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Monticello Academy

Private | K-8 | 336 students

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $500,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,650.

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted March 17, 2014

My kids started at Monticello in preschool (first one in 2005),and we are still there! I truly believe that the teachers, administrative staff, and principal want the absolute best for the students; they repeatedly go out of their way to help in whatever way is possible. When my youngest was diagnosed with a serious, chronic medical condition, the staff didn't skip a beat and incorporated the new issues into their routine. The negative reviewers are surprising--not every aspect of the school is always perfect for each of my children at all times, but when we have brought a concern to the staff, the situation was addressed and was handled appropriately. The school offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities that often are missing in elementary/middle schools these days. Also, the after-school program is well-run with many additional options. I highly recommend Monticello Academy to parents interested in a caring, academically-challenging educational experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

Fabulous school so glad my son was nurtured and taught here. This school continues to grow and improve each year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

Great Principal, supportive teachers and individual attention to students. This school does require a lot of dedication and a commitment to excellence. Rules are pretty strict all around but staff is extremely caring and helps children improve in every way in a nurturing manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2013

My daughter studied on this school. The biggest problem with this school is class teachers. I believe that some of class teacher's are not good. The teacher is not having enough experience to handle students and some teachers are not showing interest to speed up students. We have struggled with this school. I and my wife put lot of efforts to pick up my daughter. Really there was a lot of improvement in my daughter's performance. The parents must think twice to admit their kids into Monticello academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

Simply put Monticello is the best! A fantastic school where both of my sons have blossom tremendously throughout the years. The academic programs combined with the well rounded approach to teaching children have put Monticello Academy in a league of their own. My children have experience kindergarten to the 3rd grade programs so far, and I have only praises to sing in regards to the teachers, the academic program, the after school care and the administration. When problems arise, the principal, the administrators and teachers are there to respond to the issue/need. They bring valuable feedback, provide guidance and get a solution in place. I have rarely met such a dedicated principal, administrators and teachers! Mrs. Trinh s (principal) leadership and ability to hire teachers have made Monticello the best choice for us and our children. I could not be more pleased than I am with our decision to have our children attend such an incredible school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2012

The overall bad attitude of the administration and general lack of accountability for bad supervision severely outweigh the few good teachers at this school. You can tell few teachers, preschool, elementary, and middle school genuinely care about the kids and parents. The teachers seem to be overworked and underpaid. The tuition is one of the highest in the area and they still expect and hound you to donate for every fundraiser and school function that comes along. The principal will be your best friend to your face and surely favor your children if you refer your friends or have multiple children there but don't ever get on her bad side....I have heard her talking and laughing about people with that snotty assistant of hers the second someone leaves. Overall, I would not recommend this place to anyone. Your money will be better spent somewhere that children will be shown love and respect not treated according to how well liked their parents are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2012

Overall, teachers at this school gave lots of favoritism to a few selected students whose parents were close to the principal. And, many of the teachers could not balance the core subjects evenly such as they would teach more of their stronger subjects and their weaker subjects less. The principal would allow the teachers to be absent for a week for their personal leisure, and what made it worst was that most of the substitutes were inexperienced and could not even carry on the course where the core subject teachers left off. Also, this school campus is too small to house pre-school, elementary and middle school together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

This is my daughter's second year at Monticello Academy and I couldn't be happier. This is the place where the principal and teachers know all the kid's names. Their commitment to the success of the students is second to none. The priority of the teachers as well as the staff is that each and every student reach their academic as well as their social/emotional potential. The goal of Monticello is that the students are successful in school and ultimately successful in life. We all feel as a part of a big family in this school. I highly recommend Monticello Academy to other potential parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2012

I have moved my son from different private school to Monticello to 2nd grade because his prev school was disaster academically. He was really upset to leave the great place where you can do nothing except having fun so Monticello teacher had a bit of challenge. He is doing great there, accepted the fact it is much more homework and structure and I am just sorry I didn't know about this school before. It is very affordable for private school, great afterschool program, hot lunches included in tuition ect... I hope for next year we will have as great teacher as we have now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2012

