VUSD at a Glance
Framework for the Future
In the fall of 2021,the Vista Unified School District Board of Education and the Superintendent, Dr. Matt Doyle, launched a collaborative process with the Vista community to develop a long-term Framework for the Future. This framework includes a revised vision for public education in Vista. This vision seeks to promote equity, collaboration, trust, kindness, and respect, giving students real-world experiences as well as strong academic preparation. In this vision of the future, we want to create the conditions where every child and adult is supported, challenged, and inspired by engaging learning experiences. The framework also includes three portraits that will define the characteristics of what learners need to know and be able to do, what adults need to know and be able to to do to support learners, and how the system is redesigned to promote a learner-centered educational environment. The final component of the framework is the commitment to a set of values that outline how we behave and treat each other as we all strive to realize our vision for the future.
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.
Portraits Quick Reference
As we begin to operationalize and socialize this new framework, it is important that we have quick references, similar to our House of Learning, which provide an overview of our Blueprint. Quick references encapsulate the core ideas of each of the portraits and are complements to the more detailed system descriptions.
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
WHO WE ARE
Vista Unified School District is a Transitional Kindergarten through Grade 12 district. The district also offers preschools services (part day and full day) through our partnership with Educational Enrichment Systems to over 700 students ages 2-5 years old at 12 locations in the district.
We are one of northern San Diego County's largest educational agencies. Our district stretches 39 square miles across most of Vista, a large portion of eastern Oceanside, some unincorporated areas and small slivers of Carlsbad and San Marcos.
We have a total of 29 schools:
- 15 Elementary Schools
- 5 Middle Schools
- 3 Comprehensive High Schools
- 2 Alternative High Schools
- 1 Early Childhood Special Education Center
- 1 Blended Learning/Independent Study Middle/High school
- 1 Adult School
- 1 Adult Transition Center (Serves Students with Special Needs)
With 29 schools serving nearly 19,000 students from preschool to 12th grade, Five additional schools serving over 3,000 children operate as independent charter schools authorized by Vista Unified. Vista Unified also includes one of the county's largest adult-education programs with approximately 25,000 students enrolled each year.
The district serves approximately 19,000 students including more than 2,600 students in special education programs and more than 3,100 who are learning English as a second language.
Student demographics include:
- 63.58% Free/Reduced Lunch
- 17.62% English Learners
- 5.83% Homeless
- 65.39% Hispanic
- 23.72% White
- 1.60% African American
- 2.03% Asian
- 4.79% Two or more races
- 1.45% Filipino
- 0.67% Pacific Islander
- 0.35% Other
We employ more than 2,600 people including:
- 1,100 teachers,
- 1,500 support employees
- 62 administrators
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Our five-member school board oversees a budget of over $300 million. Each trustee is elected from a specified area within the district.
- Area 1 is the northern portion of the district
- Area 2 is the eastern portion
- Area 3 is the western portion
- Area 4 is the central portion
- Area 5 is the southern portion
Our current Board members are:
- Martha Alvarado, President, area 3
- Julie Kelly, Vice President, area 5
- Rena Marrocco, Clerk, area 2
- Rosemary Smithfield, Member, area 1
- Cipriano Vargas, Member, area 4