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9-12
Public district
Danville, CA
Students enrolled: 2,158
 

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3131 Stone Valley Road
Danville, CA 94526

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(925) 552-5530
(925) 743-1744
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May 15, 2015
I graduated from MV back in 2012. I had moved from Oakland to Danville in 2009 and started my freshman year at MV. I felt a lot of resentment by teachers and by students when they discovered that I had grown up in Oakland and I was the bud of a lot of Latin jokes. My sophomore year was not much better. My English teacher could not get over the fact that I a Latina who grew up in Oakland was living in Danville and going to Monte Vista. In my Geometry class the discussion of religion came up and the teacher was an atheist. I was raised Christian but I never have a problem with anyone. I never have been or will be one of the people who beat you over the head with the Bible. But when she found out that I believed in God she started making my life in class difficult. I was always trying to please her and get the extra help but she was never helpful. I also had difficulty with a couple of students that were very discriminatory of me. I went to speak with my Counselor but to no avail. She did not help with the situation. I ended up transferring out of Monte Vista for the rest of my Sophomore and Junior year. I ended up returning tho my Senior year. That year ended fine.

- submitted by a student

January 12, 2015
The overall environment was not welcoming and much too lenient in my years. Bullying was an issue; I had a hard time feeling comfortable at school. I have heard and have had some teachers making rather distasteful, racist jokes on campus. I also recall being in class and hearing students explicitly harassing other students based on their sexuality, race, religion, financial status, handicap(s), gender, etc., while teachers did little or nothing to make them stop. My counselor actually told me people here act this way because they are, in her words, "conservative." Smoking was also a HUGE issue, and I am surprised on how loosely controlled the students are-- I can't remember how many false fire alarms have went off while I was in class (even when I was taking a test.) Although I did enjoy the new student center in my final year, I do wish that this school invested on buying new books for the library (so I wouldn't need to carry around a book from 2001 that was clearly falling apart), rather than spending that donation money on installing hi-tech remote-controlled curtains in the center. Lastly, I found that I spent a great deal of my time doing busy work or watching movies in class.

- submitted by a student

July 28, 2014
Sign up for the right classes (AP, Honors) and you will get an education that surpasses the education of other public schools. The school is full of wealthy students, which gives it a snobby appearance, but a lot of them are really compassionate. Some teachers aren't great, but they all have something to offer if you look for it. I recommend staying in touch with your favorite teachers after graduation. They're all friends here, and they all would love for you to visit after graduation. I'm glad to be attending a wonderful college after graduating with High Honors and receiving a merit scholarship. Take advantage of what you can because this school will definitely prepare you for the future. On the other hand, the drug culture is real, and as long as you're educated about, you should be fine. People do offer drugs here, but if you say "no", they'll respect that. This isn't an "innocent" school in terms of drugs and sex, but that's modern culture for you. The atmosphere is quite conservative when it comes to politics, but the majority of the campus is accepting of minorities, including LGBTQ.

- submitted by a student

March 25, 2014
Not what it used to be! What a great disappointment this school is now. The aesthetically impressive exterior campus only distracts the public from the monotony that resides within the classrooms. Monte Vista lacks the academic rigor it boasts and employs teachers who deviate from the state approved curriculum and who regularly use profanity in the company of their students. The principal sets the example for inequity from the top down: Discipline, school sanctioned events, conduct, enforcement of dress code and behavior code all vary from student to student and there seems to be no clear school-wide expectation. My advice to any parent interested in this school, use the "donation" amount you are EXPECTED to provide and apply it to a private education that delivers the product this school falsely advertises.

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2013
I love MV! All of my teachers really showed they care about us and want us to succeed in college and life beyond. The athletics at this school is excellent as well and going to the football and basketball games are some of the best experiences of my high school experience. The spirit at this school is beautiful. Go to MV if you want to enjoy your high school experience and get a good education at the same time.

- submitted by a community member

November 08, 2010
MV does a good job in preparing students for college. Make sure to watch you child, I am a former student (class of 2008), there is a TON of drug abuse. The school is avg. in my opinion. I transferred from a private school in my senior year. I found that the teachers did not care, and some were horrible at teaching (especially science department)! Maybe it was a lack of funds for experiments. Overall, the other classes were great!

