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Monte Vista's Theatre Department offers three different class options: Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Advanced Performance Theatre. Theatre introduces students to all aspects of the stage - acting, directing, and designing. Technical Theatre builds sets for the mainstage productions. Advanced Performance Theatre is a fully-functioning, semi-professional theatre company housed at Monte Vista High School. Students perform in the Fall and Spring shows and run all parts of the company from acting to technical roles.
Contact: Nora Weisz at


The Monarch Royal Brigade is our Band, Color guard, and Drumline program. No experience is required! All groups perform year-round and work with college-level and professional musicians. Students will develop skills that will stay with them after High School. The Royal Brigade offers an accepting environment and develops bonds crucial for navigating High School.
Contact: Charles Jirkovsky at


Monte Vista Choir is dedicated to the improvement of the solo voice through a unique blend of Gospel, R&B, Broadway, and classical technique. Our choir sings at local nursing homes, libraries, and community organizations as part of our community outreach, as well as competing in show choir festivals throughout southern California. We are a Silver and Gold-Awarded choir at the nationally accredited Heritage Festival, an Adjudicator award winner for favorite choir, a three time Merit Award winner for best soloists and performers, a So-Cal Invitational Show Choir festival Award winner for Audience favorite, and a two time Best Soloist Award winner. We are proud to have a unique voice in the community and we are dedicated to the idea that music and creative expression is for everyone.


Ms. Lori Trim (


The Visual Arts at Monte Vista encompasses three different programs. We offer:
  • 2D Drawing and Painting & AP Studio Art
  • 3D Design Art Studio 
  • Game Design Pathway & Digital Media
Students in the AP class submit a portfolio of 24 artworks to the College Board in May. Students also have multiple opportunities to display their artwork on campus and throughout the local and regional community. Monte Vista has had student work in the prestigious San Diego County Art Association Art Show, the annual Grossmont District Parkway Plaza Art Show, the PTSA regional shows, as well as multiple shows throughout the year on our campus. Students are also given opportunities to work with professional artists through the Wieghorst Museum partnership and past jewelry design competitions with Golden Artistry in La Mesa. Field trips are taken to Balboa Park museums as well as to game design companies to expand upon their knowledge of what is current in the art world. Our goal is to give the students the skills and techniques they will need to produce high quality art as well as the exposure to historical and contemporary art that will inform their work well past their time here at Monte Vista.
Contact: Nicole Jenkins at