Community Q&A

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    The Mountain View Los Altos High School District (MVLA) recognizes the need for our schools to be good neighbors to the many residents who share our fence lines, streets and community.  This web page is a forum for us to share questions we’ve received from neighbors and community members along with our responses. We will update and expand this Q&A with new queries and information. 

    If you have a question or concern for the MVLA High School District, email: community@mvla.net. We will share your question and our response here. If you wish to receive a personal response, please include your name, contact information, and the details of your concern.

  • Students have been driving too fast down my street. Who should I contact to report this?

    Posted February 1, 2019

    We always encourage students to be safe and courteous on the road, but we cannot control their behaviors off campus. Depending on where you live, here is contact information for the local police departments:

    Mountain View

    The Mountain View Police Department has a non-emergency phone for people to report issues like this: 650-903-6344.

    You can also send a message to MVPD via several social media channels that they monitor, including Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor.

    Los Altos

    The Los Altos Police Department has a general email for community communications: police@losaltosca.gov.

    You can also call the LAPD non-emergency business line (24/7) at 650-947-2770.

  • What is the status of the discussion around possible stadium lights at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools?

    Posted February 1, 2019

    The Mountain View Los Altos High School District (MVLA) recognizes the need for our schools to be good neighbors in the use of stadium lights and amplified sound or public address (PA) systems on our school grounds. The installation of lights at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools will be a significant change for the neighbors, and it is essential that MVLA do all it can to mitigate the impact on the immediate neighborhood.

    MVLA District administrators have been meeting with neighbors for several months to discuss this issue and how a stadium lights policy that serves student and school needs while respecting the impacts on people who live beside or near one of our schools. We formed three working groups to discuss Sound and Lights, Safety and Traffic, and Communications. Based on input, Superintendent Jeff Harding will draft a policy on stadium lights use for the MVLA Board of Trustees to amend or approve.

    We will share updates on the discussions on stadium lights on this page as well as the MVLA homepage.

  • How can I find out about activities on campus?

    Posted February 1, 2019

    We maintain event calendars that include sports competitions, concerts and theatre, parent lectures, holidays, commencement and more.

    Visit the school site for individualized calendars:

    • MVLA Adult School
    • Alta Vista High School
    • Los Altos High School
    • Mountain View High School

  • Is MVLA planning to build a third high school to accommodate growing enrollment?

    Posted February 1, 2019

    The passage of Measure E has provided MVLA funds to build new and renovate existing facilities to meet student enrollment needs. The construction planned should accommodate anticipated student enrollment projections, unless there are more expansions of residential housing in the Mountain View and Los Altos communities, such as the North Bayshore region.

    Mark Twain once said, "Buy land, they're not making it anymore". That literary quote sums up another element of our dilemma. If the need for a third comprehensive high school site was to arise, where would we find available and affordable land to build it? Our district administrators are monitoring enrollment and area growth figures very closely, and are ready to act if and when a third comprehensive high school site may be needed.

  • What are the first and last days of school?

    Posted February 1, 2019

    The last day of the 2018-19 school year is Friday, June 7, 2019. Details on commencement events and other end-of-year activities on our campuses can be found on their websites.

    The first day of the 2019-20 school year is Monday, August 19, 2019. Freshman Orientation and Sophomore-Senior registration days preceded August 19. Details by class will be posted on the schools' websites.

    Our new webpage has an easy-to-use calendar for district and sites events, from first and last days to holidays and special events. You can find it here <<insert link to cal>>