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Magnet schools are public schools with a focused theme that shapes the curriculum and instruction at that school. In Vista Unified School District, we have five magnet schools serving students Kindergarten through grade 12.

Magnet Schools Overview
The Vista Unified magnet school programs were designed to both inspire and challenge students to engage in learning environments that are focused on unique pathways aligned to the growing demands of an increasingly complex global society and workforce economy. Please use this website to explore the options and follow our collective efforts to make the magnet school experience world-class.

Magnet School Purpose
Magnet schools are visionary, innovative and are free and open to anyone. Due to high demand, most schools determine student acceptance by a lottery system. The idea of magnet schools began in 1971, and in 1975, the term “magnet” had caught on so well in four short years the federal government was using the term. Today, magnet schools have emerged as educational beacons in communities, incorporating themed curricula, hands-on, experiential learning, and a diverse tapestry of students and academic requirements that often exceed those of the school district or state. Source:  Magnet Schools of America

Magnet School Historical Overview
The creation of magnet schools in Vista Unified was first conceptualized about 30 years ago, with the intent of complying with California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Chapter 7 to "alleviate the racial and ethnic segregation." To this end, the Vista School Board of Trustees directed the creation of an Elementary Attendance Area Committee on February 14, 1991. This committee was responsible for the creation of the first two magnet schools in the district (VAPA and Casita) through the design of the Voluntary Integration Plan. These two magnet schools were officially approved by the Board on August 15, 1991 and held their first classes in 1992-93. In the years since its inception, the magnet school program has grown slowly, converting Lincoln Middle into Vista Magnet Middle School in 2007, Mission Vista High School in 2009, and Washington Middle School into Vista Innovation & Design Academy in August 2014. Today, more than 4,000 students attend magnet schools in Vista Unified. Click HERE to view a detailed archive of the magnet school development process. 

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NEW!  Lottery Process Overview Slides presented during the lottery process.

Magnet School Lottery 
for 2022-23

Lottery will take place:
March 11, 2022 1:00-3:30 p.m. PST
The Lottery Will Be Live Streamed for viewing in English via this link.
**************************************** El sorteo se realizará:
11 de marzo de 2022 13:00-15:30 hora del Pacífico
La lotería se transmitirá en vivo para verla en español a través de este enlace.
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Applications Opened: January 11, 2022 at 12:00 PM PST
Applications Closed: February 25, 2022 at 4:30 PM PST

All applications received during the application window result in the same chance of admissions, there is no time-order preference. 



Application Support:

@ Vista Innovation Center

• Tuesday January 18, 2022: 8:00 AM-2:30 PM

• Thursday January 20, 2022 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

• Wednesday February 23, 2022 8:00 AM-2:30 PM

Any VUSD school can provide application assistance during the school day.