They are not honest in their selection process. Pre-selecting kids, and pushing them hard. You better get them to a reasonably good public school, that should do it for K-5. The principal is very strict, almost inhuman.
Stay away from this School. They are assessing students even for Kindergarten. And the assessment questions contains recognizing vowels, sounds, first letters of the words, numbers up to 100, kids behavior in the class etc. If teach all these before the school, what is the point of getting them the school. They are pre-selecting students, and it is not fair!
We moved our daughter from a public school to Monticello after a disastrous 3rd grade public school experience (the teacher could not finish the curriculum due to students who were too far behind). She's now in her second year (5th grade) at Monticello. I was worried about a transition to a new school, but she has absolutely loved her experience at Monticello, and made new friends immediately. The extracurricular activities are what keeps her happy. She's actively involved in Band, Art, and Drama at the school and loves her teachers.
I am very happy that my son graduated from Monticello Academy last year, and currently attending Archbishop Mitty High School. He was very well prepared for high school during his four years at Monticello Academy. The teachers were caring and worked very hard with the children, and the atmosphere is more like one of an extended family rather than just an educational institution. I definitely recommend this school.
We have 2 children at Monticello Academy, and have been with the school for the past 2 years.
It is a small school with very dedicated teachers, and our children are striving in this small school
environment, both emotionally and academically. The principal is very devoted, the teachers do great work, and in general it is a very friendly, great group of kids. I highly recommend this school to prospective parents.
Previously withdrew our son from this school due to his below average academic performance, we sent him to a near by school (paid higher but we're fine with that). Our son didn't do well at new school either. We identified the problem. Probably we hadn't spent much time with him and his teachers. Asked our son which school he'd like, he preferred Monticello, because of his friends and teachers at Monticello were nice. We transferred him back to Monticello with no issues. Teachers wanted to work with us to help our son. We worked with the teachers for more than a years, and they're great, helpful, dedicated and open minded. Tuition at this school is lower than its competitors. I have to agree that the facility is not topnotch but I would hold against it. Lesson learn: It's a both way street, parents and teachers work together to achieve common goal for our children. Administrations anywhere are ridiculous to be fair, but our son worked with teacher, not administration. I've read a few sour grapes on this site, but it's their options, their life. We'll send out daughter to Monticello when she's five years old.
Monticello gets both of its stars because we have had generally good experiences with faculty. However, the administration spends so much time nagging the parents on one hand (attendance, tardies, uniforms) all the while undercutting the core teachers' classroom management. If your local public school is truly below standards, or you need extended care before/after school, then Monticello may work for you. But know going in that the curriculum lacks anything innovative, the hot lunch has devolved into reheated frozen offerings from Costco (this started in 2013), and the focus on the whole child are now a thing of the past. Ask to see the census of the student body over the last several years, and then question why there has been a massive exodus in the student body (75 students over just one summer!) If having integrity modeled for your children is important to you, then this is not your school. The administration will discuss your children or your family's plans with other parents. They will openly discuss the kick backs and perks they receive from vendors of the school. They will take the cheap way out in terms of field trips and student safety.