Monte Vista Christian School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Tel: 831-768-6137
2 School Way
Watsonville, CA 95076
  • 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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  • UC Berkeley
    Monte Vista Christian School has an absolutely beautiful campus that provides secure, educational setting for every student. Teachers are truly life-time mentors, praying for you before/after school. Students mature not only physically and mentally, but. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Monte VistaBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-126-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denom. / ChristianNon-denominational
Year Founded19261910
Campus Size106 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment1000 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1766* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score25*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size17 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:131:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2617
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$43,715$47,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineJan. 29 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsPeter C. Gieseke

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2617
CoursesAP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP English Composition, AP English Literature, AP European History, 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 Offered1414
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations1323
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Associated Student Body, California Scholarship Federation, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Equestrian Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Japanese Club, Journalism/Newspaper, National Honor Society

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Drama Club, Handbell Choir, Marching Band, Orchestra

School Notes

  • A college preparatory, non-denominational Christian school 
  • A resident and day high school with 760 students (100 boarding students)
  • A day middle school with 240 students
  • 80 miles (128 km) south of San Francisco                                     
  • Twenty-six (26) AP and Honors courses
  • Direct college credit, through  dual-enrollment program
  • Diverse community
  • Award winning choral groups
  • Dynamic music program (orchestra and marching band)
  • Lively performing and visual arts program
  • Competitive athletic program (over 13 varsity sports)
  • 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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