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Mountain Vista High School

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Posted October 7, 2013

MVHS is an excellent school and always will be. People who say this school is terrible really have no idea what they are talking about. This school has one of the best principals I've personally ever seen (Mike Weaver) who is dedicated and constantly tries to make his school better. Unfortunatly the administration at the district level has been incompentant and has caused major budget cuts in recent years. Our superintendant Dr. Elizebeth Fagan is not only a terrible leader but seems to care more about herself then the children shes supposed to be supporting. MVHS does have a large white student body but they do not go around raciallly profiling people or attempting to make the less fortunate feel unimportant. In fact, MVHS has 20-30 fundrasers per year that mostly are to help out the people who can barely feed their family. Some of the previous reviews of Mountain Vista sicken me on their bias, opinionated statements and ignorant view points. Mountain Vista is a great sschool and hopefully will remain that way for years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2013

If I could give this school 0 stars I would. This school has no diversity whatsoever, if you are any other race than white, chances Are you'll have a hard time at the school. Going to this school was horrible. I had 4 friends and when I tried to talk to that girls they would glare at me and turn their backs. People at this school think their amazing because they live in highlands ranch and everyone thinks that highlands rang is a high income area just because large amounts of Caucasian people live in the area but Highlands ranch isn't anything special. People drive around in BMW's to impress people but are living in shacks. Also people are really arrogant at this school it's sickening. I was on the swim team and I can honestly say it was a low point of my day. I hated going. I was and am just as fast as every girl on that team and they treated me like garbage, in my lane I would try to contribute to the conversation and one girl actually told me: "we don't care? Turned her back and started laughing. I can say it's not me, it's them. There's not aspect of team spirit, maybe for the other girls but not me. There's a huge underlying aspect of racism At this school also. Worst school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2012

Administration is a huge disappointment this year. They do not even try to resolve any issues-just spend their time defending the teachers. Parents and students are all liars in their eyes and the teachers are infallible. Not impressed. This is my 3rd student at Vista and we were excited to be back but the year has quickly become a huge disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

Solid academics, administration, sports, environment, facilities, faculty and an enjoyable experience for my student. Many great students as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2011

I'm a Sophomore that goes to Vista, and I gotta say that this school is just about one of the best. The teachers are smart, and they know when you need a little push. The students are good and respect each other for the most part. Sure, we don't have the best sports, but our soccer last year we had 18-0 until the state finals. We got spirit with us, just go to a Vista football, basketball, or soccer game! I love the classes offered, it reaches out to the more artistic kind of kids, there is even a Creative Writing class that can have College credit with it. There's an awesome Theater, Choir, and Art program. We also pride ourselves in our sports, and we rarely put our sports down. Instead of finding a loss as bad, we find it as a good chance to do better next time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2011

I just finished my sophomore year at Vista and I completely LOVE my school! There's a great mix of students and everyone has people that relate to them. Mr. Steve Johnson was a fantastic principal my freshman and 1/2 of sophomore year! He is a truly great guy and it's sad that I won't have him for the rest of my high school career! Anyways, Mr. Weaver, the new principal, is just as great, if not better than Stevie J. I had Mr. Weaver for a semester in 4th grade when I moved here and I can imagine that he'll be as good of a principal for Vista as he was for Summit View. As for teachers, they are completely amazing! As with all schools, there are a few sour grapes, but they are rare. I happened to have a not so good math teacher this year, but with the support of my counselor and math teacher, I made it through! Vista offers so many AP and honors classes that there's something for everyone! I'm genuinely proud to say I go to Vista and couldn't imagine going to Rock Canyon, Ranch or especially TRidge! Our class of 2011 had at least one student get accepted to every Ivy League school and received over $8million worth of scholarships! I will be a proud Golden Eagle forever!(:
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2009

This year, they have laxed on the rules a little bit more--we have open campus and off periods. I am currently a senior at Vista, and I have had an overall great experience. I couldn't picture myself at Ranch or RC or especially TRidge. This is the place where academics and extracurriculars and faculty are all awesome! You just have to know how to get involved and be active in school. You have to go anyway, you might as well make the best of it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 2009

I just graduated from Vista and I had an awesome experience. The academics were overall very good- the school has tons of AP and Honors classes to choose from. The vast majority of students attend four year colleges, with a large number going out-of-state. The performing arts department is spectacular- band, choir, orchestra, and theater are all very good at Vista. Sports are getting better as the school gets older. Teachers are of course hit and miss, as they are at every school, but I have had some really amazing teachers over the years. You can have a great experience at Vista if you get involved and make it a great experience!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 26, 2009

