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Williamsburg, VA
Students enrolled: 431

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5380 Centerville Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188

(757) 258-3022
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Map of D.J. Montague Elementary School address.
October 22, 2014
Both my children attended DJ Montague, one starting in third grade the other in fifth. They both have had excellent involved teachers, who have used creative and engaging ways to encourage a safe, fun and respectful environment. One stellar program is music: fourth graders begin reading music and playing recorders, and in fifth grade children can choose between band and orchestra. Choir is also available. The other stand out program is Visions, the gifted and talented program. The teacher, Mrs. Strawn, is amazing! She challenges already high achievers to reach new heights. Children participate in Visions as a pull-out class until fourth grade, and then remain in Visions almost all day for math and/or language arts, while returning to their home room for science and social studies. Mrs. Strawn made certain that my son was challenged in class, even though that meant seeking out higher level materials just for him. If you have a gifted child, good schools can be hard to find, but this is one of them!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
We just moved to the area. All of the teachers, office staff, nurse, and principle - everyone at dj has been nothing but a true joy & blessing! I am so glad my child is a student here at dj!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
We moved to a great neighborhood in JCC thinking the schools would be excellent. I had to pull my kids from this school mid year due to several issues with teachers and safety. My child was actually bullied by her kindergarten teacher and brought in to a room where several adults were standing over her telling her how terrible she was (I actually witnessed this act). I would be very careful about sending your child to this school. If you choose to do so, I would be present in the classroom as much as possible. Moving to JCC was the worst decision we could have made for our children's mental and academic well-being. We are now living in York County and extremely pleased with the school system.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2013
This school is improving, but still has a ways to go to get up to par with its neighbors.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2012
My son attended this school for 2nd grade. Unforeseen circumstances led us out of the area. Mrs. Korabek constantly gave my son positive reinforcement. My son was and still is very quiet in class. She was able to identify that his quietness was self discipline and respect for learning. Ms. Awad introduced my son to the sounds of Louis Armstrong and enriched his love for jazz. In a time when reserved and polite children are being ignored or misunderstood I look upon our experience at DJ Montague as one of the best thus far. My son constantly misses and talks about this great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2012
My experience was awful. My child's first grade teacher called her a Kate bloomer and would crumble her art work up and throw it into the trash while my child stood their crying. I also reported that a boy in her class was touching in a way that was not ok me or my husband. Afterwards, I was told that my volunteering duties were no longer needed. We were treated awfully. We then later turned to homeschooling till we could move to a better district. It appears half of the population homeschools their children there and now I see why. Today my daughter is in an top notch school and us doing well but every now and then she mentions her 1st grade teacher and laughs and says oh mom I am in the honour roll again but be because I was a late bloomer! It is never never never ok to say such things to a child and than god she told me so I could help my child. If your a parent if influence down there...your be fine they seem to pick on children whose parents can't fight back.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
I just wanted to leave my input on this school. I had just recently moved to the area over the summer and have been living in York County. While our child is attending a fantastic school in YC, we are looking to buying a home in JCC. We had been looking at homes zoned for this school. When I first looked at all of the comments and getting some input from parents in the area I almost immediately thought, no way on this school. But then I really started to realize I needed to see things for myself and not just go off of others opinions(or what they heard). Well I am so glad I did this. I called Lynn Turner(the principle) and made an appointment to meet her in person and see the school. Well let me tell you that not only was she one of the most warm and engaging people I have ever met, she took an entire hour out of her day to sit down one on one with me and tell me about all of the wonderful things that are happening at DJ. She then took me on a tour and introduce me to numerous staff members, and brought me into classrooms. Not only was everyone very nice but all of the children seemed extremely well behaved. This is proof that seeing things for yourself is important.

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2011
Lynn Turner, DJM newly appointed principal, is absolutely fabulous! She is a natural born leader, educator and advocate for our children, their education and success in reaching their full potential in school. The staff, faculty and administration are also a reflection of her leadership and skills. DJM is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
DJ prepares children to be successful in the future. Both my children attended DJ Montague and I thought other parents might want to happen to students after graduation. One graduate college with a BSN and is a registered nurse and my second child is at MIT.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2011
Great things are happening at DJ Montague since the arrival of the new principal and assistant principal last fall. The new principal, Lynn Turner, is a leader and had changed the culture from the teachers to the bus drivers. Both of our children love DJ. It is well on its way to back to becoming the wonderful neighborhood elementary school that it has historically been.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2010
My children love DJM and have done very well at this school. My new middle schooler was very well prepared by the tteachers at DJM. She has all A's in MS and is doing advanced work.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
I had to pull my two children out of DJ. When my youngest started K. It was obvious his teacher would be better suited for a teaching position higher than grade K. She nick picked on his behavior and seem to forget that 5 year old children need to have fun with learning. She was very insistent on her side but not at all interested on my side of the issue. The curriculum set by the district is out of date and over all everything is to relaxed. But everyone does their best with what is given. I think more attention should be given to the teacher 's strengths and then place them accordingly.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2010
Our child has spent two wonderful years at DJ. Our child had challenges and received a tremendous amount of support and is now above grade level in some areas. Her first grade teacher was the best teacher I've ever seen and I have worked in the school system for many years. The principal and vice principal (who are being sent to other schools) were kind, welcoming, and responsive. No school is perfect, and there are challenges unique to each population. This school needs support from the WJCC administration and community. I believe many of the problems that occur in most schools stem from poor leadership at the school board level. There will be a lot of changes in this new school year and I hope it will only get better.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2010
My child has has two physical acts of violence occur in the last year at DJ Montague, and the new principal did nothing! DJ Montague has turned into an inner-city school being run by out of control children and an administration that does not care! I plan on pulling my child out and placing my child in a private school! I would also like to add that if the school does not do well on the Benchmarks this year, it could be the last year that DJ is open!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2009
All 3 of my children has or is attending D.J. The teachers are excellent. They strive to do whats best for the child. Their communication with me as a parent is amazing. I recommend D.J to every parent that wants the best for their childs growing mind.

