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Project Lead

Matt Doyle, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Vista Unified School District

Communication Plan

Vista Unified is committed to maintaining high levels of communication with parents, students, teachers and staff as the district develops the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation and ...more

Superintendent's Overview of the Blueprint Development Process

Click HERE to view a ten minute over view of the Blueprint Development process narrated by Dr. Vodicka. 

School Board Update on Blueprint Development Process

Click HERE to view the Blueprint development process update given to the School Board in December 2013. 

Blueprint/LCAP Development Timeline

Click HERE to access the Blueprint development timeline. 

Blueprint Alignment to State LCAP Priorities

Click HERE to see how the Vista Unified School Board Goals align to the Local Control Accountability Plan priorities. 

Stakeholder Feedback Form

Please click HERE if you would like to provide feedback on the development of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation, as well as the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

Blueprint and LCAP Stakeholder Feedback Results

Click HERE to view the latest results of the stakeholder feedback on the development of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation and the LCAP. 

Frequently Asked Questions for Blueprint and LCAP

What is the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation?

The Blueprint is a plan of action that identifies the strategic parameters of the educational environment that are necessary for ...more

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

Click HERE to access the LCFF webpage to learn more. 

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Click HERE to access the LCAP webpage to learn more. 

Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation

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Continuous Improvement

The Vista Unified School District is committed to continuous improvement in every aspect of the organization from promoting high levels of students achievement, to maintaining safe and secure facilities, to promoting active partnerships with local businesses, to securing access to university admission for all high school graduates. 

Continuous improvement requires on-going strategic planning. The Vista Unified School District completed a year long process of developing a Framework for the Future intended to ensure that students at all grade levels have access to, and are actively engaged in, a learning path that will lead to a seamless transition into successful collegeimages-3.jpeg and career opportunities. The development of the Framework for the Future started in September 2012 and included parents, community members, teachers, staff, and students. This Framework outlines the foundational principles that will guide the development and implementation of the district's Blueprint for Education Excellence and Innovation. All subsequent district plans, systems, policies, and procedures will be carefully aligned to the principles outlined in the Framework for the Future. 

The Framework for the Future establishes three anchor points that serve as the foundation for teaching and learning, as well as all other support systems within the school district. The first anchor point is setting a clear vision for the future, providing a sense of direction of where we want to go and what we want to become as school district. The second anchor point is the establishment of a mission that serves to define the overall purpose of the district, outlining specific language of why we exist. The third anchor point is the commitment to a set of values that all members of the school district (parents, students, teachers, and staff) will follow in order to ensure that all learning environments support the positive academic and behavioral growth of all students.  

Framework for the Future


Our vision in Vista Unified is to be the model of educational excellence and innovation. 



The purpose of Vista Unified School District is to inspire every student to persevere as a critical thinker who collaborates to solve real world problems. 



RESPECT: treating all with dignity

TRUST: having confidence that every decision focuses on the best interests of all students

COLLABORATION: working in a collective partnership with clear two-way dialogue that builds relationships among home, school and the community


Goal Setting

In order for the district to make progress toward the vision, and fully implement the mission, Superintendent Vodicka worked with the School Board Members to set overarching goals that encompass all programs and support for students including attendance, achievement, language acquisition, service learning, and school climate. These goals are closely aligned to the California State Board of Education priorities for the development of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). School Board members placed specific priority on proficiency in English language arts, mathematics, and reclassification of English learners. Each goal has a specific metric identified to continuously monitor progress toward achieving the goal over time.  

Vista Unified School Board Goals

Goal 1: We will attract and retain more students.

Metric: Interdistrict Transfers


Goal 2: The students that we have will stay with us, attend school more often, and will improve in their behavior.

Metric A: Graduation Rate

Metric B: Attendance Rate

Metric C: Suspension Rate


Goal 3: More of our graduates will be prepared for college and career.

Metric: A-G Completion Rate


Goal 4: To ensure that all students are making sufficient progress, we will monitor achievement based on Common Core measures in English language arts (ELA) and Math. Proficiency in the visual and performing arts (VAPA) will also be monitored. 

Metric A: English Language Arts (ELA) Proficiency Rate

Metric B: Math Proficiency Rate

Metric C: Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Proficiency Rate 


Goal 5: We will expect English learners to reclassify within five years. 

​Metric: Reclassification Percentage of English learners at 5 years


Goal 6: To ensure that we are actualizing our mission to inspire students to solve real world problems, we will engage students in service learning projects tied to the Common Core standards. 

Metric: Service Learning Assessments


Goal 7: To ensure that we are actualizing our mission and our values, we will invite students, parents, and staff to provide us with feedback through surveys. 

Metric: Survey results 

Blueprint For Educational Excellence and Innovation

With the establishment of a vision for the future, a clearly defined mission as an organization, values that promote a positive, student centered environment, and goals for what we expect students to achieve, the district is now prepared to move into the final phase of the Blueprint development process. The word blueprint is defined as "a detailed plan or program of action" (Miriam Webster, 2012). Graduation-Pic-3-4.jpgThe Vista Unified School District's Blueprint for Education Excellence and Innovation will provide a plan of action for how the daily educational environment will support students to access the California Common Core State Standards and demonstrate attainment of the School Board Goals. This phase of the strategic planning process will determine the strategic parameters that define what the organization will do in a specific, methodical, and consistent way to promote high quality teaching and learning. In other words, the strategic planning process will now focus on identifying the key actions, tasks, and projects necessary to realize the Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals.  In preparation for this phase, a series of public meetings have been held to inform and gather input from parents, community members, students, and staff members about how to ensure that Vista Unified becomes the model for educational excellence and innovation. All of the feedback gathered from over ten separate public meetings, as well as feedback gathered from on-line surveys, will be utilized during the strategic planning process.

This phase of the planning process is labor intensive because it will require the careful review and alignment of a variety of current district plans such as the Local Education Agency Plan, the School Safety Plans, the Technology Plan, the Special Education Strategic Plan, the Master Plan for English Learners, and others. The strategic planning process will also take into consideration who will be involved in each task and/or project, what structure will need to be in place to ensure success, how each task and/or project will be monitored, what risks are involved, and what timelines will need to be established to keep track of progress. 

A parallel project that is being developed along side the Blueprint is the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is a component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). elementary-students-computer-laptop.jpgEach school district and charter school is required to develop an LCAP to identify goals and actions the district will take to ensure that students have access to the California Common Core State Standards and demonstrate high levels of achievement on a variety of state and local assessments. The information for developing the LCAP will be taken from the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation. Please visit the Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control Accountability Plan webpages for more information.