Educational Excellence

Welcome to the 2023-24 Blueprint and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) process. We actively engaged over 1000 members of our community in the development process; including students, parents, community members, staff, and administrators. The School Board of Trustees will formally review the draft of the Blueprint (and LCAP) in a special board meeting on June 8, 2023 and adopt the Blueprint (and LCAP) in a regularly schedule board meeting on June 22, 2023. This year-long process was driven by hundreds of feedback points from our community and a careful analysis of student progress in academic, social/emotional, and behavioral achievement. 

The Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation sets a clear vision for the future, includes a purposeful mission, promotes positive, student-centered environments, and identifies goals for what we expect students to achieve.

Click HERE to view the Draft Blueprint 2023-24

Click HERE to view the 2023-24 Draft Blueprint 2023-24 (Español pendiente)

Click HERE to view the Draft Local Control and Accountability Plan 2023-24

Click HERE to view the 2023-24 LCAP. (Español pendiente)

Click HERE to view the 2023-24 LCAP Federal Addendum

Click HERE to view 2023-24 LCAP Federal Addendum. (Español pendiente)

Click HERE to view the Superintendent's Response to questions and comments from DELAC and DPAC. 

 House of Learning


The House of Learning is a simple, visual representation of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation. This graphic is our theory of action, highlighting the importance of many systems working together to create the right conditions to transform teaching and learning into an engaging, relevant, and personal learning journey. Our goal is that each of the seven 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.


Our Blueprint has led to impressive success for our students. Please refer to the poster below to review the success of our scholars moving on to college.



In order for the district to make progress toward the vision and fully implement the mission, the School Board Members have set overarching goals that encompass all programs and support systems for students. 


Board Goal 1: If we focus on implementation of the system and adult portraits, then we will create equitable access to the conditions of learning that enable students to achieve the outcomes of the learner portrait and be ready to thrive in their lives and careers.

Board Goal 2: If we focus on student engagement, then adults will create lessons that are universally designed, culturally responsive, and assets-based, and students will engage in project-based learning opportunities that allow them multiple ways to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of grade-level content and make relevant connections to the world around them.

Board Goal 3: If we implement with fidelity a multi-tiered continuum of support for students, then adults will know their students by their strengths, interests, and values, and students will be able to engage in rigorous learning opportunities that allow them to demonstrate the elements of the learner portrait and our district values.
Link to Goals with Leading and Lagging Measures, Board Approved on March 9, 2023 (Español)
Link to School Board Goals and Metrics Presentation, March 9, 2023 (Español)

These goals are simple, yet they provide a powerful foundation upon which teachers and staff build engaging and rigorous learning pathways. Above all else, the goals focus on promoting equity in all learning environments. In fact, the School Board has made equity a key value for our Framework for the Future. These three goals are closely aligned to the California State Board of Education priorities for the development of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The Board spent considerable time revising the goals to better align to the California Department of Education One System Whole Child Model. The approach focuses all efforts toward setting the conditions for learning, creating engaging learning environments, and promoting positive student outcomes. Further, the Board aligned their new goals to the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework. The MTSS framework places emphasis on high-quality instruction in three areas for all students: inclusive academic instruction, inclusive behavioral instruction, and inclusive social/emotional instruction. Each goal has a specific metrics identified to continuously monitor progress toward achieving the goal over time.



The Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation sets a clear vision for the future, includes a purposeful Educational Excellence mission, promotes positive, student-centered environments, and identifies goals for what we expect students to achieve.

The Vista Unified School District's Blueprint for Educational 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 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. The annual revision of the Blueprint actively engages all stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, and staff) in a series of community forums 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 the community forums, as well as feedback gathered from online surveys, is utilized during the strategic planning process.

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The strategic planning process is labor-intensive because it requires careful consideration and alignment of the many different voices of the community. The process also carefully identifies who would be involved in each Strategy and Action Plan, what structure is needed to ensure success, how the Blueprint would be monitored, and what timelines are needed to keep track of progress.

A parallel project that is updated annually alongside the Blueprint is 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 is 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.


The Vista Unified Framework for the Future v.2.0 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 a school district. The revised vision includes a learner portrait, an adult portrait, and a systems portrait. 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.


Every student graduates from Vista Unified as a resilient, agile learner and creative problem solver who navigates the world with confidence and kindness and eagerly embraces local and global challenges.

Learner Portrait

Kind and Confident

  • Students are positive, patient, appreciative, reliable, and responsible.  
  • Students are resilient, self-directed learners who are self-aware and focused on a hopeful future.  

Curious and Connected

  • Students are inquisitive, innovative, and able to adapt to new ideas and situations.
  • Students are committed to positively impacting their family, their community, and the world.

Capable and Knowledgeable

  • Students develop and apply deep core academic knowledge and skills and can make connections across subjects.
  • Students know how to purposefully adapt communication to deliver information.

Adult Portrait

Compassionate Champion 

  • Adults are motivating, inspiring, kind, compassionate, and empathetic champions for all students. 
  • Adults see and support all students, family members, and co-workers from a strength-based perspective, including inherent cultural wealth and identity.
  • Adults hold high expectations for all students (just hard enough) while feeding aspirations and possibility-thinking (future self).  

Flexible and Innovative Facilitator

  • Adults work well together, are trustworthy, honest, and committed to collaborate and to build connections with students, families, and other staff.   
  • Adults support learning that is student-centered, innovative, and tailored to meet the individual strengths, interests, aspirations, and needs of students.  

Open-Minded and Equity-Centered Learner

  • Adults are learners open to new ideas, strategies, and practices that lead to continuous improvement in order to serve each and every student well.   
  • Adults engage in practices that are free from bias, are anti racist, and build on the unique strengths each learner brings to the classroom or each colleague brings to their role.

System Portrait 

Inclusive Culture Focused on Growth

  • Our system builds a culture that fosters equity, empathy, and inclusion. 
  • Our system reinforces a values and strengths-based culture of growth.

Joyful, Innovative, Rigorous, and Equitable Learning Environments 

  • Our system supports a culture of joyful learning, educational rigor, and innovation.
  • Our system promotes care, belonging, and connection.
  • Our system fosters creativity, curiosity, and engagement.  

Future-Oriented, Forward Thinking

  • Our system is designed to be future-oriented and aligned to a dynamic, fast-paced global ecosystem. 
  • Our system creates sustainably designed, future-focused learning environments.


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: Knowing, valuing, and treating all with dignity
  • TRUST: Focusing every decision on the best interests of our learners through transparency, honest communication, and integrity
  • COLLABORATION: Creating a culture of continuous improvement, working in partnership with students, families, staff, and the community
  • EQUITY: Valuing diversity and providing equitable access and resources across the district for all students and adults to reach their full potential
  • KINDNESS: Developing a compassionate, nurturing, and kind learning and working environment


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.