Monte Vista Christian School

2 School Way
Watsonville, CA 95076
Tel: 831-722-8178 x. 194
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 735 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.

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2014 School Data
Monte Vista Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12 7-12
Grades Offered (Day) 6-12 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denom. / Christian Non-denominational
Year Founded 1926 1909
Campus Size 106 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 1060 students 295 students
% International Students 11% 20%
% Students Boarding 13% 68%
Average SAT Score 1668 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 24.6 *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 18 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 50% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$38,800 $48,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$10,490 $27,240
Tuition international students $41,200 $45,400
% Students on Financial Aid 10% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 31 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 45% 58%
Director of Admissions Peter C. Gieseke  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 18 16
AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science AP English Composition
AP English Literature AP European History
AP Macroeconomics AP Microeconomics
AP Music Theory AP Physics
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


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 14 13
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 32 24
ExtracurricularsAssociated Student Body, Badminton Club, Break Dance Club, Business Club, California Scholarship Federation, Chinese Chess Club, Chinese Culture Club, Choir, Club Bike, Drama, Drama Club, Equestrian Club, Fashion Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Filipino Culture Club, Foreign Literature Club, Hand Bell Choir, Jane Austen Club, Japanese Club, Journalism/Newspaper, Marching Band, Math Lovers, Model United Nations, 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, ACTS

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Valley International Academy (23.4 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • CampbellValley International Academy
    1 West Campbell Avenue, B-20
    CampbellCA 95008
    23.4 mi | 15 students | Gr. 9-12
  • MontereySanta Catalina School
    All-girls  (Catholic)
    1500 Mark Thomas Drive
    MontereyCA 93940
    27.6 mi | 246 students | Gr. 9-12
  • Pebble BeachStevenson School
    3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble BeachCA 93953
    29.3 mi | 728 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • Portola ValleyWoodside Priory School (Priory)
    302 Portola Road
    Portola ValleyCA 94028
    36.6 mi | 350 students | Gr. 6-12
  • DanvilleThe Athenian School
    2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
    DanvilleCA 94506
    59.7 mi | 300 students | Gr. 6-12
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