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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Monta Vista High School is a top rated, public school located in Cupertino, CA. It has 2,274 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 90% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.

Monta Vista High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
90%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1440
889 responses
Average ACT
33
381 responses
AP Enrollment
48%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$163,954
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$3,005
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,584,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
Poll
46%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 58 responses
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  • Homecoming
    31%
  • Rallies
    28%
  • What traditions?
    10%
  • Fundraiser
    9%
  • Homecoming
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • sports traditions: game nights, travel meets
    5%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,274
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.39 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.39 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.39 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$108,480
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.1%
43%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.56 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.56 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.56 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$18,582/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.58 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.58 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.58 responses
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Monta Vista High School Reviews

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Personally, I believe that MV is what you make of it. I agree with many of the other people reviewing this school that it's challenging, and that relationships among peers are strained by the pressure to exceed expectations. I also agree that there are teachers who are unqualified and uncooperative: some teachers stereotype their students as self-interested/solely grade-motivated people and feel the need to "put them in their place". On the other hand, I have also met teachers who want the best for their students and really put in effort to see their students grow. While there are negatives to Monta Vista, the toxicity of the environment is exaggerated by many, and it is continuously reinforced by people who put in zero effort to improve the environment or go against the grain: they simply give up and submit to the imaginary system.
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Monta Vista definitely cultivates a hard-working and talented student body, but not due to the quality of teachers or resources provided by the school. The students inflict almost-toxic peer pressure to work hard, driving many students to continue excelling in their studies, and the mediocre to feel inferior and unreceptive to improvement. The difficult courses coupled with unreasonable/unqualified teachers do not encourage learning and good study habits. I do not recommend this school-- it is not a healthy environment for teens to find themselves and develop as unique individuals apart from their numerical qualifications.
I would say the pressure put on these kids at this school is a little too much. This school is a good school to attend to. It does value education a lot and it does focus on getting you ready for college. This school is in a safe area. Nothing really happens here and the neighborhood is relatively quiet in the night. At MV, the food is gross. It is edible, but I would not recommend it. We have MV football games, but sports is not a really big thing at this school. Like I said, this is an academic based highschool.