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About Mountain View Academy 


Mountain View Academy is a ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. MVA is a college-preparatory school serving students from the San Francisco Bay and various International Countries in grades 9-12.  MVA offers a balanced approach to Education that fosters the development of the whole student – spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social-emotional – a process that spans a lifetime. Our goal is to partner with the Home and Church to prepare learners to be good citizens in this world and for eternity.

MVA Mission Statement

The mission of Mountain View Academy is to enable learners to develop a life of faith in God, and to use their knowledge, skills, and understanding to serve God and Humanity. By partnering with the home and church, MVA provides a challenging college-preparatory Christian education for a culturally diverse student body in a contemporary Christian environment.

MVA Purpose

Our purpose is to educate the whole person by nurturing the development of the student’s spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical potential. For every student to excel in faith, learning, and service by blending biblical truth and academic achievement to honor God and bless others.

MVA Philosophy

Mountain View Academy believes that God is the source of all knowledge and wisdom. In the beginning, God created in His image a perfect humanity, a perfection later marred by sin. Education in its broadest sense is a means of returning human beings to their original relationship with God. Through a balanced approached, Adventist Christian Education fosters the development of the whole person – spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social-emotional – a process that spans a lifetime. Our goal is to partner with the home, church, and school to prepare learners to be good citizens in this world and for eternity.

WASC Accreditation And Affiliation

Mountain View Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Board of Regents of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

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Statement Of Non-Discriminatory Policy

Mountain View Academy does not discriminate against race, color, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Non-Discriminatory Admission Policy

Mountain View Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Why Mountain View Academy

Mountain View Academy exemplifies excellence in education. Through our challenging curriculum, over 95% of our students attend college after graduation. MVA offers our students extra-curricular activities in athletics, art, music, and community service. Additionally, MVA provides activities with spiritual emphasis that build upon their foundation in Christ. Our low student-to-teacher ratio (12 to 1) gives our teachers the flexibility to provide differentiated instruction.

Top 10 Reasons to Enroll at Mountain View Academy

Christian (Adventist) Environment

Mountain View Academy was founded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a ministry of the church. Our religious beliefs are based upon the Bible which formed the 28 Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-Adventist Church. MVA strives to help our students build a Christian foundation with Jesus Christ.

97% Graduation Rate

MVA has a success rate of student graduates. Our students are challenged with a curriculum that prepares them for their college education. Many of our graduates pursue a career in Professional Services such as Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Teachers, and Business Owners. They are accepted to Top Universities across the country and become successful leaders in our society.

95% MVA Graduates Attend College

MVA graduates have been accepted to private and public colleges and universities throughout the United States. Graduates have also been accepted to institutions around the world. We have a unique partnership with our Adventist Universities such as Pacific Union College, La Sierra University, and Loma Linda University, where many of our students have attended and graduated. In addition to our Adventist Universities, we have students that go on to other colleges and universities such as Azusa Pacific, Virginia Tech, our California UC Schools – UC Davis, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, and local schools such as San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, and Stanford, just to name a few. We are so proud of our MVA student’s accomplishments.

Student Teacher Ratio

MVA has a low student to teacher ratio which helps with differentiated instruction. The average ratio of teacher to student is 1 to 12.

MVA Community Service

MVA offers various local and international community service projects for its students. Students have been involved in service in areas such as San Francisco, Oakland, and other Bay Area cities or counties. Additionally, MVA has a strong history of over 20 years of serving various international countries.

Family Environment

Once a student attends MVA, they are part of the family. Whether a student attends for 1 year or 4, students consider MVA their second home during their high school career. Due to the low student to teacher ratio, MVA is able to provide a more family environment. Teachers genuinely care about student success and create an environment that help students succeed not only in academics but in life.

Qualification Of Teachers

MVA teachers have chosen to be certified in their specific subject areas because they are passionate about that subject. They love what they are teaching and continue to grow in their areas which translates to the classroom for students to receive a relevant academic experience for their future.

Spirituality Of Staff

Teaching at MVA is more than just academic education, it is a holistic approach that encompasses all areas of life including Christ as our cornerstone of life. Our teachers are dedicated to their own spiritual walk with Christ which helps them educate our students not only for life as adults but for eternity.

College Preparatory School

Our goal is to help our students explore their gifts, passions, and interests so they are able to choose careers after high school that help them become who God created them to be. Students that graduate from Mountain View Academy are academically prepared for College and are encouraged to pursue higher education, whatever that looks like for them.

Safe Environment Over Location

MVA takes the safety of every student seriously and is intentional in creating a family-friendly environment so that students can feel safe and can learn. When students feel safe to be themselves, they are able to grow in all aspects of their lives. While MVA is centrally located in the San Francisco South Bay Area, we aim to create a respite in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley.

Mountain View Academy History

The beginning foundation of Mountain View Academy can be seen in the importance of Christian Education for many Seventh-day Adventist families that journeyed to Mountain View, California. In 1904, several Seventh-day Adventist families arrived in the area with the relocation of the Pacific Press Publishing Association from Oakland to Mountain View. Several families desired to have their children receive a Christian education so that they might “grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” With that, the SDA church established an elementary school in 1906.

As the first students progressed in their education, the need for a secondary school became apparent. Mountain View Union Academy was established in 1918 and graduated its first Class of 1923. The block bounded by Dana Street, California Street, Mountain View Avenue, and Shoreline Boulevard has been the continuous site of the school. The original two-room structure was expanded as needed until it became too unwieldy, and a better plant was planned.

A new structure was built in 1968, with a chapel, auditorium, print shop and home economics room added as time went on.