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The 2018-19 MVHS School Profile is available to print out.  

Monte Vista High School is a comprehensive, four time State Distinguished, fully WASC accredited, National Blue Ribbon, 9-12 public school. The school is located in the town of Danville, In the San Ramon valley, and Approximately 35 miles east of San Francisco. The community consists of primarily professional and upper management residents.


The student enrollment includes 64% Caucasian, 17% Asian, 8% Hispanic, 0.9% African American, and <11% all others, including native American, Cambodian, Guamanian, and Pacific Islander.


SRVUSD Graduation Credit Requirements

  •  English- 40
  •  Math- 20 ( including Algebra 1 or equivalent)
  •  Science- 20 (10 Life; 10 Physical)
  •  Social Studies- 35
  •  Physical Education- 20
  •  Health- 5
  •  Visual/Foreign language/Technology 10 credits in two fields
  •  Electives 60
  •  Graduation = 220


Effective for the class of 2019, SRVUSD has implemented the following to increase students’ choice and flexibility in their schedules. For a complete list and description of all PLIs, please visit the SRVUSD Personalized Learning website:

 Reduction of high school graduation required credits from 240 to 220.

 Ability to place non-district coursework on the SRVUSD transcript to satisfy high school graduation requirements (maximum of 20 credits in any curricular area; maximum of 20 credits/academic year).

 Ability to place non-district elective coursework on the SRVUSD transcript (maximum of 20 credits/academic year).

Option to take five, six, or seven classes on campus (individual site restrictions may apply). Honors Courses Total Honors Courses = 7

One additional point is given in GPA calculation for grades C- or higher in these courses. Anatomy and Physiology Japanese Chemistry Physics French Pre-Calculus w/Trig. Forensics Spanish Advanced Placement Classes Total number 28


One additional point is given in GPA Calculation for grades C- or higher in these courses. Biology Japanese Calculus AB Macroeconomics Calculus BC Microeconomics Chemistry Physics 2 Computer Science A Psychology Computer Science Principles Research English Language Seminar English Literature Spanish Language Environmental Science Spanish Literature European History Statistics French Language Studio Art Design Gov’t & Politics: Comparative Studio Art Drawing Gov't & Politics: U.S. US History Human Geography World History


For a complete list and description of all courses offered at MVHS, please refer to the SRVUSD course catalog: 250625308029559.pdf


School Information: Total enrollment is 2494

Counselor Caseload is 500:1

Average class size 28:1

Class of 2018 Class Size: 598

School Day: five periods required.

Grade Point Average is weighted and includes all courses taken in Grades 9-12.

Advanced Placement & Honors courses are weighted on a 5.0 scale for the class of 2017.

Grading System: Based on a 4.0 Scale Rank/Decile is not computed per District Policy


School Recognition 2016-17

Gold Medal School 2016-17

U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School 2016-17

Speech and Debate top 10 finisher nationally 2017-18

2 State Champions in Speech & Debate – team 4th in state 2017-18

Choir 2018 World Strides 1st place 2017-18

Choir Golden State-Chambers 1st, Concert 2nd, 2017-18

National French Contest 58-metalists 2017-18

Women’s Soccer EBAL, NCS, & CIF Champs 2017-18

Women's Tennis EBAL & NCS Champs 2017-18

Women's Volleyball EBAL & NCS Champs 2017-18

Women’s Water Polo EBAL Champs, NCS-2nd, CIF

The History of Monte Vista High School 

Monte Vista High School 1964

Back in the day there was no freeway in the Valley, cowboys and valley pioneers were active in the community and students rode horses to school.  With the population growth after WWII the 680 freeway was extended from Walnut Creek to Danville in 1964 and in 1965 SRVUSD was approved by voters and Monte Vista was founded.  

Monte Vista was founded with 200 freshman students and 13 teachers.  The campus opened January with a few buildings and a terrific view.  Students took poetry classes in the meadow and the curriculum included auto shop, bird watching, home ec and electronics featuring reel to reel and record players. The sports program grew with the school and the first full varsity season in 1968 with a season ending win against cross town rivals San Ramon and the beginning of the perpetual trophy. 


School culture in the 60’s and 70’s was full of spirit- the marching band led by baton twirling girls, Musty the mascot was 2 people as front and back of horse, and on Fridays every student and teacher wore red and black.   This was cowboy country surrounded by fields and a horse corral across the street instead of a parking lot.


The era of Rock and Roll was part of Monte Vista.  Teacher Chet Farrow organized more than 100 concerts at school featuring some of Rock’s biggest names including Journey, Boz Scaggs, Greg Kihn and Huey Lewis & The News.  The musicians came to MV to give students a chance for hands-on education running the sound and lighting systems. Today one of those students is an announcer for the A’s.      


With suburban development in 70’s Monte Vista grew, the facilities upgraded and expanded with the latest being the Workday Student Center in the fall of 2013.   Monte Vista has became known for the highest levels of education while earning the California Distinguished School Award in 1987, 1989, 1999,,,,,,,,,and US Department of Education Blue Ribbon in 2000 and?  


Today, Monte Vista’s campus of 17 buildings house 2,450 students, 110 teachers, 60 staff members and 4 administrators. Graduates of Monte Vista High School carry the history and future of the Mustangs with them.