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Montera Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 895 students

 
 
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3 stars

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Based on 15 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
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Posted March 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 9, 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


Posted December 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 9, 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


Posted May 9, 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


Posted May 3, 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


Posted April 4, 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


Posted October 4, 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


Posted 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


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789

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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2012 to 2013

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

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64%

2011

 
 
60%

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62%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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43%

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55%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
96%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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25%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
52%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
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General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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30%

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n/a

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

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90%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

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51%

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66%

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62%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%

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72%

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74%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Females64%
Males64%
African American43%
Asian69%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented70%
Parent education - not a high school graduate15%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate68%
Parent education - declined to state70%

Math

All Students43%
Females43%
Males43%
African American20%
Asian63%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino17%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only45%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented50%
Parent education - not a high school graduate0%
Parent education - high school graduate12%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)12%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate57%
Parent education - declined to state51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students75%
Females69%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented73%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state76%

English Language Arts

All Students64%
Females70%
Males57%
African American43%
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability60%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented69%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate72%
Parent education - declined to state65%

Math

All Students25%
Females25%
Males25%
African American12%
Asian64%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino15%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)45%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Non-economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability25%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only26%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented26%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)14%
Parent education - college graduate37%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate21%
Parent education - declined to state24%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students43%
Females44%
Males41%
African American19%
Asian65%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only43%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented58%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state44%

English Language Arts

All Students55%
Females60%
Males52%
African American32%
Asian75%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented72%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)39%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to state60%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students30%
Females25%
Males34%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Non-economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disability6%
Students with no reported disability36%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only32%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented39%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state26%

Geometry

All Students94%
Females89%
Males97%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state93%

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students50%
Females50%
Males50%
African American30%
Asian75%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented71%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)28%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate58%
Parent education - declined to state53%

Science

All Students67%
Females64%
Males70%
African American47%
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented82%
Parent education - not a high school graduate64%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 41% 7%
White 24% 27%
Hispanic 17% 51%
Asian 12% 11%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Nurse(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Russom Mesfun
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (510) 531-6354

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
  • Writing
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • AC Transit has 10 dedicated buses that transport students to and from Montera.

Summer Prep (summer program)

About the program
  • Academic enrichment
Types of activities
  • Academic
Operated by
  • OUSD
Dates offered
  • June 25, 2013 - July 19, 2013
Days offered
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
Start time
  • 8:30 am
End time
  • 12:30 pm
Is enrollment limited to students who attend the school?
  • Yes
What grades can participate?
  • 6-8
Website
Phone number
  • (510) 531-6070
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
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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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5555 Ascot Drive
Oakland, CA 94611
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Phone: (510) 531-6070

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