher every day, and I often do. I'm on top of what happens in my child's classroom. It is very easy and fun to get involved in volunteer activities, for the whole family. My daughter's younger sister, who is in elementary school now, already made friends with several teachers and with the principal, and can't wait to go to Montera. Bottom line is - if your child comes here to learn you will be very pleased with the results. It is also a great school for academically-gifted students - it truly puts no limits on what the students can learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2008
The Principal and all the staff deserve a big round of applause. My child is enjoying the school. We need to encourage and support the school to make it even better. It is a very healthy environment for learning in spite of the limited resources and support. It is up to everyone to help to make this school to achieve its full potential. I am 100% behind this school because my child is there. We can make it a model school for Oakland if everyone take responsibility to make it happen.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
Montera Middle School has been the worst experience for our student. While I understand the challenges associated with children in this age group, the behavior of the majority of the student body at this institution is absolutely inappropriate. Worst, the teachers and administrators seem to accept it. After 2+ years of voicing concerns, and getting nowhere with complaints, we've pulled our child out.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 14, 2008
Fabulous inclusive principal, has created a safe and disciplined environment, while maintaining great enthusiasm for the children.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 27, 2008
I was a student here. It was the worst year of my life. There was always violence,making fun of other kids,blowing up stuff, and the police was always there. It is the worst school. I had a rough time there with everything. you will always here about stuff at montera. It is so sad to see a school like this be such a disgrace.

- submitted by a student
June 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2008
As a Montera grad, I was very disappointed to see the decline of the school - academically, campus safety, school spirit, etc. But the new (2007-2008) principal has done an incredible job turning around the school in shrot order. The teachers are now responsive and the students are being held accountable. Great!

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June 05, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
February 29, 2008
I love Montera Middle School, My Child is enjoying it and is learning a lot. The principal is also very good!

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December 26, 2007
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December 26, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 10, 2007
My oldest child went to Montera and is now at Oakland Tech. but I put her younger sister in Bret Harte. I was excited about Bret Harte afterschool programs and clubs that were not at all available at Montera. On the first day of school my 6th grader at Bret Harte seemed alot more engaged with her teachers than my older daughter did at Montera.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
I would like to see what is in store for this year with the new principle. He seems more than capable to change the environment with the students in the school. I am optimistic. I still feel better use of money could be spent hiring counselors instead of having too many administrative people in the office. Many of the children come from dysfunctional homes and we need to address their issues so they can adjust to a more a normal environment while adjusting to such a diverse community of teachers, students.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
Wehave a dynamic new principal

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2007
I enrolled my daughter mid-year so she was unable to take advantage of many of the extracurricular activities, however, I received tremendous support from all of her teachers. Sadly to say, I was shocked and horrified to wittiness countless inappropriate behaviors amongst the student body which seemed to go unnoticed by staff members. I know hormones are raging in middle school, but there should be safeguards in place addressing these issues. There seemed to be group of kids who made the environment difficult for teachers and students alike, but seemed to be overlooked. I empathize with what these teaches are dealing with daily. Hopefully the new principal will address the discipline problems. The music program was great.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
June 14, 2007
The campus is nice, the staff is pretty diverse, but the school is riddled with violence that seems to escalate more every day. The math, science and music programs are excellent.Overall, my child had a good experience.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2007
This is our first year here, although both of my siblings graduated from Montera in the 90's- it was much more conducive to learning and the children were not allowed to act out the way some of the children act out now. Overall, Montera has been a decent experience with some engaging teachers and great extracurricular activities. I am very concerned about the school's lack of resources to deal with a portion of children who really require special attention and staff/social worker(s) that can provide them with what they need. The level of parental involvement is excellent, however, it is usually the same handful of committed parents shouldering a large load. I have had great experiences with the 6th and 7th grade Vice-Principals- they are very hard working and extremely responsive to parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
Montera has been okay. The math teachers my child has had have been very good - quality of teaching in other subjects varies greatly, some very good, some so-so. There are a few clubs & activities afterschool, but difficult for students to participate in unless they their own transportation as bus travel is limited to immediately before & afterschool.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 06, 2006
Great school, teachers are helpful and nice. However, some student behavior can improve...

- submitted by a former student
March 30, 2006
Montera seems to be a pretty good school but they tend to be a bit rigid in order to maintain discipline in a relative large school. Not a bad this but can has its own issues.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2006
Monntera is a good school. Its reputatuation preceeds it, although the school still provides access to a fairly good education, there is still room for quite a bit of improvement. Positive responses and follow through from teachers and administration when it comes to parental concerns particularly those of African -Americans is lacking. Issues that were semmingly small have become outstanding and more problematic due to a failure to simply reply in a timely fashion. Despite the programs that are offered and access to extracurricular activities if a school can not deal with all students despite, race, color, creed, then 'something is left to be said' about its ability to truly be effective for the benefit of all.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2006
My seventh grade daughter has had a very positive experience at Montera. She has been stimulated and challenged by the curriculum (especially in 7th grade), has a positive peer group of high acheivers, and enjoys the diversity of the student body. Having a music program (beginning and advanced band and orchestra and choir) is a big plus for her. There is a fair amount of parent involvement at the school, although parent groups have been largely unsuccessful gaining participation of non-white, non-'hills' families. Teachers offer many clubs after school, and during lunch. My child feels safe and empowered at the school, although fights do occur and some kids aren't always appropriate.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2006
Overall, Montera is a fine school. Parents of non-white and special needs students should monitor the staff's differential treatment of their child. The student body is diverse and finally the front office is too. Montera has a good number of male teachers, which is great, but it would serve its community well if more non-white male teachers were hired.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2005
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 18, 2004
I used to be a student here. Good safe campus; some rich kids slashed tires to pretend they were cool (but no real violence). All I can say is I have a decent paying job and a nice place to live now, so it can't be all that bad. Mr. Sevilla's class was a fun, good learning environment. Senor Sevilla...you still there?

- submitted by a former student
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Montera is a school that is located on a lovely 20 acre campus. We have students from all walks of life as part of our community. We have the honor of being a California Distinguished School. Montera is home to a diverse staff of teachers that have been members of our community for many years. We are the largest middle school in Oakland and promote excellence in academics and achievement. Currently, we are actively working to prepare our students for the California Common Core Standards for both Math and English Language Arts; we are at the forefront of this transition. As we are making these shifts, we are engaging students in powerful and masterful instruction. Our Parent Teacher Organization is a wonderful part of our school and we work effortlessly and tirelessly together for our students' success. Montera offers many clubs, sports and activities for which our students may participate. We work to teach to the whole child so that each student finds success at Montera. Go Montera, Go Toros!

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Montera Middle School
5555 Ascot Drive, Oakland, CA  94611
(510) 531-6070
Last modified Montera Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Montera Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 75 reviews.