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.
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.
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.
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.
Fabulous inclusive principal, has created a safe and disciplined environment, while maintaining great enthusiasm for the children.
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.
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!
I love Montera Middle School, My Child is enjoying it and is learning a lot. The principal is also very good!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great school, teachers are helpful and nice. However, some student behavior can improve...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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