Monte Vista Christian School

2 School Way
Watsonville, CA 95076
Tel: 831-768-6195
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 1089 students
Situated in the heart of the beautiful Monterey Bay area of California, the spacious and picturesque campus nestles in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The campus occupies almost 100 acres of rolling lawns, ponds, playing fields, equestrian facilities and over 25 buildings. The campus provides the student with plenty of room to breathe and offers a variety of physical activities that take education beyond the classroom, making it a stimulating, enjoyable part of everyday living. The library-science center provides the atmosphere for discovery and learning with its large Academic Research Center and fully-equipped chemistry and biology laboratories.
The administration/classroom buildings contain classrooms, offices, and associated support facilities.
The gymnasium complex of two gymnasiums, large weight/exercise facility, pool, and spa are used for interscholastic athletics and physical education.
Many other buildings provide the setting for the educational endeavors of Monte Vista Christian School.
The campus has a safe country atmosphere which encourages contemplation, study and proper physical development away from the congestion and distractions of urban life.

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Monte Vista Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) 6-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denom. / Christian Non-denominational
Year Founded 1926 1910
Campus Size 106 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 1089 students 295 students
% Students of Color
26%
20%
% International Students
9%
20%
% Students Boarding
11%
68%
Average SAT Score 1766 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 25 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 17 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:13 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 41 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
65%
68%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$41,150 $50,475
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$10,810 $28,200
Tuition international students $43,715 $47,425
% Students on Financial Aid
10%
35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 29 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
45%
57%
Director of AdmissionsPeter C. Gieseke

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 41 16
CoursesAP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP English Composition, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP French Language and Culture, AP Japanese, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics C Mechanics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art: 2-D Design, AP Studio Art: 3-D design, AP Studio Art: Drawing, AP US Government, AP US History, Dual Enrollment Advanced Speech & Debate, Dual Enrollment Anatomy & Physiology, Dual Enrollment Biology, Dual Enrollment Calculas AB, Dual Enrollment Calculus BC, Dual Enrollment Chamber Choir, Dual Enrollment ENG 1A, Dual Enrollment ENG 1B, Dual Enrollment European History 4B, Dual Enrollment European History HIST4A, Dual Enrollment Health & Wellness, Dual Enrollment Macroeconomics, Dual Enrollment Microeconomics, Dual Enrollment Music Theory, Dual Enrollment Physics C Mechanics, Dual Enrollment Pre-Calculus with Trig., Dual Enrollment Spanish Language, Dual Enrollment Statistics MATH 25, Dual Enrollment US History HIST 17A & 17B, Dual Enrollment Vocal Pedagogy, Dual Enrollment Vocal Techniques, Dual Enrollment World History, Dual Enrollment Worship Arts

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 14 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 13 23
ExtracurricularsAssociated Student Body, California Scholarship Federation, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Choir, Drama Club, Equestrian Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Handbell Choir, Japanese Club, Journalism/Newspaper, Marching Band, National Honor Society, Orchestra

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • all students have an iPad
  • 80 miles (128 km) south of San Franciscoa
  • non-denominational Christian school a college preparatory
  • resident and day high school with 600 students (128 boarding students)                                           
  • Twenty-six AP and Honors courses
  • Direct college credit, through  dual-enrollment program
  • proud of its diversity
  • home to award winning choral groups
  • home to a dynamic music program (orchestra and marching band)
  • home to a lively performing and visual arts program
  • home to a competitive athletic program (over 13 varsity sports)
  • home to a fantastic equestrian program, including Zone 10 Champions for 6 consecutive years
  • a place you will feel like family
  • School accreditations: WASC, ACSI
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