Monta Vista High School

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Monta Vista High School
Monta Vista High School Logo.jpg
Address
21840 McClellan Road
Cupertino, California, 95014
USA
Coordinates 37°18′52″N 122°03′24″W / 37.3145°N 122.0567°W / 37.3145; -122.0567Coordinates: 37°18′52″N 122°03′24″W / 37.3145°N 122.0567°W / 37.3145; -122.0567
Information
Type Public 4-year High School
Established 1969
School district Fremont Union High School District
Principal April Scott
Staff 143 (2013-2014)
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,343 (2013-2014)
Color(s) Purple and Gold         
Mascot Matador
Information (408) 366-7600
Website
Front of the high school, May 2006.
Monta Vista academic court, December 1971.
Monta Vista academic court, August 2006
Monta Vista academic court and renovated library, June 2006.
Helene Madson Theatre with mural.

Monta Vista High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in the Silicon Valley city of Cupertino, California, USA. Part of the Fremont Union High School District, the school serves most of the suburban residential and industrial technology enriched area of western Cupertino. Monta Vista opened in 1969, offering only freshman and sophomore classes; the first class graduated in 1972. Since then, its student body size has averaged about 2400 students. Monta Vista is ranked by Newsweek as one of the top high schools in California and is located in one of the most affluent cities in the country with recorded average income of more than $100,000 per household.

Demographics[edit]

A controversial 2005 Wall Street Journal article described the influx of Asians at Monta Vista and explained that the school was experiencing a "white flight" caused by White American families feeling overwhelmed by the academic focus of the school's majority Asian American students.[1]

Academics[edit]

In 2012 and 2013, Monta Vista scored 956 points out of 1000 for the Academic Performance Index, a state-wide performance indicator the California government uses to measure the growth of schools on a variety of academic measures; this score is the highest API score of all high schools in the Santa Clara County, followed by Lynbrook High (946) and Saratoga High (933).[2] After analyzing 21,069 public high schools in America, US News & World Report issued America's Best High Schools in 2009 which ranked Monta Vista #73.[3] In 2007, Newsweek '​s 1,200 top U.S. schools ranked Monta Vista #85, the 7th Californian high school. The highest ranked school in the Fremont Union High School District, The Washington Post magazine ranked Monta Vista as the 57th best high school in the United States, the fourth highest academically performing high school in all of California,[4] and the highest academically ranked school in the Fremont Union High School District in 2005. Though these rankings exclude private schools, many have selective admission policies, whereas public schools like Monta Vista and Lynbrook are open to all students that live within the assigned school boundaries, and each year proof of residency is required and verified for enrollment. For this reason, these rankings do not necessarily provide accurate results for all high schools.[5]

The school offers eight honors classes and fifteen Advanced Placement classes.[6] During students' junior and senior years, they can choose to participate in one of the alternative programs offered through De Anza College. The Middle College Program is available to juniors and seniors, while College Now is offered exclusively to members of the senior class. These programs allow students to explore interests with classes that aren't always offered at high school and build up college credits while completing the requirements for a diploma.[7]

Student activities[edit]

Monta Vista High School's mascot is the Matador, with purple and gold as its official school colors. The school mascot's costume, up until the 2012-2013 school year, had been a purple bull. Recently, on August 31, 2012, a new Mascot, a Matador, was introduced in the Welcome Back Rally. Monta Vista High School has held a longtime rivalry with nearby Lynbrook High School and competes in the SCVAL of the Central Coast Section.

Campus[edit]

The majority of the school's buildings are built in the Spanish Mission architectural style. The school has been undergoing a multi-million dollar facilities modernization, with a new library, completed in late 2005. Small renovations, such as the fitting of metal doors in place of old wooden ones, were completed over the summer of 2006. The athletic facilities, such as the gym, swimming pool, football field, and locker rooms have now completed renovation. A new school office has also been constructed. In 2012, the school undertook a massive modernization and renovation of the campus, projected to be completed by the spring of 2014. A new field, track, and stadium have been built along with a new student union and cafeteria, which saw the addition of 6 classrooms to the campus.[8]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

  • Monta Vista DECA has consistently ranked within the top three DECA chapters in the world for the past six years, with three of those years as #1 in the world. Monta Vista DECA is also the third largest chapter in the world
  • Monta Vista FBLA is the #1 FBLA chapter in the world, and has been ranked a top performing chapter for the past 20 years
  • The Monta Vista Marquesas Dance Team placed 1st place at the USA Nationals for their routine, Kick
  • Monta Vista is ranked one to the top schools in California, and sits within the top 100 schools in the United States
  • The school has received the US News Gold Award for being among the best high schools in the nation
  • Monta Vista is 8th in the nation for its US News STEM ranking

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]


Fremont Union High School District

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