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About Us

About Us

Our Mission: To promote a superior academic environment for the students at Monte Vista High School, to recognize academic achievement within the student body, to support the faculty, and to raise funds for said purposes. 

Monte Vista Academic Boosters is a parent supported, non-profit 501(c)3 corporation (Tax ID 68-0260241​) that directly benefits the Monte Vista academic program. Our primary goal is to fund additional class sections at Monte Vista. By doing this, we accomplish two important goals. First, your donations help Monte Vista deliver and maintain our national recognized, highly rated academic program. The breadth and depth in our program offerings give our students opportunities to learn beyond the limitations of many local private schools. Second, the additional class sections help reduce student/teacher ratios which strengthens the teaching environment for the benefit of students with all learning styles. 

Adding extra class sections is costly and is completely dependent on the generosity of Monte Vista parents and guardians. Historically, Monte Vista Academic Boosters have been able to fund 16-18 class sections every year and we continue to strive towards that goal.  

Our 2022-23 Funding & Support Goals: 

Our 2022-23 Funding & Support Goals: 

  • Fund 17 class sections (raising approximately $440,000 in donations)
  • Fund extended College & Career Advisement hours
  • Recognize Honor Roll students for their achievement
  • Coordinate SAT, ACT preparation & college essay classes
  • Co-host district-wide College Night that draws hundreds of college representatives from all over the nation
  • Host General Meetings for all parents and guardians to learn about MVHS, graduation requirements, latest developments at SRVUSD and the road to college applications. See EVENTS & RESOURCES tab for meeting dates and times. ​
Executive Board

Executive Board

Lisa Gross & Jen Lindsay -
Erika Goldstein -
Amy Gratteau -
Cristin Sanchez -
Danielle McKay -​
​Rosanna Lai & Marie Chen -
Leigh Ann Campbell & Lili Tseng -
Amy Gratteau -


Renee Ziegenfus, Anrea Sui -

​​Jennifer Smith, Kathy Grover -
Honor Roll Awards

​Classes & Testing
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a section?
A. A section is one class taught during one period, all year.  For example, a student’s 4th period English class is one section.  Each full-time teacher teaches 5 sections each day; each student takes 6 or 7 sections each day. The cost for one section this year is approximately $24,400.

Q. Which classes does Academic Boosters pay for?
A. Each year, Academic Boosters makes a funding commitment to the Monte Vista administration the end of May. The administration determines which classes will be added based on student need. 

Q. If Monte Vista parents raise enough money to purchase a large number of sections, will that reduce the amount that the district gives our school?
A. When asked this question, prior Superintendent Steve Enoch replied, “The funding level provided to schools is based on student enrollment, not parent contributions. The district very much appreciates the role that parents play at Monte Vista and at other schools in the district as well.”

Q. If I donate, do I get any tax advantages?
A. Yes, Monte Vista Academic Boosters is a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization (tax ID 68-0260241). All cash donations are 100% tax-deductible to the full extent the law allows for the calendar year in which you make your contributions. For stock donations, please consult your tax advisor. 

Q. Can I donate online, by credit card?
A. Yes, through 

Q. How do I pursue Corporate Matching funds?
A.  Many employers offer Corporate Matching, which matches your donation dollar for dollar. This means your donation can be worth double. Corporate Matching consistently funds an additional 1-1.5 class sections a year and can be requested directly from your company. If you need help, or have questions, please email

Q. Should my student sign up for the FREE ACT/SAT Combo Practice Test Class?
A. Most colleges accept either the SAT or the ACT, however, many students do not know which one is best for them. This exclusive free class for Academic Booster donors is offered only to students whose parents donate $495 or more. This class is a two-part class that allows your sophomore or junior student to take an ACT/SAT Combo Practice Test, with sections from both tests. The first session is the mock-test session, then students return to learn proven, test taking strategies to help them improve their scores. This class is our most popular class and fills quickly!  This is PRACTICE only.  No scores are shared with anyone but the student.

Q: How do I sign up for the FREE ACT/SAT Combo Practice Test Class?
A: In early September, an email will be sent to all eligible donors who expressed interest during the donation process. Instructions on how to sign up for the free spot(s) will be detailed in this email. Please add us to your Contacts, so we don't end up in the Junk Mail.