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No Excuses U


Monte Vista Elementary

Every Monte Vista student will achieve academic proficiency, as well as, develop exceptional character and leadership skills which will prepare them for college, career and life.


No Excuses U

No Excuses University

We are thrilled to be a member of the No Excuses University Network. To earn membership into this prestigious network of “like-minded” schools, our staff, students and parents completed an extensive online application focused on the “Six Exceptional Systems” based on the No Excuses University model. Monte Vista now is part of a growing No Excuses Network of Schools across the country.  

Monte Vista Elementary staff, students and parents transformed our school community by implementing a No Excuses philosophy and a culture of college readiness.  Students in grades preschool through fifth grade participate in college related activities. Vista Unified strives to be the model of educational excellence and innovation and Monte Vista wants to be the model of educational excellence and innovation for the No Excuses Network of of schools.

In 2004, Damen Lopez founded the No Excuses University Network of Schools in San Diego, California. This endeavor helps to build a bridge for all students to attend college as it begins promoting a comprehensive college readiness model starting in pre-kindergarten. We believe all children deserve the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college if they so choose to attend. We believe all children can be academically successful and we believe we have the POWER to make this dream a reality.  


Statics show that children from many households have low expectations for attending higher education. Monte Vista Elementary School is taking the challenge to change that predisposition.

No Excuses University believes that every child deserves the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college. When schools exhibit a culture of universal achievement by believing in students, they collaborate around that belief. During collaboration, they align their standards as a team.  As teams align standards, they need to assess the standards and manage the data.  Then, and only then, can they pursue meaningful interventions with their students.

Universities at Monte Vista

Class of 2036:  Preschool
Room K-2:  Pepperdine University
Class of 2035:  Transitional Kinder
Room K-1:  University of California Berkeley
Class of 2034:  Kindergarten
Room 305:  United States Naval Academy
Room 205:  Tufts University
Room 206:  Georgetown University
Room 306:  University of Southern California
Class of 2033:  First Grade
Room 201:  California State University Monterey Bay
Room 101:  University of California Davis
Room 102:  University of California Santa Cruz
Room 202:  Ohio State University
Class of 2032:  Second Grade
Room 204:  Arizona State University
Room 104:  University of Oregon
Room 106:  College of the Ozarks
Room103:  Ashford University
Class of 2031:  Third Grade
Room 207:  Texas A & M
Room 208:  University of California San Diego
Room 209:  University of California Santa Barbara
Room 108:  Brigham Young University, Provo
Class of 2030:  Fourth Grade
Room 404:  Hendrix College
Room 407:  California State University Long Beach
Room 408
Class of 2029:  Fifth Grade
Room 405:  University of California Los Angeles
Room 406:  Cornell University
Room 409:  Whitman College
Office:  California State University San Marcos
Cafeteria:  Culinary Institute of America
Library - San Diego State University
Room 207:  University of California Irvine
Room 311:  Western Washington University
Room 401:  University of Hawaii
Room 403:  California State University Fresno
Psychologist:  University of Alabama
Room 203:  Point Loma Nazarene University
Room 402:  Eastern MIchigan University
Room 305:  Montana State University
Nurse:  Auburn University


Student Code of Conduct

1. I will earn the trust of peers and adults by making good decisions.

2. I will respect myself, others, and the school.

3.. I will be a responsible learner.

4. I will be fair.

5. I will care about myself and others.

6. I will be a good citizen.

Our No Excuses University Video