Average 4.34 based on 84 teacher ratings
Scott Deruiter is a Math teacher at Monta Vista High School located in Cupertino, California and part of Fremont Union High School District. Scott Deruiter's 84 teacher ratings contributes to Monta Vista High School's ranking of 1,357 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Monta Vista High School is 3.82 stars.
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If you need help, he'll take the time to help you. The curve is pretty small but a lot of people get As anyway. Best in class AP prep by far of any teacher I've seen. We prepped for over a month and came out way over-prepared (not a bad thing).

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Expect to get a B in calculus BC if you have Mr. Deruiter, but I say that in the best way possible. Mr. Deruiter is not a person who doesnt teach then give impossible exams. In fact, I have learned more from Mr. Deruiter than I feel I have learned throughout high school math. He is a great teacher, and is always willing to help. If you are willing to put in the time and the effort, he will definitely help you get an A and do his very best to make sure you succeed.

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Helpful, but difficult. Make sure you know the solutions to every problem on the previous year's practice test and you should be fine for Calc BC, because he usually just changes the numbers. If he mentions any algebraic trick NOTE IT DOWN, as he will test on it or some variation of it. Make sure you understand all the concepts thoroughly and ask for clarification if you don't. He is a little intimidating, so it can take a while to get used to his approach.

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Mr. Deruiter is one of the best Math Department teacher at Monta Vista. He organizes his class in a way which nearly leads you to excel. A tip, hoping he doesn't change this convention later on. When he is reviewing solutions from exams, and he states that so and so problems were commonly missed, ensure you note that problem down as he is likely to examine you on that particular problem again. When I had Mr. Deruiter for Calc BC most of our flashcard quizzes were designed that way.

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All these NACLs that claim Mr Drootr is bad in any way because they couldn't get their A's in the class. Scott Drootr is one of the best teachers in MV. His tests are fair and he is a gr8 teacher. Trust me m8.

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Terrible APCS teacher. Gives easy practice tests but the real test is much harder; gives an unreasonable amount of test questions in a short 45 minute period.

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Super unfair teacher

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Mr. DeRuiter is the man who made me fall in love with math. His clarity is matched only by his willingness to help: he would answer my questions with a smile on his face. This man's dedication to his job is unmatched by any teacher's that I have had previously (save for maybe Kim). BC Calc is not an easy class, but DeRuiter will breeze you through the AP test and make seemingly foreign concepts surprisingly understandable. I personally found FC quizzes to be very helpful for the AP exam.

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Mr. DeRuiter is the man who made me fall in love with math. His clarity is matched only by his willingness to help: he would answer my questions with a smile on his face. This man's dedication to his job is unmatched by any teacher's that I have had previously (save for maybe Kim). BC Calc is not an easy class, but DeRuiter will breeze you through the AP test and make seemingly foreign concepts surprisingly understandable. I personally found FC quizzes very helpful for the AP exam.

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Mr. DeRuiter is the man who made me fall in love with math. His clarity is matched only by his willingness to help: he would answer my questions with a smile on his face. This man's dedication to his job is unmatched by any teacher's that I have had previously (save for maybe Kim). BC Calc is not an easy class, but DeRuiter will breeze you through the AP test and make seemingly foreign concepts surprisingly understandable. I personally found FC quizzes very helpful for the AP exam.

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Mr. DeRuiter is the man who made me fall in love with math. His clarity is matched only by his willingness to help: he would answer my questions with a smile on his face. This man's dedication to his job is unmatched by any teacher's that I have had previously (save for maybe Kim). BC Calc is not an easy class, but DeRuiter will breeze you through the AP test and make seemingly foreign concepts surprisingly understandable. I personally found FC quizzes very helpful for the AP exam.

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He prepares you VERY well for the AP tests of both APCS and Calculus, but is definitely better at teaching calculus. I've learned more in his classes than in any of my other classes at MV!