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July 13, 2009
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June 15, 2009
My child just completed Kindergarten at DJ and although my child did well, I am not convinced it was due to the teachers. I believe my child was ahead of the curve because of the great preschool education received. I am not sure if I want to send my child back for first grade. I had the opportunity to volunteer in the school and I was not impressed with the level of education provided in one first grade class. In my opinion DJ has a long way to go. We need more parental involvement for one, and we need teachers that are willing to teach ALL kids, not just smart kids. I think the principal did the best job given the circumstances. Overall, I was underwhelmed.

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March 10, 2009
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no rating January 08, 2008
We are extremely happy with the teachers and administration at D.J. Montague. Although one of our two children had learning issues they were very supportive in doing everything possible to help him.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2007
I am very happy with all that is going on there to help my child and others. He was on track or above until he had a poor teacher last year. I was ready to move him but the school and his new teacher have worked with him - before after school and whatever it has taken to get him back on track and he is doing great. Don't judge this school on a few bad apples, the staff and teachers on a whole are very caring and good at what they do. The Administration could use some new blood and update the school a little. Over all I would not pick any other public school in the area above DJM.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
We have 2 children at DJ Montague and are very disappointed. One is gifted and the gifted program is a joke - two years in a row they 'ran out of time' to work with his group. The other is gifted but has learning disabilities and this school and system is a complete failure, mostly with the administration but also with some teachers. Most, not all, of the teachers are very caring and devoted to their profession, too bad they are at a school that does not have the same standards. If you are looking to come to the Williamsburg area, you can do much better than DJ Montague.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2007
We chose to have our second child attend DJ Montague because of the wonderful experience our son, (who will be going into 9th grade this fall)had throughout his entire time there. He left DJ and went to middle school and has remained an honor roll student for all of 6th, 7th and so far, 8th grade. I truly give his positive experience at DJM, credit for this! Our twins will be attending kindergarten there as well in 4 more years and we look forward to it! Keep up the great work. Mr. Walk is the BEST!!!

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October 27, 2006
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September 13, 2006
I am a teacher and have taught in three elementary schools. My children attend D.J. and I couldn't be more content with the education they are receiving. The staff is incredible! The bond they have with one another reflects in the teamwork they instill in the children. It is an excellent school that I wish I had the opportunity to work at. Their dedication to education is evident. The school is beautiful and well laid out. The P.T.A. has done a great job with programs and the staff has also done an impeccable job with Relay for Life. I am so pleased that my children are fortunate enough to attend such a phenomenal school at D.J. Montague!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
I have two children who attend DJ and I am very disappointed in the school as a whole. We came from a wonderful school in which my children were doing fabulous. The teachers were caring, helpful, always asked for parental involvement, and the kids were happy. The teachers at DJ are what I like to refer to as filing cabinet teachers. They don't actually teach; rather, they pull a handout of their filing cabinet and send the kids off. The staff is no better. They are rude and very unfriendly. My son was actually attacked by another child and they punished both him and his attacker equally. I never had a problem at our old school. Numerous parents in the area are home schooling or using private school.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2005
This is my son's 2nd year at DJ Montague. We've moved many times in his short life and this is the sixth school he's attended. I must say, however, this is the first school that he completely adjusted to. The programs are great! I can't speak highly enough about the teachers who are kind and genuinely care for their students. His classmates have been wonderful too. He's made some really good friends. He actually wants to go to school everyday! He loves it and so does his father and I.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
My grandson has attented this school for two years now, and I know without a doubt that this is one of the best schools around. The teachers are wonderful! They have a great repor with the children and it's obvious the children feel the same way. My grandson had some problems emotionally re. school and this school worked with him in every way possible to assist him through this difficult time. Everyone is so upbeat and positive from administrators down, the enthusiasm is exemplary.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2004
Our family has had to move 3 times in the course of my children's elementary education and we have been blessed to attend D.J. Montague. The staff are attentive to both my gifted children and were also very attentive to my son who had difficulty adjusting to yet another school and teachers. I have nothing but praise for the school program and facilities.

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D.J. Montague Elementary School
5380 Centerville Rd, Williamsburg, VA  23188
(757) 258-3022
Last modified D.J. Montague Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
D.J. Montague Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top