- submitted by a student

September 14, 2010
We moved here a year ago from another state, and though MV has a reputation as an excellent school, I must say that we have been generally disappointed. Staff is generally unhelpful, downright surly at times. Customer service is non-existent. (I think it's a function of the school being too large -- they can't care about everyone, so apparently they don't care about anyone.) More distressing is the quality of teaching -- for example, we've experienced foreign language teachers who barely speak or read the language they're teaching. And, my student has spent a surprising amount of time watching movies in classes -- all classes, it seems -- many of which have nothing to do with course content. They're just wasting time much of the time. My impression is that the school may have once been good, but is now just sliding by on reputation.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2009
Monte Vista provides exceptional teachers and a variety of classes to suit the interests of a multitude of students. However, as a current student there, I find that the number of students is overwhelming, and the 30 to 1 student to teacher ratio takes away from individualized attention. However, aside from the vast amount of people, I find that the school does an excellent job in preparing students for what lies ahead in college.

- submitted by a student

June 05, 2008
As a former student, I must say that Monte Vista prepared me very well for College. My teacher's told me that they're goal was to make college easy, and they succeeded. I attended the University of California, graduating a year early. The teachers are exceptional, the programs are extensive, and the AP/Honors program cannot be beat. I have seen the education quality in other high schools and have never found one to remotely approach the quality I experienced at Monte Vista. My younger brother is a freshman there this year and he has nothing but good things to say. Excellent job MV!

- submitted by a community member

March 17, 2008
I am a sophomore at Monte Vista High. As a minority, I find that racism is not a big issue. While the majority of the school is white, there is a huge population of East Asians, Middle Easterns, and Indians that go to Monte Vista and hang out with each other. Some of the teachers are excellent and others not so. If one has a problem, however, the administration is glad to help and very useful. There are a ton of AP classes and it is very challenging to get into them. With the right work ethic, it is easy to succeed but it is just as easy to fail. Monte Vista is a cliquey school, so one should choose their friends wisely and be open to everyone else. There are many different clubs and organizations. Overall, it's a great school

- submitted by a student

January 24, 2008
I have two children at this school and I cannot speak highly enough about the teachers at this school. They are awesome. Some of them are demanding and grade harder than others, but they all seem to really care about the kids at this school. We came from an expensive private school and my kids did not get half the education they are getting at Monte Vista.

- submitted by a parent

August 30, 2007
this is a good school. that is all there is too it. if you want to succeed you can...but on the other hand it is just as easy to fail. have good friends and youll be ok

- submitted by a student

June 06, 2007
School's administrators - some are wonderful, some are trying to earn their stripes and it shows. Some of the teachers are caring and exceed expectations, some are young, inexperienced, and awful with respect to communication with parents and the general way they treat the kids. We've had a mixed experience here. In the three years my son's attended I can only remember a handful of teachers who were good about communication. In spite of attending back to school night and suppling teachers every fall with e-mail addresses and cell phone numbers to contact us at. Communication is the biggest area for improvement I would like to see the administration work on.

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2007
MV is very much glorified, and all to often the school does not live up to its expectations. Administration is extremley lacking, half of teachers and faculty are sensational, while the other half are down right awful. Parents are hit up for money constantly. Overall, Monte Vista is an OK school, but do not let an outstanding API score fool you.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2007
I graduated from Monte Vista and attend college in Southern California. This school prepared me extremely well for college and created a positive learning environment. The teachers are approachable and always willing to help. They are also great at sending back e-mail for questions or clarificatons. This is a great school and if you are just moving to Danville or want your child to get a great education, Monte Vista is the place to go.

- submitted by a student

January 25, 2007
It is overall a great school with awesome athletics and people.

