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Mar Vista Senior High School

10 reviews
505 Elm Avenue
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
(619) 628-5700

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This school has a few outstanding teachers who are committed and effective, but the majority are jaded and burned out by the Sweetwater District system and the low standards of the surrounding community. This is really sad for the students who are motivated and capable of learning. It's possible for a student to do well academically and socially here, but not without extreme perseverance and discipline. The courses are still challenging, the advanced ones, but there are less resources and crowded classes. A lot of students sign up for advanced classes who are unqualified, so this puts a lot of pressure on teachers who are sick of dealing with discipline and incompetence. This school exemplifies inequity in education. It is underfunded, the administration is constantly changing, teachers are not supported by administration, counsellors are overloaded, poverty is high, students are high (in class), and it takes ton of grit to get through a place like this. Fortunately, if you can make it through Mar Vista, college and "real life" should be easier.
Posted by a student on 2/16/2020
I went here and loved it! Now my daughter is a sophomore and she has her struggles, but it’s all about what she puts into it. Teachers have always been there to help and let her turn in assignments she missed. Counselors are amazing and there for the kids! I’m overall pleased with the school and what they offer. I wish there was more money going to the school to help in areas where they are lacking in order to have more tutoring opportunities and to help improve the look of the campus also.
Posted by a parent on 1/21/2020
Let just be clear, Mar Vista High is a terrible school. There really is no denying it. I'm just a freshman and I already hate this school, you don't really learn anything in any classes, most of the staff don't really care about any of the students, and the enviroment in this school is just plain "hostile". Most of the students don't really care or even plan on going to college. Students talk back at teachers, and most of the teachers won't do anything about it. This school is basically out of control. I littearly see kids every day ditching classes and still getting passing grades. Students can't "fail" a class, so there is no room for growth and mature.In short words, this school screams out"failiure" right at you.If you are a good student that finds the curiculum in this school way too easy, forget about asking to be changed to much more advanced classes. As I said before: in this school, there is no room for growth and mature.Now keep in mind that this is my opinion, but if you want your kids to succeed and graduate out of a good high school that teaches you something, I would suggest you look elsewhere.
Posted by a student on 1/24/2018
If I could give Mar Vista zero stars, I would. This is absolutely the worst school you could send your children too. The administration and counselors are the least productive and helpful people you'll ever meet. If you ask for any sort of special treatment, such as a schedule change, they will try to make your life difficult and call you "a spoiled rich, white kid". They are also extremely condescending, to both students and parents. Mar Vista sent out an incorrect official transcript to my universities and jeopardized my chances of getting into a good college. Some of the teachers are just as bad, telling freshman they can't take higher level classes because they're underclassmen, even if they have cleared prerequisites. Besides this, the campus is a disaster and has almost no security, students jump fences as they please. Mar Vista is possibly one of the worst schools in California.
Posted by a student on 7/18/2017
Most of the students are either kids who care ALOT or kids who don't care that much. Teachers are good, but the best teachers are the ones who teach AP courses, or engineering/robotics. Students have tons of resources to succeed scholarship opportunities are posted monthly, counselers are so supportive and active in academics that it's excessive, and the only real problem with the school is that some kids just don't try, and they give up and they think they just can't succeed because they either come from a low income family or don't have the support at home.
Posted by a student on 6/13/2017

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Imperial Beach schools - Mar Vista Senior High School is located at 505 Elm Avenue, Imperial Beach CA 91932. Mar Vista Senior High School is in the Sweetwater Union High School District. Mar Vista Senior High School is a Public school that serves grade levels 9-12.

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