School Profile

Principal, Ben Clausnitzer

21840 McClellan Road, Cupertino, CA 95014

Phone: 408-366-7600 Fax: 408-252-1519

www.mvhs.fuhsd.org 

CEEB Code: 053466

Monta Vista High School (MVHS) opened in 1969 and continues to be one of the top comprehensive high schools in California and the United States. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, MVHS is highly regarded for its strong academic programs and variety of extracurricular and co-curricular opportunities for students  A California Distinguished School, National Blue Ribbon award winner, MVHS is frequently recognized by Newsweek and US News and World Report for its outstanding student success.

MVHS’s guidance program provides all students with academic planning, personal counseling, and postsecondary advising for college and career. Four full-time school counselors and a College and Career Advisor engage with students, parents, and staff to deliver a comprehensive guidance program that personalizes the planning and counseling experience based on each student’s needs and postsecondary goals.

Enrollment

Total Enrollment 2018-2019

2270

Class of 2018

574

Asian

79.4%

White

12.3%

Other (African American, Latino, Native American)

8.3%

Percent Limited English

3%

Socioeconomically Disadvantaged 6%
Students with Disabilities 5%
Students with a parent with a Bachelor's degree or higher 95%

Staff and Students

105 Teachers

32.5 Average class size

39 Students in full-time off-site programs

558: 1 Student to Counselor Ratio

Graduation Requirements

Subject Credits

English (4 years)

40

Social Science (3 years)

30

Mathematics (2 years; min Algebra 1 and Geometry)

20

Physical Education (2 years)

20

Science (2 years; life and physical)

20

Electives (includes courses beyond subject area requirements)

70

Plus 10 credits in 2 of the following 3 areas:

 

World Language (1 year)

10

Applied Academics (1 year, includes Career Technical Education, Business, Programming, Work Experiment)

10

Visual/Performing  Arts (1 year)

10

Total Credits

220

 

School and District Policies

Students typically take 6 courses each year. Students enrolled in AVID, ASB Leadership, Academic Foundations, Learning Skills, or programs including Dual Enrollment, music, and some Career Technical Education pathways may take 7 courses. Due to budgetary constraints, students are generally limited to one course per subject area per year. AP and Honors courses are open access. Students taking AP courses are encouraged to take the corresponding exams. Some students choose to take courses through concurrent enrollment at one of the five local community colleges. This coursework is typically not included on the FUHSD transcript.

GPA Range

GPA Distribution for Class of 2019

Student Count (and %) GPA Range
46 (8%) 4.00
295 (52%) 3.5 - 3.99
160 (28%) 3.0 - 3.49
45 (8%) 2.5 - 2.99
20 (3.5%) 2.0 - 2.49
2 (0.5%) < 2.0

Individual class rank is not reported. To evaluate student performance, use the grade distribution chart above showing the number of students in each unweighted, cumulative 9-12 GPA category.

GPA and Related Procedures

·   Credits are posted at the end of each semester.

·   Each semester class is 5 credits; most FUHSD classes are yearlong (10 credits) and meet for 150 instructional hours.

·   GPA is calculated at the end of each semester (A=4; B=3; C=2; D=1; F=0).  Honors and AP classes are not given additional point values.

·   Cumulative GPA is all coursework from grade 9 to current. University GPA is college-prep academic courses only.

·   Coursework earning P (Pass), NM (No Mark), I (Incomplete), W (Withdrew) is not calculated into the GPA.

·   Coursework from non-accredited or out-of-country schools are transferred as Pass/Fail.