- submitted by a student

November 25, 2006
I currently attend MVHS and it is a wonderful school. It is the best high school in the SRVUSD. The construction on the school will be finished by the next school year for the school will achieve a new building to replace the current portables, a new cafeteria, a new culinary room, and other rooms. The teachers are great and really have the students at best interest. The programs they offer is amazing. The sports programs are fantastic, the speech and debate team is one of the best out of San Fransisco. The students are also very clean cut and are well off. There has been issues about too many students at the school but that is because of the new development in Windemere but they are opening a new high school which will reduce the number of lowerclassmen. I hands down reccomend this school.

- submitted by a student

September 07, 2006
I currently attend here, and it's an amazing school. Most of the kids here are polite and clean-cut. This year is crowded due to Dougherty Valley, but once those kids are gone, it will be much better. The teachers I have had are all well-educated and caring. It's so neat because they all seem to have gone to good colleges. The sports are tremendously great. The staff in the office helped me out so much this year it's incredible. The school is unbelievably safe. The list goes on and on. Having said that, I'm glad I attend MV.

- submitted by a student

June 09, 2006
good math, english, and music program. this school gets strong support from the pta.

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May 22, 2006
Excellent school. Great parental involvement, except there could be more direction from the principal.

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2006
Very goood high school with awesome classese that offer ap and honours classes

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March 21, 2006
This was an ok school, not to great not to good.

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March 01, 2006
This is an OK school, the teacher quality is not as high as I expected. Parents are involved.

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February 27, 2006
I was a student at Monte Vista and looking back now I was very impressed with the the teachers, extracurricular activites and overall quality of the school. I enjoyed my experience and am grateful for the quality education I received.

- submitted by a student

October 20, 2005
I think that it's personally a great school, I attend there and while it is overcrowded, all of the honors and AP courses are outstanding, along with the majority of the teachers. The cheer program is fantastic, as is the dance program currently. The football and basketball program is also one of the best I've seen.

- submitted by a student

October 18, 2005
Although the principal constantly boasts about MV's top scores, the school underperforms, given the socioeconomic background of its students. The students are not given the impression from administration that academics counts. To get a truly good education here, your student must already be a motivated top performer and enroll in AP classes - quality of non-AP classes is highly variable, particularly in the English department. If your student has a mild - moderate learning disability, expect no help from administration unless you are aggressive. Having said that, many of the teachers are excellent and the vast majority are willing to work with a concerned parent.

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2005
Although the test scores in this public high school are not the highest in the area, they are very high and consistently high. Most faculty receive good reviews, and the staff is generally stable. The range of courses, including science and computer/computing courses, is as good or better than the best in the area.

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2005
Great school with great teachers and a host of classes available both to the average Joe and to the hardcore student. There is an affluence of AP classes taught by qualified teachers. Many ECs are available including everything from drama to sports. Parents are not really involved to the extent that they are at other schools.

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2005
This school has great programs for both the child going on to a 4 year college or those with other goals. The sports program is strong yet encouraging of all. Due to the growng population the school is bigger than comfortable,however with the new high school in the Doughtery Valley this pressure will be relieved in a few years.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2005
Great quality of academic courses. Many teachers are very caring and knowledgable. Scheduling is dificult for students with AP courses. My son was unable to take part in Wind Ensemble because of yearly conflicts with AP classes.

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April 03, 2005
Great school that holds their students to very high standards. There are multitude of AP courses, clubs etc. offered as well as a great variety of extra curricular activities. Adminisration is lacking, yet MV's teacher is great for the most part.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2004
Its a great school. The kids are very nice.

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August 19, 2004
Monte Vista high school has an extremeley rigorous and demanding curriculum with wonderful teachers and staff members. Students are called on to be independent in their extracuriculars and their individual courseload. There are countless extracurricular activities and sports programs for students to choose from at this school, adding to the quality of life at this school. There is a diverse selection of courses for the students, assuring them the best prospects for their future.

- submitted by a student

June 18, 2003
The broad range of subjects offered make this high school a high calibur school. Students have a choice in the direction they wish their areas of study to take them because of the many choices they have both in the classroom and in the extra-curricular area, plus athetics and music.

- submitted by a community member

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Monte Vista High School
3131 Stone Valley Road, Danville, CA  94526
(925) 552-5530
Last modified Monte 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.
Monte Vista High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top