School Details

Mountain Vista High School

10585 Mountain Vista Ridge, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
(303) 387-1500
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2036 students 18 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

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Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 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 that 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.
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Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Douglas County School District, No. Re 1 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 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 that 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.
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Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means that 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Douglas County School District, No. Re 1 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mountain Vista High School is a public high school in Highlands Ranch. 2,036 students attend Mountain Vista High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 6% of the 2,036 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Mountain Vista High School is 18:1. Valor Christian High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 81% 83%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 5%
Asian 4% %
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 10% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    Solid academics administration sports environment facilities faculty and an enjoyable experience for my student. Many great students as well.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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!(

  • (5 years ago)

    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!

  • (5 years ago)

    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!

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

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

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

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

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

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