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John Monteith Elementary School5
Posted June 15, 2011
- a parent
Monteith is fantastic! We moved to the area from a very highly ranked school in California and couldn't be happier with the principal, teachers, staff, and fellow students/parents. We found a welcoming atmosphere with a strong focus on individualized learning for our kids in K, 3rd, and 5th. Highly recommended.
One of the greatest things about Monteith is that even though it's a big school, it still has a warm, neighborhood feel to it. Everyone from the principal on down is friendly and welcoming. Teachers take the time to differentiate between students so that everyone is challenged in the classroom. I'm always impressed by the fact that the gym teacher knows every child in the building by name! I highly recommend Monteith Elementary School!
We are parents of 2 daughters who have or will be attending Monteith. It is a great school. Yes, it is the largest of the elementary schools in GP. One of the reasons, is parents WANT to send their kids to this school. The early el (only area we have experience thus far) is excellent. The teachers and their supporting staff have been great at communicating to the parents and providing helpful hints to encourage their child's growth. We volunteer occassionally-maybe 20 hours a semester, and are always welcome. Mrs. Walby has done a great job following a principal that had been at Monteith for several years, as well as dealing with several of the current bond projects underway-parking lot, addition, etc. One thing missing-foreign language as part of the core curriculum.
I've been a Monteith mom for three years and have two daughters there. It's a really great school. I volunteer a lot but unlike the reviewer before me, I don't come close to 20 hours a week and don't know any parent who does. Also, as a 'lunch mom' I can tell you that it's not up to us on whether the kids go out for recess or not - the principal makes the call based on weather and wind chill. There's never been a day when kids should have gone out but didn't. I'm not sure where the previous reviewer gets her/his information. As with any school, be careful of the parental gossip - it may not be true. Monteith has wonderful teachers and a stellar curriculum. Yes, it's the biggest in GP and lunchtime is rushed, but it's the one that all the parents want their kids in.
My child-former student who attended for five years with previous principal. Monteith-most students of any elementary in GPSS. Many parents, i.e. mothers, volunteered more than 20 hrs/week. If you can't be that involved you may not perceive the school as 'user friendly', i.e. not inclusive of new or working families. The low math scores (compare Kirby and Mason) reflect the lack of quality math instruction for fourth and fifth grades. No school is perfect, but many contradictions: violin offered, classes held in basement furnace room; hot lunch offered, lines so long and lunchroom (gym) so noisy and crowded bag lunch necessary to finish a 'thirty-minute- factory-lunch'; after-care offered for working parents at a fee which included use of school gym, yet parent or community (elections) activities took priority, kids given hallway or art room; lunch moms didn't like cold, kids given indoor (classroom) recess 10 days straight against PE recommendations.