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Cupertino, CA
Students enrolled: 2,513

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21840 Mcclellan Road
Cupertino, CA 95014

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November 15, 2014
beware of the post below - he states that he takes ap classes and gets straight a's. you are not allowed to take ap classes as a freshmen at MV-no matter how brilliant you are. as a matter of fact the only ap class you can take before junior yr is comp sci which you can take as a soph. not sure which Monta Vista high this student is talking about but it is not the one in cupertino. you may want to remove the post as it is bogus. also there are a far amount of drugs at the school.

- submitted by a community member
July 26, 2014
MATADOR PRIDE!!!! People outside MV think that MV is a "cookie cutter" school that only produces doctors and engineers and believes people with less than all A's are failures. THIS IS NOT TRUE! MV is the best school ever! As an incoming sophomore with straight A's taking AP classes, I've never felt stressed or depressed. For those people who can't handle high standards, I suggest them go to Fremont High. People may think we're nerds, but we're going to be the ones that will be successful in real life. I do agree that some teachers are harder than others but if you try hard enough, you will get all A's. I totally agree with the other student saying that at least we go to college. The sports programs are excellent and most of the jocks are also nerds. :) There is no gangster activity, drugs, or alcohol here! Freshman year was great, and I hope that sophomore year will be the same. People who say that us Mats overrate grades, GPA's, and extracurriculars way too much are people who will not get into a good college in the future. I love this school and would not trade going to this school for anything! PREPARE TO BE BULLDOZED!!!!!

- submitted by a student
July 01, 2014
Beware of the chemistry honors department. They do not teach anything, but put unreasonable questions that were not in the textbook on the tests. In addition, your GPA at Monta Vista will depend solely on which teachers you have. Some teachers are unreasonably easy, and give automatic A's, while some make sure they give none at all.

- submitted by a student
January 20, 2014
Outstanding high school that outperforms virtually all open registration schools in California year in and year out.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
I have son who is a junior a MVHS. He is doing well, but the amount of stress and lack of social life (due to kids doing only homework) concerns me. I will not be sending my younger children to school there as the kill and drill/memorization focus and the focus on "being stupid if you re white" or "Stupid if you don't have a 4.5 and 2300s on your SATs" is just old and does not foster the type of education I wish my children to receive. While some of the teachers are amazing, an equal number are unprepared, don't teach or just plan mediocre. If you want your child to get great test scores and be able to spit back facts, then MVHS is a good fit. If your child is creative, likes to think outside of the box or does not work well just memorizing facts, then look elsewhere. In addition, while my son has great friends, there is a culture of underlying racism and exclusions by some of the kids. BTW, I don't think this stems from the kids, but from their parents. Class choice is very limited given the size of the school and there is no individual attention. If your student cannot advocate for themselves, no one will do it for them. There are just too many kids here for that.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2013
This school is over hype. Many families can afford private one on one tutoring for their high school students. This school is not responsible for their steller students. The students along with good parents are responsible at 80%. The staff really have nothing to do with it . Too bad these high schools in the local area got good ratings and the property value are getting way too high. . It has nothing to do with the schools, but the type of students that move into the area. This school cannot turn around those students that are incline to learn. I want the truth to be told. Most of the Asians in this school are Chinese, korea, Japanese, but Chinese being the higher percentage due to population size. The other large group of Asians are South Asians which are Indians. And about 10% of these students here are just born smart.

- submitted by a student
February 09, 2013
Monta Vista High is one of the top schools in the nation, ranked as among the top on usnews website. I wasn't so sure what to expect when i entered as a freshman, but after four years, it's amazing to see how much ive grown as an individual. ppl here are very respectful and open and willing to work with you, and the teachers are also willing to help you if you ask them for it. academically, it can get a little stressful, but when i asked former monta vista alums about it, they said that mv really helped prepare them for college. everyone here has something special about them, so it's hard to stand out but it also makes for an interesting campus. it is possible to take hard classes, have extracurriculars, and enjoy high school life - football games, dances, prom - i know a lot of ppl who do all of those things. all the departments are well-organized, so you'll be kept busy all four years, with ppl to meet wherever you look. there are a lot of clubs on campus - something i didn't realize until junior year, so you can always find friends who have the same interests as you. bullying/drugs/sex/violence/racism is NOT a problem at this school at all - never seen any of that here.