AP / Honors at MVHS

English

American Lit Honors

AP English Literature

Mathematics

Pre-Calculus Honors

AP Calculus AB; AP Calculus BC

AP Statistics

AP Computer Science Principles

AP Computer Science A

Science

Chemistry Honors

AP Physics 1; AP Physics C

AP Biology; AP Chemistry

AP Environmental Science

Social Sciences

AP Macroeconomics

AP US Government

AP US History

Visual & Performing Arts

Advanced Drama Honors

World Languages

Honors 4 and AP Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish

Advanced Placement Testing

May 2017

Test Taken

Number of Tests

Percentage pass rate

Biology

235

90%

Calculus AB

216

89%

Calculus BC

169

99%

Chemistry

179

94%

Chinese Lang/Cult

137

100%

Comp Sci A

164

98%

Comp Sci Principles

64

97%

Econ Macro

302

78%

Econ Micro

43

79%

Eng Lang/Comp

260

97%

Eng Lit/Comp

67

97%

Env. Science

73

74%

French Lang

36

100%

Gov&Politics: US

104

92%

Japanese Lang

12

100%

Physics 1

231

89%

Physics 2

7

100%

Physics C-Elec/Mag

60

100%

Physics C-Mechanics

59

100%

Spanish Lang

62

100%

Statistics

245

82%

US History

164

98%

College Going Rates

College Bound Students (Class of 2018): (based on survey data and final transcript requests of 587 students)

  • 4 Year College/University: 490 (84% of the college bound students)
  • 2-Year College: 14%
  • University of California: 32%
  • California State Universities: 10%
  • Out of State Colleges/Universities: 38%
  • Out of Country: 1%
  • Military: 1%
  • Other: 2%

College Admissions Test Scores

SAT Scores (Spring 2018)

408 students

700 Reading / 770 Math / 1460 mean composite

 

ACT Scores (Spring 2018)

180 students

31 Reading / 32 Math / 31 Science / 32 mean composite

 

CAASPP / Smarter Balanced

70% EAP College-Ready (ELA)

72% EAP College-Ready (Math)

90% Standard Met/Exceeded (ELA)

90% Standard Met/Exceeded (Math)

 

National Merit Program: Class of 2019

Semifinalists: 52 Commended: 139

 

Advanced Placement Testing Results (May 2017)

Number of exams: 2938 tests taken by 1100 students

Scoring 3 or higher: 90%

Scoring 5: 46%

97% of Class of 2019 took at least one AP Course/Exam

College Matriculation

Class of 2018

In addition to University of California, California State University and Community Colleges, students have matriculated at the following postsecondary institutions:

 

American University

American University

Arizona State University

Art Center College of Design

Baylor University

Biola University

Boston College

Boston University

Brown University

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Chapman University

Columbia University

Cornell University

Dartmouth College

De Anza College

Drexel University

Duke University

Emory University

Foothill College

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Harvard University

Harvey Mudd College

Hofstra University

Indiana University at Bloomington

Johns Hopkins University

Loyola Marymount University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Middlebury College

Montana State University, Bozeman

New York University

Northeastern University

Northwestern University

Occidental College

Oregon State University

Otis College of Art and Design

Pennsylvania State University

Pitzer College

Pomona College

 

Purdue University

Reed College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhode Island School of Design

Rice University

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Rutgers

University-New Brunswick

Saint Mary's College of California

Santa Clara University

Seattle University

Stanford University

Swarthmore College

Syracuse University

Texas A&M University

The George Washington University

The University of Arizona

The University of Texas, Austin

Trinity University

Tufts University

University of British Columbia

University of Chicago

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

University of Nevada, Reno

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of Puget Sound

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

University of the Pacific

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Vanderbilt University

Washington University in St. Louis

West Valley College

Willamette University

Student Government & Clubs

An active Associated Student Body, 85+ school clubs, and special interest organizations provide a myriad of opportunities for Monta Vista students to become active in their school and in the community. Although volunteer hours are not a requirement of graduation, the vast majority of our students contribute many hours to our community, outside organizations and various social causes, both local and far-reaching.

A partial list of organizations includes: ASB government, class government, Music (marching band, jazz band, orchestra, chamber orchestra, choir, elite mixed ensemble), Speech and Debate, Journalism, Yearbook, Key Club, Interact and Octagon (service clubs), Future Business Leaders of America, DECA, California Scholarship Federation, National Honor Society, Spanish and French Honor Societies, Dance team, Cheerleading and Color Guard, Drama, Mock Trial, Robotics and Amnesty International.

Monta Vista students also participate in a full range of competitive athletics.