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South Pasadena, CA

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1624 Via Del Rey
South Pasadena, CA 91030

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June 26, 2014
My daughter will be entering 4th grade in the fall. In her years at MHS (she started in kinder), she has been blissfully happy--she is always sad to see the year end. She loves her teachers and feels very much a part of the school. I do think, at times, the homework load is a bit much and not all that helpful to students long-term. This is a very minor complaint, though, and I think partially influenced by parents who think their kids should have lots of homework. In addition to caring, professional teachers, my daughter has had great experiences with other staff--the computer teacher, librarian, custodians, and others. The PTA is VERY involved and gives ample opportunity for parents to participate, and they've also had some parent-education-type meetings. Finally, the location in the hills and with some trees does make us seem further away from the noise.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
We are new to this school and our experience with the teachers have been great. However, the principal needs improvement. Dr. Navarro is not personable. She is also not interested in improving our school in terms of technology. There are No smart boards in this school whatsoever, anywhere. Unfortunately, we miss that back in our previous school. There are a countless number of public schools within 15miles of South Pasadena that have already been granted smart boards in there classrooms for over two years now, I don't see how this district hasn't done this yet? .Are we working on this? Are there any plans to use SPEF funds to get with the program on Smart Boards for the classrooms? There's always room for improvement. I get that we get "10" but we lack in different areas too. Parents are the true leaders in this school I say Bravo to you.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
Awful administration. This is not a good school. Teachers and staff are rude. Worst school

- submitted by a community member
September 03, 2013
The school is great, but I agree with the review below. The afterschool program needs to be addressed. the staff in unprofessional, lucking of proper education.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2013
My two children attend Monterey Hills and are, for the most part, pretty happy. I do however, have two complaints about this school. The first issue for me are some of the Kindergarten teachers. I have personally witnessed a couple of them being rather harsh with the students in their care. The manner in which I have seen and heard them speak to the students is pretty mean-spirited and they just don't convey happiness. I don't know why that is. They seem unhappy and/or overwhelmed at times and it's pretty obvious that perhaps they do not enjoy their job as much as you would hope. Also, the office personnel are not very friendly or particularly helpful. They just don't go that extra step to be helpful in a nice way. I plan on speaking with the Principal of the school soon so bring my observances to her attention.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Great teachers and staff that have genuine interest and pride in the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2010
Monterey Hills deserves a 10, not a 9. They're teachers genuinely love to teach and the neighborhood is very safe and upscale. My kids developed strong study habits here are a young age.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2009
Our home school was supposed to be Marengo but due to overflow my daughter was place in MHS instead. A week after school started in kindergarten Marengo called me that they had 1 spot for my daughter, I turned it down, for so many reasons. She had a great K teacher who she loves until end of school. The MHS area is more residential compared to Marengo its more exposed to businesses area in SP. MHS has a very active PTA. Great Principal, very involved and active. My daughter is reading now and do some math as well. Now my daughter is starting 1st grade this Sept 1st and she is very excited to meet her new teacher. im very confident that her 1st grade teacher is as competent and intellectual as her K teacher. We dont want to anywhere else than MHS. Salute to the teachers and staff of MHS.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2009
My son has attended Monterey Hills since Kinder and is in third grade now. From the very first day, the school has provided an environment that combines strong academic programs with enrichment activities. Hands on school principal and caring teachers. Great playard with lots of shade and green.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
Our home school should have been Arroyo Vista but our son was sent to Monterey Hills due to overflow issues at Arroyo. My husband and I were excited to see the enthusiasm from the staff at Monterey Hills and felt comfortable knowing that our son was going to receive a good start for kindergarten. We just received our acceptance letter from Monterey Hills indicating that he can stay until the 5th grade. Monterey Hills is an incredible school with a wonderful staff of professionals! Wouldn't want to be anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 03, 2008
Two of my children attend MHE. It is a wonderful school. The teachers are excellent. The academics are strong. The school is a very safe site. My children simply love their school

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2007
My daughter is half way through kindergarten and has learned to read and is doing simple adding and subtracting already. She gets interesting and fun assignments and is always excited to go to school. Parents are very involved as well - there is a parent volunteer at least 3 days a week in the class. The principal is great - very accessible and interested in making the school a good environment for all kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
I absoultely love this school. My daughter is a third grader this year, and every morning she is willing and eager to attend school. The parent participation, and teacher dedication makes this school very special.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2006
My son is in Kindergarten and we have had a wonderful experience. The teachers are terrific, the community involvement is superb. Although I can only review Kindergarten, academically my son is enjoying his experience, it is challenging, stimulating and fun.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
Monterey Hills in anchored by very experienced teachers who know a good thing when they see it. The kids are nice mostly coming from upper-middle & upper-income, professional families based in the hills. All in all, very nice kids from nice families being taught by established teachers in a very safe environment.

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January 11, 2006
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December 20, 2005
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May 31, 2005
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May 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2005
Beautiful Campus and the smaller of the three elementary schools in South Pasadena.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
This school has a homework policy that sets limits on the number of minutes students should spend on homework on the average four nights per week. Many parents elect to send their child(ren)to tutoring after school because they may not have the time or command of English to assist. Many daycare providers have time periods for students to complete homework, but do not provide assistance when needed. This school provides after school assistance in reading and math for students not meeting grade level proficiency. These students may get extra help because they are second language learners, or they may be weak in specific concepts or skills necessary to meet District standards. Their are also creative and enriching experiences all teachers provide during the school day. Students are given a balance of solid math and language arts instruction as well as drama, music and visual arts programs.

- submitted by a teacher
January 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2005
About 80% of the parents enroll their child in additional private tutoring at this school. I have discovered that if you have an average child you must enroll your child in some form of outside tutoring to keep up in the classsroom. NO sense of community involvement or cohesive & FUN learning going on environment. It is just a job for most teachers there.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2004
Monterey Hills is a wonderful school. My child has learned so much. Teachers, staff, and administrators all work as a team to ensure children are succeeding in school which is wonderful.

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We are the smallest of the three elementary schools in South Pasadena. We house two Special Day Classes(specific learning disabilities) for the District, and have clustered Gifted and Talented Education classes for qualifying 4th and 5th grade students. Our local educational foundation sponsors after school enrichment classes for both the fall and spring semesters. We have a District-sponsored preschool for four-year old children as well as a District sponsored kindercare program in the morning and afternoon.


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Monterey Hills Elementary School
1624 Via Del Rey, South Pasadena, CA  91030
(626) 441-5860
Last modified Monterey Hills Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Monterey Hills Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top