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2012
I will try to be as objective as possible in this review for potential. I'm a freshman student and I really enjoy my time at Monta Vista. It's a challenging school, there's no doubt about that, and if your child is not getting As or better in most of their subjects, Monta Vista is not the school for them. Of course, it's not really all about intelligence though. To really excel here, your child needs to be dedicated or hard-working. If you aren't prepared to put in the effort, there's absolutely no point sending your child here. The teachers are very dedicated, nearly every single one has an afterschool club or lunchtime club, dedicated to helping students understand everything; which is definitely necessary, I spend nearly 3-4 hours on homework every day, excluding the extra-curricular clubs I do. I will say this, allegations of racism and bullying is really not true. Everybody here is so open and so friendly with everyone, simply because they haven't got the time to waste on making someones life difficult. They're much more likely to be studying!' However, with around 600 students in every year, the campus is loud and noisy, and it can be difficult to get the personal touch.

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2012
Monta vista kids/families spent too much time talking about how bad other schools are.....every Monta Vista student (does not matter if they are A or a D student)have this one thing in common......send your child to a private school where your child will learn to respect people if you are not happy with your school but NOT Monta vista....

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
Reading these reviews are shocking, I never felt miserable and stressed. I took my share of AP and honor classes, took math+science each year. I had time for music, dance, reading and volunteering. Stress was occasional, usually around finals week. I had fun with friends outside of school. It's academically rigorous, but not too so. Obviously if you're a failure who can't handle the pressures of learning, you're better off going to Fremont or Cupertino High. I didn't see any racism, maybe those crying foul mistook contempt from their peers for not trying harder as racism. I got into UCLA, majoring in Anthropology/Archaeology. Doing museum and field work over the summer. So much for a high school that only churns out doctors and engineers. It was my Humanities teacher who inspired me to go into the humanities instead of science too. Parents, if your child is bright enough, send them to MV. High school isn't forever, focus on the future. I was well prepared for college, courses were a breeze thanks to MV. The only thing I was unprepared for was the widespread drinking, drugs and sex on campus. But that just reinforces how disciplined and secure the environment at MV is.

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2011
This is a continue of my last post: (i am new to monta vista and last attended cupertino high) I feel that this school is to focused in books and lacks a lot of knowlege to become someone like a lawyer, president, ceo, arts, actor, a lot of fields in science, real estate, business, doctors and these type of professions require more then getting A's high schools. an many more but this school does help one become a engineer, computer science, physics major. Away from education The schools enviroment is horrible! Sure there is no problems like drugs, bulling or violence, but one should understand that these problems do happen in real life and that hiding children from these issues are not going to help them bring up their full potential because in the future one may run into these issues. In this school I have made no friensds because lot d the students here are way to worries about their grades and many are not fun to talk with. Friends I have made are new students that just entered monta vista and they agree too about the enviroment. Personaly I like the enviromen better because I found nice people who share the same hobby as me and are dedicated, but this may not happen to others

- submitted by a student
March 13, 2011
There is something known as "White Flight" going on in this school, as in caucasian families leaving because of the overwhelming amount of asian families and the pressure culturally that asians put on their children. Being asian myself, all i can say is this school is not a good place for teenagers that are not academically inclined. I always felt stupid going to the school and had a terrible time in math classes as people would scoff at my literal failing of math tests. I've retained absolutely nothing from Monta Vista, and now go to an art college because i'm a failure at every other subject.

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2011
I go to Monta Vista and I LOVE IT. Sure, say that we're all nerds, you're stereotyping us because you don't go to our school. Although mostly everyone here strives to do well academically, we do know how to have "fun." Academics are a great reason to go to Monta Vista though, my teachers work really hard to help, and though some classes are challenging you learn a lot. You can go to any teacher for help and they will go out of their way to make sure you do the best you can. There is pressure, but in my opinion that just pushes you to succeed. You choose who you hang out with, so don't make competitive friends. We have a lot of BULL SPIRIT *and* we're going to college. Monta Vista is worth it.

- submitted by a student
January 29, 2011
This school has fantastic school spirit, and a nice environment, but all the students are incredibly bigoted and convinced that MV is better than any other school because of their high API score, which is incredibly closed-minded. Also, their drama department is terrible because they learn out a textbook and spend more time reading then they do acting and expressing themselves.

