Monte Vista High School (Spring Valley, California)

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Coordinates: 32°44′10.42″N 116°58′29.87″W / 32.7362278°N 116.9749639°W / 32.7362278; -116.9749639

Monte Vista High School
3230 Sweetwater Springs Blvd.
Spring Valley, California
Type Public comprehensive secondary
Motto This is Monarch Territory
Established 1961
School district Grossmont Union High School District
Principal Marietta Minjares
Grades 9-12
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Crimson and gold
Mascot Lion
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Nickname Monarchs

Monte Vista High School is public, comprehensive high school located in Spring Valley, California, and serves 1,960 students in grades nine through twelve. Opened in 1961, Monte Vista is the seventh of twelve high schools built in the Grossmont Union High School District.

Monte Vista High School has been ranked among the top 6000 schools in the nation, coming in at #1147, due in part to its excellent record for AP testing and its steadily increasing Annual Performance Index. Monte Vista has one of the best AP programs in the Grossmont Union District.


Monte Vista's student body is composed of pupils from the following ethic backgrounds (2011-2012 school year):

  • White (not Hispanic) - 25%
  • Hispanic or Latino - 52%
  • African American - 10%
  • Asian - 1%
  • Filipino or Pacific Islander - 5%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native - 1%
  • Multiple or No Response - 1%

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Monte Vista's athletic teams, the Monarchs, compete in the South League of the Grossmont Conference and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Section.

Performing Arts

Monte Vista's marching band, the Monarch Brigade is an award-winning parade and concert band that has also received accolades for its colorguard, as well as having its students included in the state Honor Band. The band's students received nearly unanimous superior ratings at the Grossmont instrumental solo competition, and unanimous superiors at the 2011 band festival. Monte Vista's drama program puts forward three shows per year—one entirely student-directed—and its students have been honored at local thespian competitions for their solo and ensemble performances. Monte Vista's dance program is under the direction of Loree Atkins(Trim), and puts forward two sold-out performances each spring. Monte Vista's choir program competes in several festivals in southern California and consistently places in the top three in their division, receiving unanimous superiors and 1st place at the 2011 Heritage festival. Monte Vista is also one of only three high schools in the Grossmont district to offer class piano.


Mission statement

"Monte Vista High School is a learning organization made up of diverse groups of people dedicated to assisting each individual to reach his or her full potential."

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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