Monte Gardens Elementary School

3841 Larkspur Drive, Concord, CA 94519
(925) 685-3834
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 577 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

83%
57%
56%
85%
67%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
51%
46%
92%
70%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
69%
65%
97%
79%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
67%
60%
87%
73%
65%
82%
60%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Monte Gardens Elementary School is a public elementary school in Concord. The principal of Monte Gardens Elementary School is Susan Peters, who can be contacted at peterss@mdusd.org. 577 children attend Monte Gardens Elementary School and identify primarily as Filipino, Multiracial, and Asian. 15% of the Monte Gardens Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 19% of the 577 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Monte Gardens Elementary School is 21:1. Sunrise (Special Education) School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 9% 4%
Multiracial 9% %
Asian 9% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 46% 47%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 5%
Hispanic 25% 32%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 1%
Unspecified 0.2% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 36%
Limited English proficiency 15% 19%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I don't understand the rant about Monte Gardens and the principal Mrs. Peters. My daughter has had a wonderful experience at Monte Gardens. They have people there who really care. I for one know how hard Susan Peters has been working to make the school a safe environment. There are programs in place to teach students about treating each other with kindness and using the power that everyone has to speak up for oneself and express their feelings in a positive not hurtful way. (some parents might learn from this) There are students and families from many different cultures. This makes for a warm and rich community. Carnivals and family nights and teachers who truly care. They work hard to provide a full education for our children. I felt lucky to get into this school. There is a wait list to get in so how bad could it really be?

  • (9 months ago)

    I've been a parent at Monte Gardens for 4 years now. We have some really great teachers at this school and I'm grateful for that - thus the 3 star rating. Unfortunately we seem to be losing the great community for which Monte Gardens was built. We have a fairly new principal that is very unapproachable demeaning dismissive and does enforce the tenants on which our school is based. As a result we have a group of disenfranchised parents who no longer want to give of their time and resources in support of our school and principal. We have lost many teachers (5 in just the last year) - we were known for having teachers that never leave. We are trying to force parents to volunteer and still cannot get the volunteers - we used to be known for all our volunteers. We can't get enough donations to support field trips music and art programs. The general community and environment that made Monte Garden special is at risk and I can only pray that this doesn't continue to affect our children's educations. I think it's time for change in leadership philosophies and to get "back to basics" at Monte Gardens before we become another lower performing school in the Mt. Diablo school district.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have to laugh at the parent who feels that Monte Gardens and Susan Peters is "bad bad bad" for Spanish families. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!! Susan Peters bends over backwards for Spanish families. After all the school gets more $$ because of all the Spanish Speaking children. It's DISGUSTING! In her monthly recorded phone message she makes sure to encourage ALL parents including English speaking to come to the ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) meetings however she has NEVER sent out a recorded message about the lice outbreaks. It took a very brave parent to advise me of the lice outbreak that occurred in the school. I am only giving (1) star because I do like the teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have had children in many different schools over the years but have never seen a school that has such a horrible environment. Monte Gardens feels more like a prison than a school. Holiday & birthdays are NOT celebrated nor are they allowed to dress up for Halloween. Parents are told at orientation to STAY OUT of the hallways and away from the classrooms. Monte Gardens teachers BENCH students for not doing their homework or not returning Monday Mail folders!!! Even 6 year olds are benched. Parents are lectured if they are caught hanging around near the school because as Peters stated 'the school needs to be quiet for academic focus???' The drop off lane is like a front line in a war zone with rigid rules and yelling pta. High academic standards are used as the justification for the horrible environment and why the parents are kept at arms length from their children's education but the reality is the curriculum is average. Peter's herself is like an army sergeant with a very CHILLY attitude and a hostile combative approach with parents. If you come to her with an issue you are lectured to comply with school policy & rules or threatened with removal.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a daughter now in her 5th year at MG. Since we are surrounded by underperforming schools I can't help but wonder why the district doesn't implement additional schools to follow the MG program. I am convinced the higher scores are a combination of parental involvement great teachers and a more demanding cirriculum.

  • (1 year ago)

    Dedicated teachers that really care about their students. I have a daughter that went through and is now at Sequoia Middle and a son who is currently in third grade. Parent involvement is mandatory and one of the reasons why MG is so successful. Keep up the great work!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Great Teachers. Lot of parents participation. Excellent principal who is always looking for ways to improve students academically. Good atmosphere for kids. It is amazing how they have been able to maintain such a high start school test rating in spite of having kids from different background from all over the surrounding area attending the school. Kudos to the Teachers and staff...

  • (2 years ago)

    Bad bad for Spanish familys. The Principal doesn't have knowledge and rime to learn more abouth others cultures.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great School... lots of parent involvement which makes this school special... Teachers are dedicated and the principal is leading them in the right direction. They are adding a new computer lab which should help the kids going forward. I am confidant that they will maintain this high standard in coming years...

  • (4 years ago)

    The best thing about this school is the level of parental involvement; if it wasn't for the parent volunteers there would be no PE or motor skills programs and no help for the teachers. The teachers my son was lucky enough to get were great. Unfortunately the new principal did a lousy job dealing with a teacher who was unable to meet the demands of her job (she basically left it up to the other teachers and parent volunteers all year to make up for this teacher's inadequacies then fired the teacher 2 weeks before the end of the school year). Furthermore the principal was not even-handed in dealing out discipline and when she called me to discuss my child's behavior she was very condescending. Even when the school was being threatened with closure she did not support the parent club's efforts to keep it open.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is awesome. If you are lucky enough in these times to have your kid here you are blessed. Big time parent participation. Schools should model themselves after this one..

  • (4 years ago)

    We love Monte Gardens! The program the staff parents and kids make it what it is today! We moved right behind this school to attend Monte Gardens. We CHOOSE this to be our home neighborhood school as this this is what is home to us and so many others. Test scores are not everything but they don't lie either...Monte Gardens API is 918 and ranks 4th out of all elementary schools in concord. I couldn't be happier and hopes this school remains open for our children's sake!

  • (4 years ago)

    Excellent support system for our children by building a community around them comprised of their parents teachers and staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love watching my kids want to go to school every day. They love their teachers and enjoy learning! If it wan't for the wonderful staff and parents we wouldn't be who we are. Thank you Monte Gardens and our families!

  • (5 years ago)

    My child has been at MG for almost 4 years. MG is a high quality school with a dedicated and talented teaching staff as well as a superior support staff. The children are held to high standards and usually are able to meet them. When they struggle they are given extra support. Do not be alarmed by some of the lower ratings. Those are usually people who have some issue with the school that is unique to them and not representative of the entire parent opinion. Remember people are much more likely to vocalize their anger than their satisfaction.

  • (5 years ago)

    The level of excellence and dedication that the teachers and principal display and practice on a daily basis is outstanding. Considering that they are working with less teachers and larger classes the quality has not changed.

  • (5 years ago)

    Awesome teachers and awesome families.

  • (5 years ago)

    great parent participation

  • (5 years ago)

    All teachers are so concerned about their students. They truly are what teachers used to be. This is how I remember the teachers years ago.

  • (5 years ago)

    Because it's a great enviroment for learn and have fun.

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