Monte Vista Christian School

2 School Way
Watsonville, CA 95076
Tel: 831-768-6195
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 1060 students
At Monte Vista, we are on the cutting edge of technology in the classrooms.
MVCS was one of the first to digitize our entire library, first in the world to integrate the iPad and iPad 2 into the classroom, and one of the largest 1:1 iPad launches, with 800 high school students personally carrying one for their own use. Founded in Watsonville, California in 1926, our beautiful 100-acre campus is next to an 18 hole golf course.
It is made up of ponds, trails, six athletic fields, two gymnasiums, tennis courts, swimming pool and an equestrian center.
Our Harkness Table concept in small classroom settings, challenging curriculum, and support programs will allow us to be the premier college preparatory Christian school in northern California, committed to preparing students to be world changers.
41 college level courses offered through Dual Enrollment, AP and Honors courses.

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2015 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 1060 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
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 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$41,150 $49,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$10,810 $27,800
Tuition international students $43,715 $46,875
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


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

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 41 15
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


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


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

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 West Hills Community College 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 2011, 2012, 2013
  •      3rd at Nationals in 2013 aplace you will feel like family
  • School accreditations: WASC, ACSI
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