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APCS isn't the most difficult class, but I felt that he relied too much on the students learning the material themselves. Many people felt that his class was really just boring. For me, I struggled on many of the programs, yet constantly got one of the highest scores on tests. Because of this, I would say to get every possible point on labs because when finals come, and you have a high test grade and low lab grade, it is hard to get an A. (The final goes into the test category. Odd weighting...)

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Mr. DeRuiter is the best teacher I've ever had at MV. He knows his stuff really well. There are five practice tests for every chapter test, and they are almost identical to the actual exam. If you do these practice tests and understand every problem, you're basically guaranteed an A for every test. However, flash card tests were hard for me and I have gotten pretty bad scores .. :) calc's the only class where I actually learn anything jr yr

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I had Mr.DeRuiter for computer science. He's still pretty new, but has gotten good. I don't feel like he explains enough concepts in class (eg: most of your learning is assigned reading), but when he does explain, it is always super clear. Tests are challenging for how much he teaches you in class, but is easily counteracted with the 40% assignment category. Also, something like 75% of the students receive 5's on the AP test, so not a bad teacher!

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He's a VERY strict teacher but he does teach. In APCS, he mostly relies on people reading the textbook rather than him teaching. In APCalc, he teaches much more than Stark does but it is harder to get an A.

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Great teacher!

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very, VERY strict in java :P and he's always in a bad mood. once, he gave someone a 7 out of 10 for a program and the student said ughh hes so mean. all students after him couldnt get above an 8 LOL

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He's funny and can sort of teach. APCS test was pretty easy after taking his class. However, the tests you take in his class will drop your grade a lot, so make sure to get 100% on the programs.

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Exceptional math teacher but not so much on JAVA. Even if u have programming skills already his tests can easily lower your grades. Class topics could be taught a little better.

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Awesome teacher. You really do learn a lot from him if you have him for calculus

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had him for apcs last year. didnt really teach much so we had to learn everything ourselves. i hear he's pretty good for calc tho.

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meh....doesnt help much outta class.

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he may not seem like it, but mr. deruiter is a nice guy, and if u get him (at least for BC) make sure u stay because to be honest, I learned more in that class than prob any other math class.

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he is rude and condescending. he is not understanding and doesn't care about students. if you get him, you should switch out to stark.

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Had him for APCS and he didn't really teach much of the material. Really good for calculus though. I'd recommend him if you want a solid calculus background.

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was pretty bad for APCS, but it was his first year after all. luckily the AP test was very easy

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his way of teaching java was to have the class take notes from really long lessons. no idea how to study for final. frazier would have been waaaaay better.

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ill be a bit lenient on him since this is his first year teaching apcs; didnt really teach the concepts and not many people have A's in his class

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Had him for C . He's nice, but only 2-3 people in our class have As right now.

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Well, I almost felt sorry for him due to his lack of knowledge of JAVA. You could find him stumbling at words and making new words up when he didnt know something. He cannot teach JAVA. Get Frazier.

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I had him for 3 years now (JAVA, Calc BC, and APCS). He's a very good man and loves to make corny jokes to help you remember things, but his knowledge of the JAVA language is shallow for an instructor

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He's a GREAT teacher, but he's a very annoying person. Quite very condescending to people who don't get it immediately, but those are so few since he teaches so well. overall: recommended

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If you have him for JAVA, you might be in trouble. He is a VERY nice teacher and sometimes funny, but doesnt know much about JAVA. He even tells you to go ask your parents for help... Class is easy

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He's a better Calc teacher than a compsci teacher. I had him last semester for calc and now for APCS. Get him for calc any day, but he doesn't really teach for compsci.

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ALL Monta Vista Calculus BC students are fearful they won't get into a UC or a elite private school. Deruiter uses this fear to get students to study hard. He is NOT a great teacher, just very shrewd

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Best math teacher at MV. The class is not too easy, but the AP test is a complete joke after his class as he prepares you so well.

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I'm actually going to remember the material from Calc BC thanks to dR. He's extremely clear and ultra prepares you for the AP test! If you do his practice tests, you'll do great in his class.

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I have him for JAVA. I guess that I wish he would try to teach harder. He kinda just tells us to read and preform. I get the feeling he talks down to us, could just be me. Nice person, be nice.

