Montgomery Elementary School is a public school serving students from Transitional Kindergarten through 6th grade in the Evergreen School District of San Jose, California.



School Mission Statement

We, the staff of John J. Montgomery School, are committed to the process of educating the whole child - academically, socially, physically, and emotionally. We value the individual and cultural differences that each child brings to our campus. All students have equal access to a rigorous curriculum with high expectations necessary for successful transition from one grade to the next. All students are responsible for their learning and behavior within a safe school community. All students have opportunities to develop both technical and critical thinking skills to make them productive participants in the global community.

School Vision Statement

Montgomery Elementary School is committed to empowering all students to be successful learners and valiant problem solvers. We provide a safe environment in which every child develops confidence and experiences success. We embrace our motto “Knowledge is Power” and believe in the ability of every child to become an inspired life-long learner.


Principal’s Message

Jaime Hammond

John J. Montgomery Elementary School was built in 1975. It is located in a community near the foothills in southeast San Jose. We take pride in the appearance of our school, and there is adequate classroom space for all students. Our students take responsibility for maintaining a clean school and safe environment. In 1995 and 2000, we were selected as one of the California Distinguished Schools. Again, we increased our Academic Performance Index (API) score and met the state growth target. We were eligible to receive funds through the Governor’s Performance Award Program. We are proud of the quality programs we offer and encourage students to be lifelong learners.

Mrs. Jaime Hammond
Principal, John J. Montgomery Elementary

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School Name

John J. Montgomery landing The Evergreen monoplane glider in October, 1911.

John J. Montgomery landing The Evergreen monoplane glider in October, 1911.

John J. Montgomery Elementary School in San Jose is named after John Joseph Montgomery (February 15, 1858 – October 31, 1911) an American inventor, physicist, engineer, and professor at Santa Clara College in Santa Clara, California. He is best known for his invention of controlled heavier-than-air flying machines. While testing a control system on a monoplane glider called The Evergreen, named after

the region where flight tests occurred on the hillsides east of San Jose, California, he encountered turbulence strong enough to cause his plane to stall. Montgomery died at the site due to his injuries in the resulting crash. This hillside, now known as Montgomery Hill, is located just behind Evergreen Valley College. Our school is one of five schools in the state named after this famous Californian.


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