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Blueprint 2014-15 Archive

Vista Unified has completed the development process for the Blueprint and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 2015-16 school year. Please click on the Blueprint and LCAP icons below to view. There will be an LCAP Public Meeting held on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Morris Vance Community Room located at 200 Civic Center Drive Vista, CA 29084. This public meeting will be the final opportunity for members of the public to comment on the development of the Local Control Accountability Plan. The Blueprint and LCAP will be considered for final approval at the June 18, 2015 School Board meeting. 


Please click HERE to view the official feedback from DPAC and DELAC on the development of the Blueprint and LCAP for the 2015-16 school year. This document also contains the Superintendent's official response to the feedback. Español

Blueprint Video Library

Please click on the brief videos below to learn about each of the Blueprint strategies and hear from the real people who make Vista Unified the model of innovation and excellence.  


           Strategy 1                          Strategy 2



           Strategy 3                        Strategy 4



          Strategy 5                         Strategy 8 


The Blueprint House of Learning

The House of Learning is the foundation of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation. This graphic illustrates how each of the eight strategies work together to build a house of learning that will inspire every student to persevere as a critical thinker to solve real world problems.  


              Blueprint Final                                          LCAP Final 








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Blueprint Quick Reference Guide


Click on the Blueprint brochure above to see an example of a service learning project Vista students created and published in partnership with TVK Designs, a business in the community. Para español haga clic aquí.


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Blueprint Comprehensive Guide

Click on the new Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation Comprehensive Guide above for more detailed information. 


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 Improvement.jpgDistrict completed a year long process of developing a Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation 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 college and career opportunities. The development of the Blueprint started in September 2013 that included parents, community members, teachers, staff, and students. All district plans, systems, policies, and procedures are being aligned to the strategies outlined in the Blueprint.


The Vista Unified Framework for the Future establishes the anchor points that serve as the foundation for teaching and learning, and 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. The fourth anchor point is establishing a set of beliefs that convert the values to convictions, describing the character of the district as a living organization.  The fifth anchor point is establishing strategic parameters that will keep the district focused and efficient, serving as the formula that will lead the district to actualize the vision of becoming The Model for Educational Excellence and Innovation.

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




We believe that…

  • All students have a unique capacity to learn. 
  • ​Risk taking, effort and perseverance lead to excellence and innovation. 
  • ​Individuals learn and work best in a safe, nurturing environment. 
Strategic Parameters 


We will always…


  • Promote servant leadership qualities in our students, staff, and administration.
  • Provide all stakeholders access to transparent information to promote two-way dialogue.
  • Include family and community members as partners in education.


We will never…

  • Give up on a student.
  • Stop learning and improving. 
  • Tolerate disrespectful attitudes or treatment towards others. 

District 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 systems for students including achievement, language acquisition, service learning, and school attendance, and climate. These goals are closely aligned to the California State Board of Education priorities for the development of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). While all of the goals are important, They were developed in tiers of priority. The highest priority is to ensure that all students have proficiency in English language arts, mathematics, and English language development (Goals 1 and 2). The next level of priorities focus on improving graduation rates with students actively engaged in A-G completion and service learning projects (Goal 3). The final level of priority includes a variety of goals that will promote a robust set of experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM), as well as, improved learning environments that engage students as stewards of they own learning. Each goal has a specific metric (or metrics) identified to continuously monitor progress toward achieving the goal over time (Goals 4-9).  

Vista Unified School Board Goals - Revised

Goal 1: We want our students to demonstrate high levels of literacy in English (reading, writing, and listening & speaking)

Metric A: ELA Proficiency Rate

Metric B: Reclassification Rate at Five Years


Goal 2: We want our students to have expertise in mathematics. 

Metric: Math Proficiency Rate


Goal 3: Our Students will graduate from high school ready for college and career. 

Metric A: Graduation Rate

Metric B: A-G Completion Rate

Metric C: Advanced Placement Completion Rate


Goal 4: Experience with service learning will help students to solve real world problems. 

Metric: Service Learning Participation Rate 


Goal 5: Our students and staff will model our values or respect, trust, and collaboration.  

​Metric: Survey Results


Goal 6: Our learning materials, teacher assignments, and facilities will promote excellence.  

Metric: Williams Compliance Report


Goal 7: More students will be proficient in aspects of "STEAM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics )

Metric A: Science Proficiency Rate

Metric B: Technology Proficiency Rate

Metric C: Engineering Proficiency Rate

Metric D: Visual and Performing Arts Participation Rate


Goal 8: Our students will attend school more often and improve in their behavior.  

Metric A: Attendance Rate

Metric B: Suspension Rate

Metric C: Expulsion Rate


​Goal 9: Our reputation for excellence and innovation will attract and retain students. 

Metric: Interdistrict Transfer 

Strategic Planning

With a clear vision for the future, a purposeful Graduation-Pic-3-4.jpgmission as an organization, values that promote a positive, student centered environments, and goals for what we expect students to achieve, the district consolidated ideas and feedback from students, parents, teachers and staff into the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation. The word blueprint is defined as  "a detailed plan or program of action"  (Miriam Webster, 2012).


