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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    B-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Monta Vista High School is a top rated, public school located in Cupertino, CA. It has 2,325 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 94% in reading.
Address
21840 McClellan Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
Telephone
(408) 366-7600
Website
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Monta Vista High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
94%
Percent Proficient - Math
90%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1430
773 responses
Average ACT
33
320 responses
AP Enrollment
48%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$153,449
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,829
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,372,800
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.34 responses
Poll
47%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.34 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 57 responses
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  • Homecoming
    32%
  • Rallies
    28%
  • What traditions?
    11%
  • Fundraiser
    9%
  • Homecoming
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • sports traditions: game nights, travel meets
    4%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,325
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.38 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.38 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.38 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$96,768
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.1%
42%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.55 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.55 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.55 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
$15,972/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.57 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.57 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.57 responses
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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.
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MVHS is exactly the opposite of the kind of school I would want my child to go to. This school lacks everything that makes high school a high school, and not simply just college. The students are so hardworking, but the entire atmosphere of this campus is dreary and sad. The students are hard on themselves, which makes sense being in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Parents involved in PTA are gossipy, rude and stuck in high school. The sports programs are almost all sub-par. This school lacks spirit and drive. On the other hand, it is academically great, but not at all because of the programs or teachers (send your kids to a private if that's what you want). Diversity is non-existent, with there being almost no Black, Hispanic, or N. American children.
The school has a reputation of producing very talented students, but this is largely the product of the students' efforts, not the teachers'. Most of the teachers lack proper training in the field they are teaching in, and many others fail to teach in class, expecting that students put in all the effort outside of class and still understand the concepts put on tests. That being said, the teachers who teach well (though relatively few) completely understand their subject and are extremely helpful. They support and challenge students in the best way possible, and spark further interest in their subjects.

One of the great things about Monta Vista is the diversity of clubs and sports. There are hundreds of clubs on campus, so you are sure to find something that fits your needs. The sports team members develop a really strong bond, and make a great support system outside of school.