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Mission Vista High School Honored By Magnet Schools Of America

Mission Vista High School Named Nationally Certified Demonstration Magnet School


Joins First National Cohort of Magnet Schools to Meet Rigorous Standards of Excellence and is one of ten schools in the nation to be recognized as a Demonstration Magnet School


Mission Vista High School has been named a Nationally Certified Demonstration Magnet School by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.


Mission Vista High School was among the first 55 schools located in 12 states (AL, CA, CT, FL, LA, MD, NC, NV, SC, TN, TX, and WI) to successfully complete an approximately nine month evaluation process and demonstrate through evidence, reflection, and strategic action that it has established the best practices entailed in the Magnet School Standards of Excellence


“In an increasingly complex school choice environment, parents, families, students, and local communities can be confident that each nationally certified magnet school is held to the same high standards,” said MSA Executive Director Todd Mann. “The certification process is groundbreaking and the first of its kind. It was created to recognize our most exemplary magnet programs.”


The national certification process is based on the Magnet School Standards of Excellence and the five pillars of magnet schools (diversity; innovative curriculum and professional development; academic excellence; high quality instructional systems; and, family and community partnerships). These pillars and standards define the essential elements and characteristics of high-quality magnet programs.


"To have Mission Vista High School be recognized as a national model is a tremendous point of pride for Vista Unified,” says Interim Superintendent Dr. Matt Doyle. “This recognition reinforces our commitment to becoming the model of excellence and innovation."


To become nationally certified, Mission Vista High School submitted a detailed application and participated in a rigorous evaluation conducted by the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL). The application process required the school to submit evidence demonstrating how it met each of the multiple indicators included in the Standards of Excellence. This included providing specific examples of how the school is promoting school diversity, closing the achievement gap, integrating a theme-based curriculum throughout the school, and encouraging parent and community involvement. 


Among the first cohort of nationally certified schools, Mission Vista High School was one of ten identified as National Demonstration Schools.  These schools exceeded the criteria outlined in the Standards of Excellence and are models that should be closely studied and replicated.  The Demonstration Schools will serve as learning laboratories for school innovation and improvement for others to observe and follow.


“This is an important opportunity to showcase the transformative leadership and instructional best practices that are integrated into these exceptional schools,” said Kelly Bucherie, National Director for Magnet School Leadership. “The bar has been set very high for magnet schools and other choice programs. Achieving this prominent status should inspire others to strive for similar levels of excellence.”


Mission Vista High School, a comprehensive, dual-magnet high school that opened in 2009, and after several years of rapid growth, the school currently serves 1690 students.  MVHS offers a total of 62 unique, magnet-themed courses and pathways in the areas of Arts, Communication, Science and Technology.  In addition to this, the school hosts more than 35 visual and performing arts performances for our community each year, and students enrolled in various magnet-themed programs have opportunities to work with community partners, including the University of California at San Diego, AT&T, Genentech Laboratories, local Apple stores, and a variety of local organizations. 


MVHS operates on a 4x5 block schedule in which students take eight classes each year.  This allows them more opportunities to explore their strengths, interests, and values through our vast and unique program offerings. In 2017, MVHS was awarded the California Department of Education Gold Ribbon Award for its magnet programs.


Mission Vista High School will be recognized during a ceremony held at Magnet Schools of America’s 36th National Conference in Chicago, Illinois April 25-29, 2018. The school is also eligible to order a National Certification banner to display at the school and will receive an electronic seal to place on its website and on other appropriate school materials.


To learn more about the Magnet Schools of America Standards of Excellence Certification program, please visit www.magnet.edu


To read a recent article about the award in the San Diego Union-Tribune, click here. 

Posted by: Lisa Contreras, District Admin, Vista Unified School District Published:9/27/17
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