About Us


Nearly 27,000 people live in Imperial Beach, the “most southwesterly city in the continental United States.” The city is bordered by the Tijuana Estuary National Wildlife Refuge to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west. According to the 2010 census, approximately 36% of the population identifies as white, 49% as Hispanic, 4.4% as African-American, 6.6% as Asian/Pacific Islander, and 4% other ethnicities. The median income in Imperial Beach is $46,574.

School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2013-2014)

Mar Vista High School has served students in grades 9-12 from the local community since 1950. Today more than 1600 students participate in a variety of programs including the Distinguished Honor NJROTC Program and the Golden Bell Award-Winning Poseidon Academy.

MVH is an Advancement by Individual Determination (AVID) National Demonstration Site. The school considers its mission to be focused on preparing students to capitalize on various opportunities following graduation. Key’s to this mission are the goals of enhancing students’ proficiency in academic language as well as the ongoing involvement of family members in students’ academic progress.

The school has an extensive Advanced Placement Program. In 2008 its AP Spanish Language program earned accolades from the College Board for having some of the best results in the country. The only two swimming pools in the district are housed at MVH, and students participate in numerous extracurricular activities beyond the traditional school day.

The campus is active before 7 a.m. to well after 6 p.m. every day. A variety of supplemental funding sources complement the regular school program and students are exposed to college preparatory work including SAP preparation. More than one in four MVH students are identified English Learners and more than 75% of MVH students are eligible for free- or reduced-priced lunches.


The academic program is organized on a rotating block schedule. Seven credits per semester is the maximum course load; students take six 110-minute block classes, and one 35 minute study period. Students attend 3 block classes and one study period class daily. Block classes are year-long; each block class meets every other day. Block scheduling was instituted in 2005.

AP courses are offered in, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, United States Government, U.S. History, World History, Spanish Literature and Spanish Language. AP is an open-enrollment program.

Honors classes are offered in English 11, English 12, Math Analysis, US History, Physics and Chemistry.
College Programs-The Compact For Success: A guaranteed admissions program between San Diego State University and the Sweetwater Union High School District. Students who meet the Compact for Success requirements ( GPA, coursework, test scores) are guaranteed admission to SDSU.

Grading and Ranking

  • A – Excellent 90 – 100 4.0
  • B – Above 80 – 89 3.0
  • C – Average 70 – 79 2.0
  • D – Below Average 60 – 69 2.0
  • F – Failure 59 or below 0.0

GPA Calculation– GPA is computed using the above quality points. Beginning with grade 9, all subjects, whether passed or failed, are included in the computation. A minimum of 44 credits is required for graduation. In addition to the required 44 credits, each student must complete 30 hours community of service. AP and Honors classes are weighted by one additional point. Grades are recorded on the students transcript and the grade point average is computed in January and June.