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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Mar Vista Senior High School is an above average, public school located in Imperial Beach, CA. It has 1,656 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 17% of students are at least proficient in math and 48% in reading.
Address
505 Elm Ave.
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Telephone
(619) 628-5700

Mar Vista Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
48%
Percent Proficient - Math
17%
Average Graduation Rate
83%
Average SAT
1100
115 responses
Average ACT
24
27 responses
AP Enrollment
33%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    D+
  4. Good for Families
    C+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$48,010
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,255
National
$949
Median Home Value
$380,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
64%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 113 responses
Report
  • The 'Bell Game' against our rivals Southwest.
    20%
  • The Aloha Dance, assemblies, and sports events
    17%
  • Homecoming game at mvhs
    15%
  • Gradnite at Disneyland
    13%
  • Prom
    12%
  • Homecoming Dance
    11%
  • Spirit Weeks
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,656
Free or Reduced Lunch
65%
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.33 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.33 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.33 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$87,408
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.6%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,445/ year
National
$12,239
69%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.42 responses
26%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.42 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.42 responses
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Mar Vista Senior High School Reviews

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Mar Vista Senior High School has been in Imperial Beach for generations after generations! With its vast diversity, many are able to easily socialize and make a wide range of friends and groups. Everyone here has a rather laid-back attitude to them, so if we ever have any new students or exchange students, everyone is welcome. Same goes for the teachers, who are encouraging and extremely helpful with the needs of the students, and manage to remain friendly and likable to have. Though we have a bad reputation, it still remains a engaging and proactive school for many to enjoy their remaining 4 years at.
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Mar Vista is definitely a beach community but is also very diverse. It’s small and welcoming, i love my school, staff, and the students. I’m involved in AVID which is a college readiness program and it is by far the best class i’ve taken, it has helped me so much. I took this class throughout my four years of high school and will highly recommend it to everyone ! The Mar Vista staff is also extremely helpful and keeps the students their number one priority. I am also involved in the softball program, a 4 year varsity starter. We have a strong team and we’re getting recognized for it. As well as our football team, they just won league. Our waterpolo team, which is a pretty known program because we won CIF. Mar Vista isn’t big and doesn’t get the recognition is deserves but i know how grateful i am to be graduating from Mar Vista. Once a mariner, always a mariner..
Mar vista is an absolutely terrible place with very few good things. The school is run down and old, the water fountain pipes are rusted leaving the water tasting horrible, and the administration thinks that simply adding a new coat of paint to the school or having the kids participate in school activities will fix the problems that lie within the school’s foundation. Despite all of this issues within the school there is good there, there are volunteers and people there that remember the time when our school used to be the best in the area and they work hard to improve it, not only by putting their time and money into the school but also by putting their very soul into it. In conclusion although Mar Vista isn't what it used to be, what it lacks in aesthetics and resources it makes up in spirit and our collective desire for a better future.