- submitted by a community member
January 25, 2011
Academically challenging. I know it is tough, but consider it tough love. Some of the kids may not like it right now, but when they grow up, they will thank their high school for teaching them how to make it in real life.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
Having had 3 children pass through Monta Vista all doing very well scholastically, I must say none of them enjoyed the high school experience. All complained of Liberal teachers blatantly pushing their Political views no matter what the subject. Principal leadership is extremely weak, allowing student protests (taping mouths shut and not speaking) for Gay Rights? while suspending kids for being kids. Found the boys athletic department extremely weak especially the coaching.I That being said 2 have gone on to do quite well in college.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
With one child attending Monta Vista, I must say how much it reminds me (for better and worse) of the elite private high school I attended only safer, more flexible and with more resources as befits its large student body. Really, that s the only real comparison that can be made Competitive Top Class College Prep, with all the upsides (and yes, downsides) that go along with that. Given the difficulty of getting a child enrolled in MVHS and the price premium of living in this section of Cupertino, can there honestly be any parents who accidentally discovered that their scholastically average, hoping-to-squeeze-by-on-athletics student wasn t a good fit? It s time to get real. And as to the students' No. Cal politics, (not that this stands out in particular) with a lifetime ahead to become cynical and conservative, may their optimism reign for as long as it can.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
It's a physically safe place with a fair amount of great teachers, but the crux of MVHS is this: It's a four year marathon of work, grades and work. Everyone around you is motivated, which is wonderful in its own way, but the problem is that it's difficult to feel accomplished among peers that succeed so often. What good is being better than the national and state average if 'excellence' is the school's norm? It's remarkably easy to feel overwhelmed and inferior in that environment. Of course, you can say that school is for learning and a little stress is expected from all students; it helps prepare them for the 'real world.' You could say, 'You only have one childhood, so why not spend it preparing for the future?' It's a dog eat dog world. I just hope there's still something left of us kids at the end of the

- submitted by a student
no rating April 05, 2010
Monta Vista is the definition of academic pressure. Prepare to self study and compete a lot. Everyone is a nerd, even the jocks. On the other hand, the only gang fights are between FBLA and DECA.

- submitted by a student
December 23, 2009
A lot of people say this is a great school...but I've been in this school for just two years and I'm sick of it. The stress level is so high here and the true effort that is put into learning is not valued. A small percentage of the staff is actually passionate about what they teach and supportive and encouraging of their students. There are very limited options in terms of AP/Honors courses, and if you take them, for many of them, there is a lot of self-studying. Students value the grade more than learning, and it's not their fault....that's what they've been forced to view school. At MV, teachers always say just do your best, but a lot of them don't value the true effort that a student is putting in and they do not reciprocate that by helping them.

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October 29, 2008
I go to this school. It's a very competitive school with a good atmosphere for learning. Fights break out close to never. I have never witnessed a fight in Monta Vista in my life!

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no rating October 01, 2008
I am a parent who does not see anything that might give my child in this school except numbers ( grades ), stress and anxiety. The AP classes that she wanted to take were not available. The classes are taught by the teachers lacking inspiration. Grades are good, but the school is not inviting and welcoming. Oh, and the ethnic groups tend to create cliques and known to cause additional unwelcoming feeling For just a student who wants to enjoy her high school years, study, and explore future possibilities this school is not a best choice because classes are there but educational advisors support is not. If we had another choice we probably would reconsider to attend another school but we live very close to MV and this convenience is too good to change anything I am a parent with a daughter in 11th grade.

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September 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 23, 2008
This is the High school my sons go to and the Counselors are great,so is the staffand the classes are excellant.My oldest son is getting great grades,as far as my 11th grader ,he just needs to learn organizational skills and become more motivated. It really is a great school,they have a learning skills class that I reccomend,amongst others(like Slvan classes you don't have to pay for,hope this helps its in Cupertino,California.bfn Cheryl

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August 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
Although MV has a reputation for it's accelerated education, I truly can say that it's classes are like any other schools. Some teachers are great, but others are not. Often resulting in students having to study on their own, in order to get a sufficient amount of knowledge. The students at this school believe that they are superior to others from different schools. This of course only adds unnecessary stress to their fellow classmates who are there just to get the most out of high school, not to brag and boast about a victory against another school in a competition of any kind. The lack of people who aren't quite as intelligent deprives MV students from the experience of having to help someone else out. It also is he reason for the higher acedemic marks. Therefore, this school isn't any more incredible than many other high schools in the area.

- submitted by a student
February 26, 2008
As a former student, I'd have to say MV is a great school with a large number of class offerings. I've taken both regular and honor/AP classes and if I could redo my classes, I'd skip the regular and go straight honor/AP classes. Some of the teachers there are truly wonderful. At MV, you're given the opportunity to think critically, to discuss openly and to speak publicly. There were a good amount of lab work in science classes, a lot of skits and creative opportunities in language classes and not much of lessons in life (chillin' with friends, alcohol, sex, violence, drugs, socializing, partying, relationships). But that's okay. We get our dose of reality in college. It takes a while to adjust but most of us do. Work itself is always dreaded but without work, how do we get anywhere as adults?

