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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
good math, english, and music program. this school gets strong support from the pta.
Excellent school. Great parental involvement, except there could be more direction from the principal.
Very goood high school with awesome classese that offer ap and honours classes
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