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Mr. D is one of the best teachers at Monta Vista. He is an excellent teacher but he is hard and you have to work to get a good grade in his class. He is always there to help and support you.

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Mr. D is one of the top teachers at MV. He won't hand you an A, you gotta work for it. He prepares you so much for the AP test it will drive you insane. REALLY CARES ABOUT HIS STUDENTS!

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BEST MATH TEACHER EVERRR! HAS HELLA COOL STORIES In calc bc

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He's great for Java. After listening to him, the tests are a joke. You don't even have to study; however, the second sem. final is hard. Good thing there is no real homework. Really cool teacher.

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i learned lots in his JAVA class..............U GOT TO STUDY HARD RITE AWAY!! hes pretty kool, helpful and hes always clear on directions. Sumtimes, his lessons r confusing but he explains them later.

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THE SINGLE MOST AMAZING TEACHER EVER! if someone asked me who my favorite teacher ever is, i would respond DeRuiter w/o hesitating for a second. He makes calc enjoyable and is really intelligent/cool!

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He's pretty chill. He's a really good teacher for java and especially BC. You have to study a lot for BC though, but not for JAVA.

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Does a good job in preparing students for the AP test. I think Mr. D would be a more effective teacher if he didn't waste time going after the students he doesn't like or feels disrespected him. (Not smiling, picking on them in class when they it appears they are not ready to answer a question.)

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I learned A LOT in his calc BC class. he's a very good teacher and prepares you much too well for the AP test. he also did a headstand for us. which is quite awesome.

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java was pretty easy, all the reading quiz and most of the tests were open note. if you take notes on the stuff you'll definitely get an A

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i had him for java.i think hava itself is hella hard,but he cuda done better.u gotta study a lot by urself;dont depend on him.but overall his tests werent tat bad;i think it was just the final;

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awesome teacher! one of my best math teachers ever. makes the ap test seem like a joke and is very helpful.

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Calc BC: Pretty good in terms of prep for AP test, although when I got to college I wished I had known the material better; don't have to actually take notes, and tests are easier than birdsong. Awesome class.

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hes really hard especially for JAVA. you better be good at JAVA if you get DeRuiter. doesn't explain much either.

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He's a really awesome teacher. His teaching methods are leet. Also he prepares you for the AP test really really well

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finally! a math teacher who's both organized and knows how to teach. he makes the AP test seem like a joke

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His class (Calc BC) isn't easy, so don't blow it off. However, don't think that it's because he doesn't teach since he's an excellent teacher. Prepare to work hard, but know the AP test will be a breeze once you're done.

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well...he's nice i guess...but i get the feeling he doesn't his java that well...he started searching google to find out information on strings before..and he has really hard tests

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great teacher and taught me to love java and computer science..go mr deruiter! :)

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Nice but extremely hard...JAVA = hardest.class.ever.... but he's a great teacher! : )

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definately a hard teacher (both java and calc) but is an awesome teacher

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GREAT! explains really well but his classes are kinda hard... BUT GREAT TEACHER!! : )

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fun class, even though it's hard

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his nice....his java lessons don't help, and he doesn't explain very well....his tests are really hard and he takes off many points for small things

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THE best math teacher I've ever had. Tough class, but hey, it's Calc BC! The way he teaches is really clear, he shows us how to do nearly every problem on hw.

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one of the best math teachers around. Deruiter rocks!

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Very good at teaching. Calc is easy with him!

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Funny, and gives extra time for tests. Also very nice and helpful. JAVA rocks!!

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loved him! nice and helpful. flashcard tests were a bit of a bum though but still awesome overall

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awesome teacher; calc is hard but the way he teaches it makes it sooo clear; had a great year!

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he is super nice ... though his class is VERY tough ... and he should give us more exercises for practice

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Awesome teacher. Calc was hard, but I learned so much.

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he is THE monta vista teacher, calc BC rocked with him, study up also, not easy, but explains better than college profs

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JAVA is hard, but he helps A LOT by explaining everything and stuff!!!

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must take this teacher's class.

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