The majority of Monta Vista is Asian (mainly Indian, Chinese, Korean), and so their parents tend to bring that stereotypical Asian culture to school. Obviously, it doesn't help that it's in Silicon Valley where nearly everyone is upper middle class and has some background in the high-paying and extremely competitive tech industry. It's almost impossible to avoid the competitive culture, but it pretty much never gets to the point where sabotage happens or friendships are lost. Most of the time students just complain about pressure together, and teachers are constantly reminding students that grades don't matter as much as their parents say they do. The school does a pretty good job of having stress-relieving days every now and then to make school more fun. Despite the fact that there's a white minority at school, there's not really a whole lot of race-based stereotyping, and 99% of the school is accepting of LGBTQ+ students (though sometimes you'll still hear slurs tossed around).