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MVLA superintendent: Student success plays key role in area home sales

Photo Courtesy Of Silicon Valley Association Of Realtors Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, told local realtors recently that the district's students are performing well compared with students in neighboring districts' high schools. Both Los Altos and Mountain View high schools rank among the top on the Academic Performance Index.
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District is among the finest in Silicon Valley and a major factor in the decision of many families to buy a house in the community, according to Superintendent Barry Groves.

Groves appeared at a Silicon Valley Association of Realtors meeting in Los Altos Nov. 25, sharing information comparing Mountain View and Los Altos high schools with neighboring high schools as well as those at state and national levels.

The district has 3,640 students in grades 9-12, 5,000 MVLA Adult School students and 400 employees. Groves noted that the district attracts top teachers, as it offers one of the highest salaries in the state. Nearly 60 percent of its teaching staff has a postgraduate degree.

Groves said the district’s Academic Performance Index score has increased for nine consecutive years. This year, the district improved its score to 860, a six-point gain from last year. Mountain View High’s score of 861 remained unchanged, while Los Altos High scored 875, an 18-point gain from last year. Compared to neighboring high schools, “our students are doing incredibly well,” he said.

The district remains financially solvent as well, Groves said, a result of the district’s basic-aid status, meaning that 85 percent of its funding comes from property taxes.

The district maintains a $50 million budget, and even as the state has reduced funding by $2.3 million over the past two years, the district has been able to retain all classes and programs. Groves said that thanks to the passage of Measure A, a $41 million bond, the district is now able to add 12 new classrooms, which should be in place by August 2013.

Groves said the district expects 200-300 more students to attend Los Altos and Mountain View high schools over the next five years.

Among the district’s six-year goals are aligning the curriculum and grading system, maintaining fiscal stability and enhancing academic achievement in science, technology, engineering and math. The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article.

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