School Details

Monte Vista High School

3230 Sweetwater Springs Boulevard, Spring Valley, CA 91977
(619) 660-3000
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1795 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • Grossmont Union High School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • Grossmont Union High School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Grossmont Union High School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Monte Vista High School is a public high school in Spring Valley. The principal of Monte Vista High School is Randy Montesanto and can be contacted at rmontesa@guhsd.net. 1,795 children attend Monte Vista High School and identify as Multiracial, Hispanic, and Filipino. 14% of the Monte Vista High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 76% of the 1,795 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Monte Vista High School is 22:1. Gateway Community Day School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
Hispanic 58% 28%
Filipino 3% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 16% 49%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1.0% 23570%
Asian 1% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% %
Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 1%
Unspecified 0.06% 9%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 34%
Limited English proficiency 14% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a student at Monta Vista High School. I am currently enrolled in ASB yearbook and advanced choir.over the past couple years our school has gone through many changes including staff students and buildings. We have improved over the past couple years and I highly recommend going to monte vista to any student enrolling into high school. every year our test scores increase more than are goal recommended. I have heard no complaints from students of monte vista. In fact we are one of the most spirited schools in the Grossmont Union high school district. the staff of our school are not only teachers but leaders And positive examples to what a school Body and family should look. I love Monte vista and I im proud to be A monarch.

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm going into my third year at MVHS the teachers are great but classes are ruined by other students. Sometimes staff can be very rude at times and when students need help they are unavailable and students can wait hours. It's a good school but need work with different things

  • (3 years ago)

    Terrible high school may it suffer the same fate as Carthage did at the hands of the Romans; graduated class of '73 and never looked back. The only reason for its existence was to keep kids off the street; enroll in classes at Grossmont College where you can actually learn something. School staff did not care; teachers generally OK except for Woodshop teacher who's only function in class was to talk about dune buggy racing in the desert and to supervise the hoodlums in the class; counselling nonexistent and worse (my sister was discouraged from applying to Cal Maritime because "girls don't do that;" spoiled little rich kids abusive of other students (ever have your locker burned? insert charcoal lighter fluid followed by match - voila!).

  • (4 years ago)

    My kids get the chance to advance according to their ability. This is a struggling public school in Spring Valley but it's still been good for my kids )

  • (5 years ago)

    It's my first year at monte vista & its great. Mvhs seriously is a drama free school.The teachers and staff are very nice..Hands down its a great school

  • (6 years ago)

    i love this school and its great the atmosphere is wondorful the kids are nice and everyone is friends our activities are great of cource im in asb so i should know it its hard work and the asb student and falculty keep this school fun and safe the teahcers are good could be better but im learning so i have no problem also the disiplince is well and the food is great

  • (6 years ago)

    I am very dissatisfied with MVHS. Phone calls to counselors and other administrators do not get returned my daughters classes were over-crowded and out of control. It is more of a daycare center for teens. The students do not get the guidance and discipline they need.

  • (6 years ago)

    We currently have one daughter attending and one who graduated a few years ago. We are very impressed with the quality of teachers and coaching at this school. When we visit we see a clean and well-run school. The improvements being done this summer will add to the overall feel of excellence. I highly recommend Monte Vista.

  • (6 years ago)

    I believe the teachers and staff at Monte Vista give each student an equal chance to be the best they can be. It is up to the student themselves to take advantage of the opportunities available to them. Good teachers weak admin staff.

  • (7 years ago)

    My experience so far has not been the greatest the office staff are rude and not very courteous at all. Parents to me are put on hold while the office staff go here and there..you could be standing there all day. sorry but i give this school a low score rating.

  • (8 years ago)

    MVHS is a solid school surrounded by safe beautiful neighborhoods on the rise. New premium housing with lake views near the school fetches top dollar and this can only mean good things for the school. As the income levels of families with children at the school increases parent participation is growing. The school itself is currently undergoing a large-scale thorough physical renovation. It's part of the Grossmont Union High School District which encompasses many upscale neighborhoods. Parent involvement throughout the district is high and the administration is top-notch.

  • (8 years ago)

    Monte Vista was basically a 'choose your own fate' type of school. The school's staff does a great job of keeping you safe so long as you keep yourself safe--it's really great practice for the real world. In the same sense classes can either be challenging and get you into a good college or easy. Football waterpolo and wrestling used to be powerhouses with solid baseball and basketball teams to boot.

  • (9 years ago)

    Old school nice sports programs. Great math and science.

  • (9 years ago)

    Mvhs has gone downhill. The buildings are old. The teachers dont get much time to teach because the kids are so bad! The only good thing is their football h20 polo and wrestling. It is a scary school to go to now.

  • (9 years ago)

    Nice school to send your kids

  • (9 years ago)

    Monte Vista is a great school in the grossmont union school district.

  • (10 years ago)

    My 2 older girls (1 class of 99) and (1 class of 2005) have bith been in honors programs. From my view I thought the cirriculum was very challenging. Teachers for the most part respond to well behaved children. This year 2005 saw a new strict dress code and next year it will be even stricter. I feel some restrictions are good but they are going overboard in 2006. Overall this school has kids from all types of backgrounds and while their is occasional problems the school does a good job of keeping things in check. Good football teams!

  • (10 years ago)

    Monte Vista has been a great experience thus far for my student and myself. The staff has my sons best interest at heart. The coaching staff are the greatest I can't say enough great things about them. My son's self esteem has risen 110% since entering this high school.

  • (11 years ago)

    As a student of Monte Vista I can confidently say that our high school is one of the best schools in San Diego county. Since I have lived in this area for a while and have grown up being around the campus and many former monarchs I know that within the last few years Monte Vista High has pulled itself out of its reputations and excelled to great heights. Being a so diverse school has allowed the students to mature in ways unimaginable. The teachers are incredible and really do what ever it takes to help their students to the top. And all our great sports clubs and extra-curricular activities provide a wonderful environment for a student to pursue whatever interests them. Also monarch spirit is always growing! The pride our school has is amazing. All in all Monte Vista is the place to be!

  • (11 years ago)

    For the past three years I have seen a big change in Monte Vista. I must applaud our new principal Paul Wargo for his strong belief and preserverance in wanting to make this school the best it can be. With Proposition H passing I do hope that Mr. Wargo can put the school's funds in areas that need the most repair. We need more people like him leading our kids. The staff is good too. I have come across so many wonderful teachers some of whom graduated from this school and have now returned to teach our youth. I believe this school is on the right track and with Mr. Wargo in charge the sky is the limit! Go MVHS!

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