My daughter attended Monticello Academy in fall 2009, during a very rough time for her and problems with school. We visited most K-8th private school around this area, and decided to go with Monticello school. Since attending this wonderful school, she has opened up to her teachers, and made a lot of new, close friends. The small school environment, with extremely friendly and dedicated teachers has made a very positive impact on her. The students in this school are very friendly, and make new students feel very welcome. Began to show a new interest in school and is a much happier child compared to previous school. The staff has been there for us as a family and all of her teachers show a true interest in her. On academic side, it is fairly rigorous, and they have a top notch computer curriculum. She does so much better with her SAT test last year than before. This school is a perfect fit for my daughter, and I'm a very happy parent !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2011

I agree that the low ratings assessed by some of the reviewers positively puzzle me. I have visited, and my daughter has attended many schools. Monticello is by far the best in terms of dedicated teachers and administrators, a rigorous and engaging curriculum, a terrific after-school program, top-notch computer technology and arts/music programs (what other school has computer classes 4 days a week where students actually learn how computers work, how to code, design....). This school is superlative in every way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2011

it is an awesome school. dont know why its gotten 3 stars only. you have to be here to feel the difference between Monticello and others. i have shopped a lot in the past 3 years for the right school for my son. he joined this one earlier this year in the Sunshine Room and has loved it to the core. we as parents have loved the carefully involved teachers, the ulta responsible management..challenging curriculum, regular fun and educative field trips, well coached co curricular activities.. you name it and they have it already in place....successfully accomplished!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2011

School too small and don't have resources for extra support , staff uncooperative and egoistic teachers. We have better choices at the same tuition fee.


Posted February 1, 2011

My daughter is attending K in Montincello Academy. We are very happy with our selection. Not only we feel that the teacher quality and principal leadership is excellent, but also there is a lot of parents involvment. We like in particular the language and computer programs this school offers. The food is very diverse and prepared at school. Above all my daughter loves it! She wanted to be signed up for the afterschool program so she can stay at school longer . I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2011

This school is really wonderful. They have highly energetic and wonderfully phenomenal teachers, and very involved parents. I wasn't to sure simply by looking at the school or at its specific programs, but they have done an amazing job with my son. I definitely see the growth in what he has learned, and his accomplishments are in part because of the wonderful staff. The cons side for this school is that the parking lot is somewhat small, so it can be quite busy during pickup/drop off hours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2010

My son started 1st grade at this school last September. The school has an excellent academic curriculum, great teachers and a diverse group of children. The parents are involved and care about the children. The owner is committed to provide great quality education and support for the students, it seems. Will give more detail feedback at the end of the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2010

My family loves being a part of Monticello Academy. We all have had a very positive experience here. My two children are thriving, both academically and socially. The dedicated teachers and staff are amazing with the children and are very involved. My wife and I are both actively involved in the school and we have a real connection to this community. We have made life-long friends here. I would recommend Monticello Academy to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

We have safety, security, and other concerns with this school and withdrew our child. With the way they handled the withdrawal, I'm so glad we did! We can do better!
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Posted August 24, 2010

My child will be entering the 3rd grade at Monticello this Sept. We have been at the school since prschool. We love everything about it, especially the warm and freindly atmosphere. Every child is meant to feel special. Last year my son's class had two teachers. Both were extremely competent, approachable and always put their student's needs above all else. The same can be said for the administration who has always strived to make my son's school experience a very positive one. The curriculum is well balance with lots of extra curicular activities such as Tae Kwon Do. We are looking forward to another wonderful year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

My kid is attending this school and is in 2nd grade. We were really happy with the school so far. But unfortunately, i feel terrible this year. The teacher is really horrible. She doesn't have any clue about what she is doing. Even other parents are upset with the teacher. She is really rude with the kids. But, other grades appear to be fine. The management is good. Expect the fact that the principal have the tendency to convince us with her own point rather than solving the issue. Apart from this, the school is very clean. Staffs are really friendly. I will give 41/2 stars if were not rating for the current year. If i were to rate based on teacher's performance for this year, I don't think I would have even given two stars.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 30% 26%
Two or more races 13% 3%
Black 2% 6%
Hispanic 1% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Foreign languages taught
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  • Spanish

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
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  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Trinh Trinh
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAEYC
Fax number
  • (408) 615-0894

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Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese
  • Spanish

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  • Computer
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  • Playground
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  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • taekwondo
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • taekwondo

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Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
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3345 Lochinvar Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95051
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