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December 25, 2007
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September 26, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 20, 2007
Just like any school, doing all the homework and work translates into a good grade. The stress factor is mostly put on by parents and not the school itself. Yes it is competitive, but it is a healthy competitiveness. There are a range of classes all of which are very good. If school stress is a major factor, then simply take less AP and honors classes. Most of the regular classes aren't too difficult. Know the difference between school actually being tough and your student simply slacking off. I'm a senior with average grades, but I know that if I studied as hard as I could have, I could've done much better. The college opportunities at the end of high school will be extremely rewarding.

- submitted by a student
October 19, 2006
its a tough school, yes. but some of the teachers are very dedicated. how ever, i wouldn't recommend sending your kids here if they are not excellent at school. how ever, the extra circular activities are great with good interest in art sports and band. (being in both art and band last year) and there are no sex, drug, violence, at this school. how ever there are a lot of Indian, Asian, and whites at MV. I've known this from personal experience, being a senior here. this school is great if you want your child prepared for collage and life.

- submitted by a student
August 06, 2006
The majority of teachers here are heavily underqualified, yet the students face massive parental pressure at home to do well and attend top colleges. This is very difficult, causing tension and competitiveness in the atmosphere. Yet each year this school sends 40+ of its students to UC Berkeley alone. The programs and extra curriculars are present, and the choirs sound great. However, other than Girls JV and Varsity Tennis, the sports are less than mediocre. Parent involvement is at a good level, just where it needs to be. Though many teachers are inadequate, a few really do shine. And that is why it is good we have schedule change oppportunities. I am a sophomore, and have had to change 6 out of 7 of my teachers because of their inferior skills. All in all, high test scores are not everything. This is all MV has to offer. An actual student wrote this.

- submitted by a student
August 06, 2006
As an alumni of the school, I have to say that MV is awesome. I'll admit that some of the teacher aren't too great, but the good ones (and there are some in every major department) are absolutely amazing. Extracirriculars are excellent, ranging from sports, to service clubs, and some very cool stuff like robotics. True, MV can be a pretty competitive and academically-centered environment, but to all those who complain about the awful pressures that are put on them by MV, I will tell you that through my experience as a UC student... you ain't seen anything yet. If you want to be prepared for college, MV makes an excellent training grounds. Like the universities, MV helps the kids who do their best to help themselves. And if you try to get the most out of MV, it's a spectacular experience indeed, and you'll be well rewarded.

- submitted by a former student
June 04, 2006
Monta Vista continues to be an academically competitive school but as the years have passed it seems to be less of a well rounded school. The school has cut back on some great elective courses that could, I feel, eleviate the stress of the core classes.

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May 24, 2006
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- submitted by a student
May 07, 2006
its great - good culture and competitive atmosphere

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
Serious college prep. Excellent ciriculum. Strong asian presence.

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April 23, 2006
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April 04, 2006
Despite being one of the schools in the area with the highest test scores, this school has one of the worst faculty. This is particularly crucial for collegebound juniors and seniors who need guidance in applying for college. With the exception of the strong science department, most departments are mediocre at best. Extracurricular wise Monta Vista has most programs one might expect, but devote neither the funds or manpower to see them grow. In short, students are expected to excel at this school with minimum school support. I think being a small fish in this pond is definitely inferior to being a big fish at a 'lesser' school.

- submitted by a former student
March 31, 2006
Great college advising program - brown bag lunches where top colleges come to MVHS to recruit. Excellent show choirs. Diverse, intelligent student body.

- submitted by a former student
February 22, 2006
Monta vista's ratings are very high, but I wouldn't reccomend sending your kids here. I am a student at mv, and I cannot tell you how much stress we suffer. The students here aren't well rounded, all they focus on is academics. There is a high level of racism and depression, both of which aren't adequately addressed. The atmosphere here at mv is simply unhealthy and unacceptable. The teachers have little to no sympathy for the students, and neither does the staff. Students are overworked way past their limits. Monta vista is a school that has been developed to fit the profile of a certain type of student, and if you arent that student, success at monta vista is nearly unattainable.

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- submitted by a former student
September 17, 2005
Monta Vista has high ratings, but the quality of the school is really not that great. The environment is very competitive, and if you like that-it's good. But class sizes are just so huge and students don't get the kind of attention they need. It's a big school and the children don't know eachother. Its very cliquey.

- submitted by a student
September 17, 2005
It's not a very good school. Lot's of smart kids and not very good classes-there are way too many students.

