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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2015 School Data
Monte Vista Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12 11-12
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 1910
Campus Size 106 acres 121 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 1060 students 300 students
% International Students 11% 20%
% Students Boarding 13% 67%
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 19 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 58% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$39,950 $49,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$10,790 $28,400
Tuition international students $42,440 $46,300
% Students on Financial Aid 10% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 29 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 45% 56%
Director of AdmissionsPeter C. Gieseke

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 19 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


# 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 14 24
ExtracurricularsAssociated Student Body, California Scholarship Federation, Chinese Culture Club, Choir, Drama, Drama Club, Equestrian Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Hand Bell 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

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Valley International Academy (23.4 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • 23.4 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 26 students1 West Campbell Avenue, B-20
    CampbellCA 95008
  • Santa Catalina School
    All-girls  (Catholic)
    27.6 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 246 students1500 Mark Thomas Drive
    MontereyCA 93940
  • 29.3 mi | Gr. Pre-K-12 | 750 students3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble BeachCA 93953
  • 36.6 mi | Gr. 6-12 | 380 students302 Portola Road
    Portola ValleyCA 94028
  • 59.6 mi | Gr. 6-12 | 300 students2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
    DanvilleCA 94506
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