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Special Distinctions


MCHS continues to have a highly dedicated and capable staff

MCHS teachers continually participate in professional growth and collaboration to help foster student achievement

Numerous teachers have advanced degrees and have been recipients of numerous teaching awards

Curriculum and Programs

Advanced Placement courses: fourteen in seven subject areas, now including AP Music, plus honors classes in every discipline

An integrated English/Humanities course: prepares all students for a global perspective through the study of four major regions of the world

Multiple Career Technology Courses: Auto Technology, Culinary Arts, Sports Medicine & Athletic Training, and Translation Services

Senior English Selectives: allows seniors to select an emphasis of study for their Senior year 

Advocacy class: meets four days a week, provides students with academic and personal support throughout their four years

Puma Resources Program: involves students as mentors, leaders, tutors and counselors for their peers

After school Tutoring: a special program designed to help struggling freshmen transition and succeed in high school

Variety of courses and clubs: many recognize student achievement including Academic Decathlon, Journalism, Speech and Debate, Poetry Out loud, Odyssey of the Mind, and Junior Statesman of America

Athletic Teams: 45% of the student body competes on an athletic team; the women’s soccer team was nationally ranked #1 in 2012


State-of-the-art Automotive Technology Facility with diagnostic computer lab

Professional level Culinary Arts Facility with Catering Program

Innovative and current technology including, LCD projectors, iPads, Apple TV’s, and ELMO document cameras

Achievements and Awards

Honored as a California Distinguished High School for the second time in 2012

Academic Performance Index (API) score for 2012-2013 was 866--the highest of any comprehensive public high school in Sonoma County

Students attend the top universities and colleges in the nation

Both the Band and Choir Programs regularly win top awards at numerous festivals and competitions

MCHS Jazz Choir continues to be invited to perform in places such as Carnegie Hall, New York and Jeju, South Korea

Students continually win Press Democrat Youth Service Awards in a variety of areas

Culinary Arts students have won the Chefs of Tomorrow contest, sponsored by the Sonoma County Lodging Association, and participated in the Santa Rosa Parade Iron Chef, Harvest Fair and Skills USA competitions

Automotive Technology and Culinary Arts students consistently earn gold medals in the regional SkillsUSA competitions, allowing them to compete at the state level

Journalism, Leadership, and Speech and Debate students continue to earn top awards annually

The MCHS Science Department regularly has students compete and win at the Sonoma County Science Fair, the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair, and the California State Science Fair