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Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District Reviews

Updated 15 Jun 2018

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    "Corrupt, Toxic, Unlawful Environment at Los Altos"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Altos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Excellent pay and benefits. Best in the state. -Money is poured into new facilities. -Students are very well-behaved. -Mountain View HS sounds like a good place to work.

    Cons

    -Corrupt: if you have a student who has parents with power, money, or influence, admin will believe them before even asking for your side of the story. -Toxic: new teachers feel like they either have to bend to the will of parents and therefore feel like they're always walking on eggshells. -Unlawful: admin will change grades of students if parents complain enough. This is illegal under state law. -Huge... turnover: Los Altos HS has hired at least four new math teachers EVERY year for the past four years. -Unprofessional: teachers don't feel like a professional there because the moment you try to include any reasonable amount of rigor in so-called honors or AP classes, parents will complain about student stress and admin will come down on you hard and pressure you to make classes easier.

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    Advice to Management

    Find and hire teachers who will bend to your will. Don't waste time bringing in teachers who actually want to teach students to meet high standards and then fire them a year or two later.

    Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District2018-06-16
  2. "Great school to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District part-time

    Pros

    Great staff, wonderful principal and wonderful teachers

    Cons

    No cons for Mountain View High School

    Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District2017-07-16
  3. "Pleasant Atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District part-time

    Pros

    Working with students is extremely rewarding!

    Cons

    More Communication would be helpful...

    Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District2017-02-23
  4. Helpful (1)

    "High Pay, High Stress at Los Altos High"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Altos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    +High pay, great benefits +Usually nice, supportive parents +Great funding, never run out of supplies +Very nice facilities, students are generally well-behaved

    Cons

    -High attrition rate; LAHS in the last three years has a dozen new teachers each year -Stressful evaluations/tenure track: some departments have less than 50% tenure rate -Admin cannot figure out who they want to keep when they hire teachers -Students are generally intelligent but often overestimate their knowledge and therefore end up in classes that are too hard for them and thus teachers are pressured by... parents and admin to lower standards -Parents, while generally really nice, also overestimate their children's abilities so when students get grades they aren't happy with, they blame teachers' alleged shortcomings as opposed to students either not being well prepared enough or just taking too many honors and AP classes

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    Advice to Management

    Figure out who you want to keep when you hire people. Kicking out more teachers than you keep doesn't reflect well on the district. Back teachers up more when parents complain.

    Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District2016-07-29
  5. "teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The teachers and administration are very supportive.

    Cons

    The students and parents' expectations are very high.

    Advice to Management

    They are good.

    Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District2016-06-30
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    "Great school district to work for!"

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    Teacher in Los Altos, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District for more than a year

    Pros

    It is absolutely rewarding to work with supportive colleagues and diverse study body. Offers one of the highest pays in the nation. Collaborative environment

    Cons

    Depending on your class, some classes tend to get very large and it's hard to focus on each individual student. Some parents are annoying to deal with

    Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District2016-05-06
  7. "Athletic training"

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    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District

    Pros

    Helping other kids accomplish their dreams and helping them get back up so they can continue and proceed with their careers

    Cons

    The downside of this job is when you have to tell the kids that they can't play that sport any longer, it is like their dreams are being crushed.

    Advice to Management

    Some words of advice would be, For you to choose me as part of your team, you will not regret your decision.

    Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District2016-04-15
  8. "Teacher at MVLA district"

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    Current Employee - SecondaryTeacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District full-time

    Pros

    Strong support from administration, smart and professional colleagues, professional development and tech opportunities, opportunities for collaboration, excellent pay and benefits, support for part time workers, strong growth mind set, variety of opportunities outside the classroom, high expectations

    Cons

    Some department politics are detrimental, pace of growth could be faster, school is expanding so it is hard to get to know the staff, collaboration does not always happen effectively, suspension rate of latino students is concerning, work/life balance can be challenging,

    Advice to Management

    Management response to some culture problems could be stronger

    Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District2014-04-30
  9. "Great students and wonderful coworkers"

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    Current Employee - SecondaryTeacher in Los Altos, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most of the teachers here are very intelligent and passionate about what they do. Most of the students are very driven to succeed academically. The atmosphere is positive and supportive.

    Cons

    There is sort of an expectation that you will work a little harder than an average teacher since the pay is better. But it is just an expectation. It is fairly difficult to get tenured here (as compared to most schools that tenure everyone). I would say that they fire over half of their new hires after a year or two.

    Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District2013-05-05
  10. "It has been acceptable."

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    Student in Mesa, AZ

    I have been working at Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District

    Pros

    The people are good and friendly

    Cons

    The hours can be a little interfering

    Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District2011-05-23
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