Founded in 1971, Mountain View High School is located on a spacious, well-maintained 40-acre campus in El Monte, California. Lying in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, El Monte is located 12 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and 10 miles southeast of Pasadena. Historically known as “The End of the Santa Fe Trail”, El Monte is now a residential, commercial, and industrial city nestled in eastern Los Angeles County. Mountain View High School (MVHS) is one of five comprehensive high schools within the El Monte Union High School District (EMUHSD) and serves students from the cities of El Monte and South El Monte.
The majority of our students transition into MVHS from Kranz Intermediate School and Madrid Middle School, both of which are part of the Mountain View School District. Several noteworthy alumni from Mountain View High School include California State Assembly member Norma J. Torres, representing the 35th District, NBC Dateline TV producer Luz Villarreal, Writer/ TV producer Chris Abrego, South El Monte City Council member Angelica Garcia, former El Monte City School District Board Member Bobby Salcedo, actress/model Emily Rios, USC journalism professor Laura Castañeda, and Mountain View School District board members Adam Carranza and Jacqueline Saldaña. Another alumni, Marisol Heredia, was the first female Hispanic killed in action in Afghanistan. Ms. Heredia was recognized posthumously by the federal government and the El Monte Post Office was renamed in her honor. Also noteworthy are our nineteen alumni (approximately 15% of our total staff) who currently work at MVHS: 11 certificated and 8 classified.
Mountain View High School is located in the southeastern portion of the El Monte Union High School District. The buildings and classrooms of the 45-year-old campus are in good condition. There are 78 classrooms, a library/media center, a career center with an adjacent computer lab, a parent center, a multi-media lab, a student-run bank, a math computer lab, a family and consumer science computer lab, five mobile computer carts, three iPad carts, and six Chromebook carts. Six more Chromebook carts have been ordered in an effort to bring the schoolwide ratio to 3:1 (3 students per computer/laptop). Funding through E-rate money and Categorical Programs (General Fund, Title I, EIA, ARRA, California Partnership Academy, CTE and/or Perkins) has been used to upgrade technology throughout the campus, including the purchase of projectors, document cameras, and the aforementioned computer labs and mobile carts. MVHS administration is committed to fund a minimum of three Chromebook carts a year.
The district and site staffs are committed to understanding and helping all students achieve academic success. As part of its mission, EMUHSD has adopted the phrase “Believe in the Power of Education”. Additionally, MVHS is committed to the development of a “Career and College Going Culture”. The Mountain View staff understands that the responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all students is an ongoing process requiring reflection on instructional practices, program offerings that align with the school and District missions, and adequate support to meet student goals.