I just graduated high school this year and let me say that it has been the worst 3 and a half years of my life. The lunches were terrible that I can barely eat anything without feeling sick to my stomach, the Teachers and the Faculty doesn't care about their students as they treat them like children and don't even care about the student's problems such as Homework and their difficulties while being in school, I had to change my appointment with my counselor more than 3 times in order to see her as she never followed the schedule, and worst of all I've been harassed by the other students and none of teachers done anything about it! I was so miserable in that school that I had to move somewhere else to go to a better school where they actually care about the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2008

In terms of academics, I rated the school 5 stars as that's what I deem as the most important. It has many advance courses to choose from and many of the teachers are well educated. Even the equipment is advanced. Overall, I've learned so much that I would label MVHS as a prep school -- even though it's not private at all. On the other side, I agree with the others about the strictness of the administration. They really need to calm down. Additionally,, the art department recieves no where near as much attention as sports do. It's unfair if you ask me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2008

I am a graduate of this high school and i hate to say it but me and all my friends call it the prison. Not only do they have strict guidelines but the teachers don't help much in the way of homework. The administration is terrible and they treat the students like there children. I have to say that other than a few specific teachers i basically had to learn from the book. The only reason that vista is one of the higher ranked schools is because about 10 % of school get extremely high grades. It would be a much better school if the teachers became more involved and the guidelines loosened up a bit.


Posted March 25, 2008

This years administration has made Mountain Vista a misserable experience. This is my second year at MVHS and its by far worsened this past year. If you want to be treated like a child all through your high school career then I guess this would be a good place for you. Staff here doesn't allow very much freedoms and try to exert authority over students whenever possible. I think Vista is a cool place with some really good techers but nobody there tries to get in touch with the student body to try solve issues. All in all I think MVHS is an OK school just administration must be improved along with many other things. And FYI Vista is REALLY strict, don't even try to pull the littlest things without getting cought.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2008

In all honest the teachers, (and a large majority of the faculty) are great. I just find the lack of resposibility and freedom that the administration extends to its students appauling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2006

Ok so basically, I'm not a parent but a student, MVHS is a high school just like every other in highlands ranch, with the exception of putting academics first, I am a senior and have been in the building under the administration since 7th grade (they didn't have the middle school built yet) and to be honest I've enjoyed every minute of the six years I've spent here. We are one of the best schools in the state, in sports and academics, we've had to many accomplishments the past years to name them all without taking at least an hour to type them out. I'm going to miss it, and I recommend that if you have the opportunity, send your children here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2006

I have both a Fr and a Sr (2006). We've been involved with the school since it opened 5 yrs ago. Parent involvement is huge but tries very hard to stay behind the scenes as much as possible. The school focuses on academics but has a strong sports program as well. Band will be performing at Carnegie Hall 2007, Band and Choir toured Europe 2005. The AP program is awesome. At least two students from MVHS are now studying at Yale. The staff are approachable but parents must be proactive. Overall a fantastic staff and highly supportive school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2006

This school has good teachers but it lacks a quality administration. It would be a much stronger school with a completely different administration staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2006

My oldest son is going to be a senior and my other son is going to be a freshman. He is excited to go because Mountain Vista has a great football team and the extracurricular classes are great for them both. But I also noticed that there were some instances where the police had to show up to supervise certain issues and that was cause for concern for me. Ive raised my kids in the suburbs all their lives because I want them to have a great education and be able to socialize in any situation be it any diverse situation. I believe school should be the stepping stone for what is to come and I think above all Mountain Vista is a decent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2006

Mountain Visat is an amazing school. The quality productions that the performing arts department puts on are absolutly an event not to be missed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2006

Great School for average to brainy kids. However, if you have a child that has trouble learning or doesn't care for school, This particular school deals with the child by strictly enforcing everery single policy to the letter. The counselrors are good, but some tolerance needs to be given for good kids with learning disabilities. Good sports programs, however Thunderidge High School relies heavily on athletics vs Mountain Vists, which stresses academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

There are some very special teachers and counselors but there are also some very poor teachers, who arent really in it for the kids. I'm not terribly impressed with the assistant principal.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

515 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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56%

2012

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

514 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

514 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

504 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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47%

2012

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

504 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

504 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

504 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students56%
Female58%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian72%
Hispanic43%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Free lunch eligible23%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%

Reading

All Students86%
Female91%
Male82%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian88%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Free lunch eligible68%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant86%

Writing

All Students79%
Female86%
Male72%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian78%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible68%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students47%
Female42%
Male52%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian63%
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)48%
Free lunch eligible23%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English48%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%

Reading

All Students84%
Female87%
Male82%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian95%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible55%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant84%

Science

All Students62%
Female59%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian79%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Free lunch eligible29%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%

Writing

All Students65%
Female73%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asian79%
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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52%
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24%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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ACT participation

98%

Average ACT score

23

Graduation rate

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 57%
Hispanic 10% 32%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Soccer
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