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College Affordability Guide

Look at this website for a guide to the Most Affordable Colleges By State. So many great possibilities! 

Community Colleges are a wonderful start towards a college degree

VUSD's Adult School offers Vocational Programs!

Vista Adult School (VAS) offers a variety of CTE programs that grant vocational certificates. Programs vary between: Business Education, Culinary Arts, & Medical Occupations. Click here to learn about all of VAS's offerings. Click the icon below to learn about their CTE programs.


A Middle School Parent's College Prep Guide

Enjoy this guide for Middle School Parents and learn what you can do to start preparing your child for college and career prep. (A great guide for Elementary parents to know as well!)

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"To Do" for students and parents

This supportive guide by Federal Student Aid gives a short check-off To Do list for both parents and students. Included are plenty of tips on how to start financially planning for your child's path toward college and career preparation. 

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College & Career

A Parent's Guide to Preparing your Student for College

Here is a great guide on how you can prepare your child for college.

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"How to Get to College" Presentation

Enjoy this presentation by Cristina Parodi Anaya, Parent/Family Liaison for the San Diego County Office of Education. These have been used in our Family Engagement Workshops on College & Career. 

English Version

Spanish version: Como llegar a la universidad

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CSUSM: Our local University


California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM; also called Cal State San Marcos) is our nearest university. This past fall, (CSUSM) and Vista Unified School District signed an agreement guaranteeing college admission for Vista Unified students who fulfill some basic requirements.  This means that beginning with the class of 2017, all VUSD students who stay on track with attendance, grades and a-g requirements will automatically earn a place in college! Read here for further information. Click here to learn more about CSUSM's great program offerings. Click on the icon for Admissions information.

UC San Diego: Our nearest UC

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is our nearest UC university, located on the coast in beautiful La Jolla. Click here to learn about UCSD's wonderful programs. Click on the icon for Admissions information.


San Diego State University: Another local university!

San Diego State University (SDSU) is home to many VUSD employees who are alumni. Click here to learn more about SDSU's programs. Click on the icon for Admission information.

University of San Diego: Another local university

University of San Diego (USD) is a local, private university on the hills of central San Diego. Click here to learn about their programs. Click on the icon for Admissions information.


"Imagine" your Dreams....

...and make them come true! There are so many options in the world for any child and student: college, vocational school, or perhaps they'll "imagine" something new and create it. Vista USD imagines happiness and success for all of our students and community. Push play to start imagining.


What is CTE?

CTE stands for Career Technical Education and it's a fabulous division of education that focus on vocational sectors, preparing students for specific careers. All Vista Unified high schools offer various CTE courses where students can earn CTE certificates verifying learned and developed competencies of abilities and knowledge. There are 15 Industry Sectors that CTE focuses on (click on any industry sector to learn more): Agriculture and Natural Resources; Arts, Media, & Entertainment; Building and Construction Trades; Business and Finance; Education, Child Development, and Family Services; Energy, Environment, & Utilities; Engineering & Architecture; Fashion and Interior Design;  Click here and here to learn more about CTE. 


VUSD High Schools offer CTE courses!

Click on the following school icons to learn about the Career Technical Education courses that these Vista Unified high schools offer. Click on a school's name to visit their school website. 

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Vista HS Panthers


MVHS Timberwolves


RBVHS Longhorns

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Alta Vista HS Tigers

Major General Murray HS

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Vista Visions Academy*

* Students at VVA can concurrently take CTE courses at another high school if class availability.