MONTEREY HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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1624 VIA DEL REY
SOUTH PASADENA, CA 91030
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Phone: 626-441-5860
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: South Pasadena Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 20:1
  • Students/Grade: 98.3
  • Number Students: 590
  • Number Teachers: 30
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5397
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Dr Laurie Narro
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (23 ratings)
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    School Reviews (19 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-26
    "My daughter will be entering 4th grade in the fall. In her years at MHS (she started in kinder), she has been blissfully happy--she is always sad to see the year end. She loves her teachers and feels very much a part of the school. I do think, at times, the homework load is a bit much and not all that helpful to students long-term. This is a very minor complaint, though, and I think partially influenced by parents who think their kids should have lots of homework. In addition to caring, professional teachers, my daughter has had great experiences with other staff--the computer teacher, librarian, custodians, and others. The PTA is VERY involved and gives ample opportunity for parents to participate, and they've also had some parent-education-type meetings. Finally, the location in the hills and with some trees does make us seem further away from the noise."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-29
    "We are new to this school and our experience with the teachers have been great. However, the principal needs improvement. Dr. Navarro is not personable. She is also not interested in improving our school in terms of technology. There are No smart boards in this school whatsoever, anywhere. Unfortunately, we miss that back in our previous school. There are a countless number of public schools within 15miles of South Pasadena that have already been granted smart boards in there classrooms for over two years now, I don't see how this district hasn't done this yet? .Are we working on this? Are there any plans to use SPEF funds to get with the program on Smart Boards for the classrooms? There's always room for improvement. I get that we get "10" but we lack in different areas too. Parents are the true leaders in this school I say Bravo to you."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-30
    "Awful administration. This is not a good school. Teachers and staff are rude. Worst school"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-03
    "The school is great, but I agree with the review below. The afterschool program needs to be addressed. the staff in unprofessional, lucking of proper education."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-02-07
    "My two children attend Monterey Hills and are, for the most part, pretty happy. I do however, have two complaints about this school. The first issue for me are some of the Kindergarten teachers. I have personally witnessed a couple of them being rather harsh with the students in their care. The manner in which I have seen and heard them speak to the students is pretty mean-spirited and they just don't convey happiness. I don't know why that is. They seem unhappy and/or overwhelmed at times and it's pretty obvious that perhaps they do not enjoy their job as much as you would hope. Also, the office personnel are not very friendly or particularly helpful. They just don't go that extra step to be helpful in a nice way. I plan on speaking with the Principal of the school soon so bring my observances to her attention."
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