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-
Address
3535 Truman Ave.
Mountain View, CA 94040
Telephone
(650) 940-4600
Website

Mountain View High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
65%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1320
249 responses
Average ACT
30
122 responses
AP Enrollment
40%

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
1,836
Free or Reduced Lunch
17%
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
19:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
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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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.
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Just like at any school, the teachers and their instruction styles differ, and always will. In my time at MVHS, the event that stands out the most in my memory is a town hall-style meeting that was called with the school board to discuss a controversial article written in The Oracle, MVHS's student newspaper.

The very small article in question was written by one of my good friends, who has since continued to engage the public in difficult but important conversations. In the Valentine's Day edition of The Oracle, my friend wrote a short piece about the myths of sex, the importance of birth control, and where to find it.

A small handful of parents were outraged by the article and called for the student-run newspaper to be dismantled. At the meeting with the school board, which was held in MVHS's theater, a large number of students and parents came out to defend the article in question and support the newspaper. I remember one parent dedicating her allotted 2 minutes of speaking time to simply applauding the students who worked long hours to put out The Oracle regularly.

Nothing much came of this meeting, but for me the whole event sums up what was important to me about Mountain View High School: brave students, supportive peers and students, and the willingness of the administration and school board to handle the issue in a constructive way. My younger brother is coming up on his senior year at MVHS, and I know the student body is still comfortable voicing their concerns and engaging their peers and the administration in issues that they find important.
Mountain View is a great school with amazing teachers and staff. As a senior, I feel I am prepared for college and the next chapter of my life. The resources available for the students are phenomenal. The tutorial center, for example, a place where you can go for help for any of your classes. Tutors range from fellow students to retired individuals. Also, there is a great sense of school spirit. Football games and basketballs are always a blast as hundreds of students come to cheer on our team.