The Vista Unified School District's Blueprint for Education Excellence and Innovation was designed to 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. Ultimately, greater levels of student access to the standards and engagement in meaningful, personalized learning environments will lead the district towards realizing the vision of becoming the model of educational excellence and innovation. This planning process led to 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 focused on identifying the key actions, tasks, and projects necessary to realize the Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals.  The development of the Blueprint actively engaged all stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, and staff) in a series of community forums have been held to inform and gather input about how to ensure that Vista Unified becomes the model for educational excellence and innovation. All of the feedback gathered from more than 50 community forums, as well as feedback gathered from on-line surveys, was utilized during the strategic planning process.


The strategic planning process was labor intensive because it required 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 process also carefully identified who would be involved in each task and/or project, what structure would need to be in place to ensure success, how each task and/or project would be monitored, what risks were involved, and what timelines would need to be established to keep track of progress. 


A parallel project that was developed along side the Blueprint was the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is a component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Each 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 was taken directly 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.  

Project Lead

Matt Doyle, Ed.D.

Executive Director of Innovation 

Vista Unified School District



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Blueprint and LCAP Community Forums

Click HERE to view the overall themes based on feedback from over 40 different community and staff forums and meetings during the 2014-15 school year. Español

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What is Your Feedback?

The feedback window for revising the Blueprint and LCAP has closed. The draft Blueprint and LCAP will be posted to the website for public review and comment on May 1, 2015. 


Personalized Learning Road Show

Vista students and teachers lead the way on the Personalized Learning Road Show, The goal of the Personalized Learning Road Show is to increase understanding of what personalized learning is and how ...more

Family Engagement Network

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An important component of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation is to develop a Family Engagement Network that will offer a variety of workshops, resources and activities designed ...more

LCFF Budget Advisory Committee

The purpose of the LCFF Budget Advisory Committee is to advise the Superintendent on it's recommendations for the alignment of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) to the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Click HERE to view specific information about the membership, meeting agendas and recommendations. 

Vista Unified Is A Partner of LCAP Watch

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Community Conversations

Vista Unified has recently partnered with the United Way of San Diego to implement a series of Community Conversations with parents and community members. This partnership ...more

Blueprint Brief

The Blueprint Brief is a newsletter that provides updates on the status of the Blueprint implementation. Click on the version below to follow the progress over time. 

Blueprint Brief - November/December 2014

Blueprint Brief - September/October 2014

Blueprint Construction Network Reps. In Action

Blueprint Construction Network

The Blueprint Construction Network is a group of student, parent, teacher, and staff representatives who will monitor the implementation of the Blueprint and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). ...more

Personalized Learning Focus Group In Action

Personalized Learning Focus Group

Strategy 8 of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation focuses on the development of a personalized learning path for all students. To accomplish this task, we have formed a Personalize ...more

High School Transformation Task Force

Strategy 8 of the Blueprint addresses the need to redefine teaching and learning systems to become more personalized and engaging for students. The High School Transformation Task Force has been ...more

School Board Updates on Blueprint Implementation Process

Please refer to the links below to review the monthly Blueprint Updates presented to the School Board members.

Please refer to the links below to review the monthly Blueprint Updates presented to ...more

Service Learning

Service Learning is defined by the National Service Learning Clearinghouse as “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich ...more

Service Learning Teacher Resources

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Vista LCAP Approved by County Office of Education

The Vista Unified Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) was approved by the San Diego County Office of Education on August 8, 2014. Click HERE to read the approval letter. The approval included a ...more

Blueprint Fast Facts

The Blueprint and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) development process involved many people and numerous documents. Please find below a series of "Fast Facts" documents that summarize the key ...more

Blueprint Versions

The Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation is published in four versions to provide increasing detail for students, parents teachers, and staff. It is important to note that the ...more

LCAP Watch Website Published

The Education Trust- West organization has developed a robust website called LCAP Watch to monitor the Local Control Accountability Plans for all school districts in California. Click HERE to view the Vista Unified LCAP that is published on this website. 

Local Control Accountability Plan Approval Process

The California State Board of Education approved the permanent Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) regulations and the Local Control Accountability Plan template on November 14, 2014.

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School Board Goals Aligned to LCAP Priorities

The Vista Unified School Board Goals have been recently updated. Click HERE to view the alignment of the School Board Goals to the LCAP priorities. 

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Blueprint Tweets

Communication Plan

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

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions for Blueprint and LCAP

What is the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation?

The Blueprint is a plan of action that defines key aspects of the educational environment that are necessary for students to access the ...more

2015-16 Official Blueprint and LCAP Drafts and Feedback

Official DELAC and DPAC Feedback and Response by the Superintendent

A major component of the development of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is to conduct a formal meeting with the ...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 Website Archive 2013/14

Click HERE to access the 2013-14 Blueprint website archive.