A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Mountain View High School is an elite, public school located in Mountain View, CA. It has 1,857 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 63% of students are at least proficient in math and 72% in reading.
Address
3535 Truman Ave.
Mountain View, CA 94040
Telephone
(650) 940-4600
Website

Mountain View High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
63%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1330
309 responses
Average ACT
30
144 responses
AP Enrollment
40%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    D+
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$109,249
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,912
National
$949
Median Home Value
$973,000
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
96%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 61 responses
Report
  • Dance Spectrum
    18%
  • Sports events
    16%
  • Rally's
    13%
  • Theatre events
    7%
  • Madrigals
    7%
  • Club Arena
    7%
  • Iwata
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,857
Free or Reduced Lunch
14%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.32 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.32 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.32 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$104,222
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.3%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$19,804/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.44 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.44 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.44 responses
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Overall, I have really enjoyed my time at Mountain View! There are definitely challenging classes, especially in the science department, but most of the teachers are very open to helping students outside of class time. There are a good number of advanced courses available, and lots of resources to help students.
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MVHS has some of the most diverse extracurricula opportunities I could possibly imagine. As for myself, I am part of Environmental Club, French Club, and Dance Spectrum. In each case, I have been able to connect with an amazing group of students who share my passions, yet who also bring different interests to the table. For instance, in Environmental Club, I found a girl who shares my interest in biomimicry and bio-inspired design. We were able to bond over our shared excitement for this field, and discuss its potential applications in sustainable technology.

The only thing preventing me from getting involved in other activities is limited time! There is truly an opportunity for every student and a way to accommodate every interest. Consider how many different bands are here: Marching Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Wind Ensemble... and that's only the bands!

If students feel that they cannot find a club or activity to support their interests, they are welcome to create a club at any time. Teachers are very supportive of new clubs, and often volunteer to host clubs inside their classrooms at lunch. Just this year we added Girls Who Code, Boardgame Club, and Gardening Club to join our extensive list of clubs.

One thing I really appreciate about MVHS is that there is equal emphasis placed on performing arts and sports as extracurriculars. I am not much into sports, yet I never feel like Dance Spectrum or the other performing arts are eclipsed by our sports events. Dance Spectrum always boasts a full house for all its shows!

Lastly, MVHS students are always willing and eager to extend their communities to other students. There is no better place to see this than at Club Arena, where excited club members pitch their projects to incoming freshmen and try to recruit new members. Above all, there is that sense of acceptance and passion that knits the MVHS community together yet still nurtures diversity within all extracurriculars.
Overall, Mountain View High School is a great school. Its academics are fantastic, the teachers push you to be your best, and your peers around you will help you through anything. There is a lot of stress because some of the brightest kids go to school here and they all want to get into their top colleges. The administration doesn't make an effort to listen to the kids and only does when they absolutely have to. Besides that, Mountain View High School is a fantastic school.