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Vista Heights Middle School

International Baccalaureate » Curriculum



Vista Heights Middle School offers courses based on the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program curricular model. 


Core Classes

All students will be placed in the following four core classes: Language and Literature (Language Arts), Individuals and Societies (Social Studies), Mathematics, and Sciences. We make sure that students are placed in classes that are appropriately leveled and right for them.


Please see the following pages for more information:

Language and Literature

Individuals and Societies




Physical and Health Education

All students will be placed in a survey PE class, where they will participate in a variety of sports. Alternatively, students may choose to be in a year-long Dance PE class. There are beginning and advanced options. Space is limited, though, so we cannot guarantee placement in Dance PE.


Please see the following page for more information:

Physical and Health Education


Language Acquisition

All students will be placed in a class focused on learning a world language. Learning to communicate in a variety of ways allows students to develop global connections and international-mindedness.


Sixth grade students will be given introductory courses in Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese. These classes will allow students to experience learning a new language and will help them decide on future language pathways. Students who are native Spanish speakers will be given the opportunity to improve fluency in Spanish, particularly in the areas of reading and writing.


We currently offer seventh and eighth grade students classes in Spanish for both native and non-native speakers, French, and Mandarin Chinese. Some of the classes we offer are equivalent to high school courses and will allow students to earn high school credit, with the provision that students earn at least a B and still take two years of world language courses at the high school level (either continuing on to advanced language classes, or taking two courses in a different language).


Please see the following page for more information:

Language Acquisition


Design and Arts

All students will take Design and Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) classes. Students may choose a year-long Design or VAPA class (for example: advanced art, band, choir, drama, STEAM, AVID, ASB, digital photography). Alternatively, students will be placed in available semester long classes (for example: computers, multicultural studies, intermediate art). Some classes may require an audition, and space is limited, so we cannot guarantee that students will get placed in any particular class.


Please see the following pages for more information:



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Vista Heights Middle School is an IB World School authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Vista Heights Middle School believes is important for our students. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit , or please contact Susan Young, for information about the program at Vista Heights.