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A. Montoya Elementary School

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Posted May 18, 2014

A Montoya Elementary school is a wonderful community school. We have FABULOUS teachers and a DYNAMIC Principal and administration. I challenge anyone who does not agree to take the time to volunteer to make us even better. We are on the way up! We need great parents to volunteer. We have a fabulous FAMILY room for parents with small children so you CAN be a part of the school and bring your little ones along. We need more PTA members and volunteers. YOUR talent will help our school grow. Do you have an hour to spare? More? Less. We welcome ANY and ALL help we can get!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2014

I am extremely happy with the education my children have received at A. Montoya. Three of my children have attended AMES. They have always had teachers that care about them and want them to be successful. The new principal is awesome! Although she is not always present due to the merge of the two schools, she is always available by cell phone. She will answer calls at midnight! She is never to busy to deal with issues. My kids have been through a couple other principals and Ms. Nation is by far the best one. She truly cares about students and their families. I have one more student through and I would not have them at any other school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

I have 3 kids at A Montoya and first want to say how great the teaching staff has been. They have gone about and beyond what is required and many truly understand the differences between each student in their class. Up till the 2012-2013 school year I would have give the school 4 stars, having made a true turn around. However this school year they replaced the principals, and the school has suffered. The principals did not know the student and because they were time sharing the position with the adjoining middle school they are still trying to learn the kids. The one key issue I have with the principals is that their priority is not the kids, that the staff and central office is more important than the kids. They have not dealt with issues when they arise and have told parent s when they bring up an issue to take it up with the central office or to transfer their kids to other schools. This includes child safety issues. I felt with the past principal she served as an intermediary between the community and the central office, but now we are expected to take up all issues with the central office ourselves. Because of the new principals I give the school one star.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

I have 3 children attending A. Montoya and am content with their educational experience. Previously, we lived back east. There my kids were enrolled in schools that were rated 10. With that in mind, here are some of my thoughts concerning A. Montoya. The Good: The teachers and staff are excellent. They are among the best teachers I have encountered. Over the years, I have developed a bias toward experienced teachers. They catch the slow. They identify the quick. They are able to meet the needs of more students. I have had kids in 5 different elementary schools, and this is the highest concentration of exceptional teachers that I have seen. In addition, I like the principal. (She's been there 3 years.) She is quick to address your concerns and is always "around". I have seen her at every school function, including PTA meetings. The Not-So-Good: A. Montoya is not a neighborhood school. Most families live a few miles, in different directions, from the facility. The school boundary is large. This makes building a "sense of community" more difficult. I am optimistic that with better parent organization and an infusion of some "enthusiasm" that this can change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2007

The academic programs in this leave a lot to be desired. My children come home with very little homework and complain about running out of work to do in class. I help out in the classroom 2-3 times a week & find their complaints are not without merit. The teachers main focus seems to be 'No child left behind'. The children at the top however seem to be the ones left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2007

This school has been a disappointment for our family this year. The PTA is great and went out of their way to try and resolve many issues. Unfortunately, some of the safety and discipline issues are still unresolved. Parent involvement is low when compared to other schools in the district. I believe a good elementary school starts with a good reading program at the Kindergarten level. This puts the 1st grade students and teachers at a disadvantage, as the children are expected to be able to read and recognize many words by first grade. Each subsequent grade is negatively affected by the deficiency incurred at the kindergarten level. If your child is already a reader, have him/her tested for gifted. The gifted program at this school is pretty good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2007

I have 2 children at A. Montoya and was very impressed 4 years ago when my oldest child entered as a kindergardner. Unfortunately, morale among Teachers, students and parents is down due to poor administration. Consequently, the quality of education has suffered. I will probably switch schools next year as will many other parents, students & staff. As a side note, this school has been a failing school for at least the last 3 years. The principal is not really too motivated to effect any changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

As the parents of a newly 'graduated' kindergartener from A. Montoya we would just like to say that we had a truly amazing experience. The amount of learning my child received was beyond what we expected and the quality was very high. Parent involvement at this school was another added bonus with many moms and dads taking an active role in their childs education. Good, friendly, intelligent people are what we encountered throughout the year. From what we can tell they really push math and science and my 6 year old is doing advanced addition/subtraction some fractions and is a wizz at math sentence problems. We give A. Montoya an A+.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

As parents of a former student of A. Montoya, we are very pleased and appreciative of the high quality of education our child received from the outstanding, professional, dedicated teachers and educational assistants. We also felt respected and safe in an atmosphere where the entire adult staff obviously cared about each individual child, family, and our community as a whole. The core group of parents who consistently volunteered their time, talents, and/or treasure were an invaluable support to the quality of education and success of the children. I only wish more parents would also help in some way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2003

The Principal is new to the school and is learning the ropes. I feel she will do well. A. Montoya Elementary has an awesome PTA who does so many wonerful things for the good of the students and the school.


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

49 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

75 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students54%
Female46%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female59%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students43%
Female43%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities8%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female52%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Native Americann/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities8%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female64%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities8%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students35%
Female32%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female64%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 53% 59%
White 43% 26%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Black 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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24 Public School Rd
Tijeras, NM 87059
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