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.
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.
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