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Welcome to the District    

Welcome to the Mountain View Los Altos High School District serving high school students and adults in the communities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View.  Since its inception in 1902, our district has a proven record of academic excellence.  Last year, many of our graduates matriculated to the most highly selective colleges and universities in the country, as over 96 percent of our graduating seniors pursue a college degree.  Both our comprehesive high schools ranked as a 10 out of 10 on the California Academic Peformance Index (API)  Our strong scores on Advanced Placement exams, SAT, and SAT II are among the highest in the state.  Newsweek ranked both comprehensive high schools in the top 500 out of over 20,000 high schools in the United States.

Alta Vista, Los Altos, and Mountain View High Schools, as well as our MVLA Adult School, received the maximum six-year accreditation from our Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) state review teams.   

The Alta Vista High School campus was opened in 2006 for students who benefit from this California Model Continuation High School.  Our continuation school is one of many non-traditional options that we offer our students in addition to our two comprehensive high schools. 

Other programs that we make available to our students are a Middle College Program at Foothill Community College, independent study at our MVLA adult school, our online hybrid option, and the Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts and Technology that opened in 2006.  This special program for juniors and seniors has the latest equipment and training for students who want intensive state-of-the-art instruction in all aspects of multi-media production.  Freestyle is supported by The City of Mountain View, Microsoft, Apple, and Adobe.  Google is a major supporter of MVLA programs helping us close the achievement gap and supporting  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)  with a grant of $150,000.

Our adult school serves over 8,000 students in our community providing a full complement of courses and programs.

The MVLA Education Foundation provides additional resources to support our instructional program through the generosity of our parents and the community.  The foundation has committed to raising $1,000,000 this year to fund lower class sizes in English and mathematics, tutorial centers, extended hours for our libraries, high school to college assistance, additional classroom sets of textbooks and college/career centers for our students.  The theme for this year’s foundation fundraising is to give students the tools and assistance to succeed at high school academics and the college and vocational school application process from High School to College and Beyond.

Our schools continue to attract and retain the very best teachers, support staff and administrators.  The district encourages our parents and community to become active partners in the education of our students.  We look forward to working together this academic year in support of our students so that they may grow in mind, body, and spirit.

Thank you for your interest and support of our schools.


Dr. Barry R Groves, Superintendent

Barry Groves

Dr. Barry Groves has served as superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos High School District since July 1, 2006. Previously, Barry was superintendent of the Cambrian School District in San Jose for 14 years. During his career, he has served as an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, curriculum coordinator, consultant, and high school teacher. He earned a B.A .in American Studies and an M.A. degree in education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His Ed.D. and another M.A .degree are in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. He lives in Los Gatos with his wife Julie, and their two boys, Dylan and Holden, who attend Georgetown and UCSD, respectively.