Who We Are
The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation invests in a learning environment that empowers all students to thrive and succeed in Mountain View and Los Altos High Schools. Donations are tax deductible, as we are a nonprofit public benefit 501(c)3 corporation — Tax ID number 94-2848-246.
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2016-17 Annual Report ›
2017 Back-to-school Video ›
Short Subject Videos ›
– PSAT Overview
– Tutorial Centers
– Class Size Reduction
– College and Career Centers
– Learning in the Cloud
Progress to Goal
Thanks to our Foundation’s Family of Supporters the MVLA Foundation is close to achieving the $1,704,000 it needs to fully fund this school year’s initiatives which benefit all students.
Parents: If you haven’t yet made your donation for the 2017-18 school year, please consider the value to your student of the programs and services our foundation funds, and give what you can. We strive for 100% participation from district families and hope you will join our Family of Supporters to help us meet this year’s goal!
AVID PEAK program
The majority of MVLA AVID students will be the first in their family to go to college and pursue a career in business, law, tech, medicine or other field. These students have ambition and talent but don’t always have exposure to professional careers and workplaces from family and friends that could lead them to peak performance. The PEAK program works to bridge this gap by organizing visits to local companies, job shadowing and internships. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, an internationally recognized program designed to prepare high-potential high school students for success in four-year universities.
This and last year, the PEAK program helped more than 100 MVLA PEAK students visit Facebook, Adobe, LinkedIn, El Camino Hospital, Sobrato and many other companies and employers in the Silicon Valley. The visits are arranged by MVLA’s AVID staff with funding support from the MVLA Foundation.
“The experiences we provide AVID students through PEAK are invaluable,” said Darya Larizadeh, who oversees MVLA’s PEAK program. “They help build confidence, enable students to flex their networking muscles, and most of all, expose them to a wide variety of careers and professionals. It is incredibly rewarding to see students’ faces beam as they show their polished resumes to recruiters at our mock career fair or see their confidence grow after they summon the courage to ask a company executive a question. This award recognizes the hard work of many people, especially our wonderful students.”
Computer Science Field Trip
Funded by an Innovative Learning Grant from the MVLA Foundation, teachers Brendan Dilloughery and Ly Nguyen chaperoned a trip of about 40 Computer Science students to South San Francisco for a Computer Science fair in early March. The students learned about career and education opportunities in the field of CS and had some hands-on fun with virtual reality and other tech.
News & Info
- AVID PEAK program wins Hoffman Award, MVLA Press Release, March 7, 2018
- Superintendent’s Leadership Circle Town Hall Breakfast Photos, March 1, 2018
- Support the realtors who support our schools. Check out our 2018 Honor Roll of Realtors.
- LACF Grant Drawing Winner directs donation to MVLA, August 2017.
- Local teachers use eclipse to celebrate wonder of science, Town Crier August 16, 2017.
- Space Science Soars at MVHS, Innovative Learning Grant Project, MV Voice July 21, 2017.
- MVLA Foundation Breaks Fundraising Record, Town Crier June 21, 2017.
- Urban Farm Takes Root at Alta Vista High School, Innovative Learning Grant Project, Town Crier May 31, 2017.
- LAHS Students Decode the Mysteries of Biodiversity, Innovative Learning Grant Project, Town Crier May 17, 2017.
- From Composition to Concert, Innovative Learning Grant Project, Town Crier April 12, 2017.
- Extended Library Hours, Oracle, Feb 10, 2017.
- AVID expands, students grow, Oracle, Feb 10, 2017.
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What People Say About the Foundation…
“As a result of the foundation’s investment in the College and Career Centers, more of our students are gaining admission into their first choice colleges.”
– Dr. Jeff Harding, MVLA Superintendent
“The Foundation has allowed our high schools to maintain the best possible learning environment for all of our students… We would not be the schools that we are today without the support of the MVLA Foundation.”
– Wynne Satterwhite, LAHS Principal
“On Naviance I could see what GPAs and test scores it took to get into to each college, and I created a list of schools realistic for me.”
– MVLA High School Foundation Student
“Smaller classe sizes enable teachers to spend more time with each student and better cater to multiple learning styles. We can build personal rapport and help our 9th grade students as they mature and adapt to the demands of high school.”
– MVLA High School District Teacher
“The Tutorial Center has really been my daughter’s lifeline in honors and AP chem. Thanks!”
– MVLA High School District Parent