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September 15, 2005
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September 15, 2005
Monta Vista is a very competitive school, which is why it is one of the best in the State and is in the top 100 in the US. MV is very focused in math and science. There are alot of activities and clubs that students can join in the school that will enrich their minds.

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August 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2005
This school focuses on math and science, and there are many options for kids interested in these fields, especially if they excel. Literature and history are definite weak points. This is a top rated school with parents who push, kids who are pressured, and few teachers who are good at teaching to the motivated, but few understanding and teaching to the IEP or 504 student. Some teachers have thorough and helpful websites, but the Lit Dept is not so inclined. Although they say they want parent involvement, it seems to me they want you helping, but don't want you asking for help.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2005
Monta Vista...making all other schools obsolete.

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July 06, 2005
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July 03, 2005
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June 16, 2005
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June 13, 2005
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June 09, 2005
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- submitted by a student
March 07, 2005
It's the kids at the school that make the API index high--not the instruction or teachers. The over burden students have no time to enjoy high school.

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no rating March 05, 2005
Good AP course offerings, emphasis on grades a bit extreme.

- submitted by a student
January 09, 2005
The business law and econ class had me prepared to start and run my own successful business at graduation while I put myself through college and then university.

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December 21, 2004
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December 01, 2004
It's a very academically competitive school. Every senior is taking 6 AP classes. Many went to top UC schools but very few end up in ivies.

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no rating October 10, 2004
A very academically challenging school, where they put too much pressure on the students to do well. The students themselves however, are very hardworking and are great. Not a bad school.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
My daughter who just joined 9th grade loves this school very much. However, there is too much of peer pressure in this school.Though teaching quality is comparatively good I would not say it is great. There is too much of parent involvement as well. I have not seen any programs for discipline. Since some of these drawbacks are common in most of the schools, I would stongly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
MV is very competitive, at least academically. There is a lot of pressure to do well in school and get good grades. The selection of courses include many Honors and Advanced Placement classes. The ASB is great, as are all the class cabinets. There is a wide range of clubs available to students, including CSF, French (Spanish, Japanese) Honors Society, speech and debate, yearbook, and many special-interests clubs such as Film Club, Anime Club, etc. Oftentimes, teachers who teach the same course go about it differently, so some students learn less than others and are less prepared for the next year's class. Most of our sports teams are quite competitive. We have a new gym and are getting ready for a new pool, but our football teams have to play games at Cupertino High. We don't have many violence and substance abuse issues. They happen, but not very badly.

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September 24, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2004
Monta Vista High School is one of the most academically adept schools in the state. It consistently graduates around 98% of its students who go on to a higher insitution of learning.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2004
Excellent school. I am happy that my son is studying in that school. Excellent teachers, great students, best courses, excellent overall development, Very good Maths,Spanish,English, Java, Art, Science and excellnt PE Teachers. Great office, smiling office staff who greets parents with love and affection. Surpasses and beats private schools in terms of resources, teaching, students, courses offered and extra curricular activities. Very peaceful and happy school for the child to study and excel in carrer and also be successful in their lives. I am very proud of the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2004
As a MV alum, I have to agree with all the other parent reviews. This school is completely focused on getting the students into college. You start out already under tremendous pressure, and the atmosphere doesn't help. Students who get 1500s on their SATs still feel compelled to retake them. There is little school spirit; team sports like football and basketball fall by the wayside to individual competitions, such as tennis and cross-country. Many students participate in activities simply to write it in their applications. sSme students grow up believing their self-worth is defined by their academic success, a self-defeating mentality that undermines everything adolescent growth should be. However, the teaching staff is definitely excellent, and most teachers genuinely care about the students. The curricula is intellectually stimulating, and if the students can see past the 'pressures' on the surface, they will be among the most successful and healthy college students.

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May 04, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
My impression is that the pressure here is about the same as at other California High Schools with the same socioeconomic mix. There is too much pressure all around in High School!

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April 09, 2004
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February 17, 2004
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- submitted by a student
January 24, 2004
monta vista is a great school if your main wish is for your child to succeed in college. academically speaking, MV is one of the top. however, your child will not acquire the necessary people skills needed to be successful in many careers.

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January 24, 2004
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- submitted by a student
August 26, 2003
This school is full of overly-competitive students, pushed by their parents. Most kids out of Monta Vista will succeed well in college but would have made very little true friends (which is what really should matter in high school). The teachers push the students hard but care little about them but the students will definitely come out better prepared than at most other schools.

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Monta Vista High School
21840 Mcclellan Road, Cupertino, CA  95014
(408) 366-7600
Last modified Monta Vista High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Monta Vista High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 90 reviews. Top