School Details

Montemalaga Elementary School

1121 Via Nogales, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
(310) 378-5228
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 455 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

89%
88%
56%
94%
92%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
80%
46%
90%
91%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
90%
65%
90%
91%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
90%
60%
92%
91%
65%
88%
90%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Montemalaga Elementary School is a public elementary school in Palos Verdes Estates. The principal of Montemalaga Elementary School is Patricia Stewart. 455 students attend Montemalaga Elementary School and identify mostly as Unspecified, Multiracial, and Hispanic. 10% of the Montemalaga Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 0.8% of the 455 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Montemalaga Elementary School is 19:1. Cornerstone at Pedregal Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin

Sports

  • Baseball
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 7% 4%
Multiracial 7% %
Hispanic 7% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 49% 58%
Asian 35% 27%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Filipino 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 11821%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0.8% 1%
Limited English proficiency 10% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Very Pleased with this school. Parent community is very friendly. Children are appropriate and the office manager is best. If you want to know about a school check out the office manager's disposition. Once I spoke to her I knew this was the school for us.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a awsome school. - from a student who attended and graduated from Montemalaga as a 5th grader and loved it.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child started at Montemalaga in the fall and I LOVE this school great teachers great kids great admin and great community.

  • (4 years ago)

    My children just started at Montemalaga this year. We transferred from another local school. We absolutely love it! Every parent and all the kids were warm and welcoming. The PTA is excellent as well.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son came to this school as a forth grader in fall 2008. He loved this school instantly! The 4th grade teachers worked as a team and it turned out really great. Mrs.Tarango is the most loving and caring teacher I've ever seen. My son even got 100% in Math for his STAR test. I'm glad we came to Montemalaga school.

  • (5 years ago)

    From our first experience at this school we have been pleased. The principal is friendly and involved and sets a positive tone for the school. We believe our son has been prepared for middle school by having regular writing assignments as classwork and home work. The curriculum is well rounded and includes art during the school day even in 5th grade.

  • (5 years ago)

    Both of my sons attend Montemalaga. We have really enjoyed being part of this warm and friendly school. The PTA is very involved in working with the teachers and the principal to bring enriching and fun experiences to the students. There are many excellent teachers at this school who care about the progress of the students. Mrs. Stewart is a very approachable principal with a willingness to problem solve. One exciting thing happening at the school this year is that our new library is being built after 5 years of planning. It should be completed in the fall.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am very unhappy with the amount of 'teaching to the test' that has been taking place within this school. I felt that my child spent most of his time taking tests and practicing test taking skills. I found the science curriculum to be lacking. All projects and hands on experiments were given as homework for the parents to teach their children. Actually a lot of teaching takes place at home. There is a huge amount of homework every day which makes up for all the lost time in the classroom teaching test taking skills. You will also need to spend a lot of money on tutoring music art and athletic activities outside of school. Your child won't get this at Montemalaga.

  • (8 years ago)

    There is an excellent example of a public school.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have had two children at Montemalaga; the youngest is a 5th grader this year. Patti Stewart the principal is a hard-working professional who is approachable and responsive to all issues concerns and suggestions. She provides the leadership to a campus that is nurturing and friendly while also producing some of the highest test scores in the state. Mrs. Stewart is an educator above all else and instills that focus on her staff and teachers. The teachers work together as a team to provide a quality education to every student. After being at two other elementary school prior to Montemalaga our family could not have asked for more from our elementary school experience.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have had very positive responses to concerns I have shared with teachers and administrators. The principal was directly involved in resolving a bullying problem that the school staff reported. I was very pleased with the 'teaching' approach the principal used with the bullying students and their targets.

  • (11 years ago)

    My child went to Montemalaga elementary school for two years. During that time our child had two hours of homework mon thru fri. The teachers do not have a whole lot of experience either (Parents beware! You'll be doing most of the teaching at night with homework) Parents should be commended for their involvement dedication and hard work. However it seems the staff will go to great lengths to brag and compliment themselves for things they have not earned yet! Instead they should be counting their blessings for having such awesome parents. Without that the school spirit would not survive! Also when you have a bullying problem and you go to the principal (after several mo.'s of bullying)instead of help ideas suggestions she will tell you that all children make fun! Parents will have to take off work to make sure their kid isn't being harrassed. At lunch we noticed they are short on staff only two aides to watch kids for upper and lower grounds (Kids you're on your own!)

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