Our curriculum offers a wide range of programs to meet the needs of all students. Our students consistently score above state and national averages on all SAT, Advanced Placement and state assessment programs. Academic excellence is one of our top priorities. More detailed information on specific schools in our district can be found through the School Accountability Report Cards for each school.
One of the highest salary schedules in the state of California is offered with a beginning base salary of $62,102 and a top base salary of $117,351. A master's degree or National Board Certification earns an additional $1,947/annum and a doctorate earns $3,114/annum. MVLA is one of the few districts that may give year for year service credit up to 12 years for placement on our salary schedule (contact Personnel Department for specifics). Our benefits for full time employees include fully paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees, spouses, and dependents. Those employed between half and full time are required to pay a prorata share of the premiums.
An active and supportive community demonstrated its confidence in its schools by passing a $41 million bond to construct new classrooms and science labs as well as refresh our technology installations. Community involvement in school site councils, education foundations ( which raised $700,000 in 2009-10) and ongoing co-curricular projects is outstanding. In addition, numerous booster groups linked to specific activiites such as music, athletics and drama raise significant money each year to support activities that address diverse student interests. Strong PTSA's (Parent/Teacher/Student Association) at all of our schools provide additional funding and a ready pool of volunteers for a variety of school activities. Finally, in cooperation with local community service organizations such as Kiwanis and Rotary, our schools are able to provide many hours of mentoring, tutoring and support to students from community members that do not have children in our schools.
An exciting and rich community and school environment emphasizes and builds on the value of diversity and the many opportunities it provides to prepare our students for the world of the future. Forty-five percent of our students come from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds.
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Both of our high schools operate on a seven (7) period work day with five (5) periods considered a full time assignment. The other two period are provided for preparation and conferencing with students. In addition each school has weekly time set aside to collaborate with colleagues within departments and across the school.
Distinguished Schools and Staff
Both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools on two different occasions each. Mountain View High School has also been recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as an Exemplary School. Indicators of excellence among our staffs are the following: fifty percent of our staff holds a masters degree or higher; one of our teachers has been recognized as national teacher of the year in the performing arts; another has received recognition for creating a service learning program. Our teachers have also been recognized for developing and implementing systems thinking using computer modeling in our curriculum.
Unique among districts is our commitment to the arts. Both high schools boast outstanding, nationally recognized music programs. Other art programs thrive as well. Our students consistently win a variety of art awards recognizing excellence in graphic design, photography, and painting.
A long term facilities renovation and expansion program was completed in 2003. We completely renovated both high school campuses and built additional classrooms, science labs, libraries and theatres. A state of the art infrastructure to support voice, video and data transmission around and between the campuses was installed. Excellent management of our renovation projects yielded enough remaining funds to install new athletic fields and all weather tracks.
The newest addition to district facilities has been the building of a new continuation high school (Alta Vista High School) campus on property adjacent to the disrict office. The land for this campus is owned by the City of Mountain View but recently leased to the district for a nominal fee.
A wide variety of staff development opportunities including a strong support program for new teachers and veteran teachers new to the district
A focus on restructuring
Modified block scheduling which allows for longer periods on some days
District staffed student Tutorial Center for student drop in
A smoke-free environment for students and staff
Safe, Clean environment
A supportive environment for innovation and creativity
A focus on site-based management
Student counseling program which has received recognition for its comprehensive services
And we could go on .
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