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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 !
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.
Great School, good electives. Yes enroll but do it early before spots run out!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
The teachers are dedicated and very supportive to students and parents!
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.
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 .
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
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.
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 !
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