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Vista High School - XQ Super School

At VHS, we’re working hard to create a new answer to the question, “What is school for?” Things have changed. The world has changed. Jobs have changed. The way we prepare our young people for this new reality has to change, too.

Thankfully, the XQ Super School project agrees, and they’ve chosen Vista High School, from an applicant pool of more than 700 schools, to support through this transition – this transformation – with a $10 million award.

Please check out our Developing Learning Philosophy Draft for Vista High School.

Community Focus Groups

As we embark on this transformation, input from the community is vital, so we’re holding monthly community focus groups to both share the exciting things that have been happening at VHS recently, and to get feedback from parents, students, teachers and other members of the Vista community about the direction we’re heading.

As stewards of the educational journey that many of our young adults are on, we feel a great honor, but also a great responsibility to serve them, and you, well. To send them out into Vista, and the world beyond, confident in their ability to make an impact, is critical, and your ideas about what that will take are equally critical to our process. Please join us, when possible, at our monthly focus group meetings. And if you’re not able to attend, please come back to this site to access resources, to read about the discussions we had and to see the feedback your fellow community members provided.

Upcoming Meetings – 2016/2017 School Year…

March CFG Meeting

We will not conduct the XQ Focus Group meeting scheduled for March as originally planned. Vista High School will be conducting our annual 8th Grade Orientation evening on March 15th so we would like our incoming freshmen families to have the opportunity to attend this event that same week.

Our next XQ Focus Group Meeting will take place on April 26, 2017.

April 26 CFG Meeting

WHEN: April 26, 2017, 2016, 4-6pm
WHERE: Vista Innovation Center – 836 Olive Ave, Vista, CA 92083
TOPIC: Global Citizenship

One of the cornerstones of our mission as we transition to an XQ Super School is to help develop students who see themselves as global actors, capable of making important contributions to global challenges. This focus group meeting will focus on our work to develop Global Citizens.

As always, we’ll be live streaming this meeting. If you’re unable to attend and want to watch in real time, or after the fact, you can access the video HERE.

Details From Past Meetings

Focus Group Meeting #5 – 2/8/17

Our 5th community focus group meeting focused on Student Agency again - student presenters went into more depth around this important issue and how they experience it in the classroom. We followed the typical focus group format, starting with a recap of what we've...
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Focus Group Meeting #4 – 1/11/2017

Our 4th community focus group meeting focused on Student Agency - what it is, how we, at VHS develop it in the classroom. We followed the typical focus group format, starting with a recap of what we've been up to since the last meeting, as well as a quick glimpse of...
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Focus Group Meeting #3 – 11/30/16

Our 3rd community focus group meeting focused on Transformational Change. This was a bit of a departure from previous meetings that addressed specific aspects of that change - change to our learning spaces, change to the way we go about teaching and learning. Meeting...
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Community Focus Groups

Focus Group Meeting #5 – 2/8/17

Focus Group Meeting #5 – 2/8/17

Our 5th community focus group meeting focused on Student Agency again - student presenters went into more depth around this important issue and how they experience it in the classroom. We followed the typical focus group format, starting with a recap of what we've...

Pictures

New XQ Video about VHS

New XQ Video about VHS

At a recent Community Focus Group Meeting, students from Rancho Minerva Middle School were there to produce this fantastic video about Vista High School's journey toward building an XQ Super School. Well worth the few minutes!...

Staff PD

Personalized Learning with Allison Zmuda

Personalized Learning with Allison Zmuda

The entire VHS staff had the opportunity to spend the day with Allison Zmuda yesterday. The focus was on getting some consensus around why the move to personal learning is necessary, how critical it is to develop 'Habits of Mind' in our students, and in...

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