6. Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA
The school website for Monta Vista High School states in part that its Vision is to, “graduate lifelong learners in the pursuit of personal excellence who can adapt to the challenges of the future.” In working to fulfill that objective, the school has achieved a ranking by U.S. News as the number 13 high school in the state of California.
Other rankings and awards include the designation as a Gold Medal School, a STEM ranking of 9, and a ranking in the national 100 best public schools of a 97. SchoolDigger assigns its ranking of 42, and Great Schools gives an enviable grade of 10 out of 10. The Smart Rating of 96 by FindTheBest is also quite impressive.
According to Wikipedia, Monta Vista High School was founded in 1969 and graduated its first class in 1972. The school is one of the larger ones with a high national ranking, with a student body of more than 2,400. Monta Vista is also located in one of the most affluent areas in the country, with an average household income exceeding $100,000.
The school has received some attention for its demographics, with more than 79 percent of the student population being Asian. The movement of families into the area for attendance at the school was the subject of an article by the Wall Street Journal in 2005.
The school got some recognition in 2011 when one of its graduates, Matthew Axelson, a Navy SEAL, was killed in Afghanistan and was awarded the Navy Cross.
Serving as a college preparatory school, the success of its goal of encouraging advanced education produced a 97 percent college acceptance for the Class of 2013. Of these, 81 percent were accepted by four-year colleges or universities.