The strengths-based culture at the high school drives a student-centered approach through a variety of personalization strategies and teacher agency aligned to school and district goals. The district creates the conditions to reach its mission and vision through invitation, personalized adult learning, co-design with stakeholders and industry partners, and more.

Discover what drives innovation and excellence at Vista Unified and Mission Vista High School.

For New England teams of educators and stakeholders focused on high school redesign that are interested in the virtual learning excursion featuring Vista, visit The Virtual Learning Excursions section for important information about the experience, eligibility requirements, and the application form. On this page, discover if a learning excursion featuring Vista Unified & Mission Vista is a good fit for your team by learning more about the learning model, district system and culture, and what you will learn from their educators, students, and community.

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Vista Unified School District

VUSD’s Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation Plan enables the district to focus on developing personalized learning paths for its students so they are college and career ready.

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Vista Unified Goals

Three goals guide the learning transformation across the district.

About Mission Vista High School

MVHS logoGrades Served: 9-12
Location: Oceanside, California
Type: District magnet school
Enrollment: 1,693
Race/Ethnicity: 49% White, 33% Hispanic, 9% Asian, 2% African American, 7% Other
Free/Reduced Lunch: 27%
ELL: 0.8%, 18% Reclassified
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Mission Vista High School (MVHS) started its personalized learning journey a few years ago. The school rewrote its Vision, Mission, and Values statements to match their collective "why" and "what." For the past three years, MVHS has created school-wide personalized learning WIGs (Wildly Important Goals). These include targeted experiences in all courses, projects that create collaboration across departments, and activities that are relevant to the World of Work. MVHS has created three distinct pathway opportunities for students: Discovery, Innovation, and Growth (DIG). MVHS has teachers and courses in various stages in this journey—teachers who have rewritten their entire curriculum so that it is student-centered, project-based, and personalized; teachers who have started competency-based grading systems; teachers who have crafted units in collaboration with other departments; and courses that are allowing students to completely design the projects they are creating, including a brand new capstone course, "My Vision Personalized," for seniors.

Note: As a district magnet, the school requires an application with priority selection (siblings, military, foster/homeless, magnet track, and children of VUSD employees) followed by a lottery.

What to look for:

  • Pathways curriculum
  • Teacher agency within schoolwide goals
  • A strengths-based culture
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Mission Vista High School Teachers

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