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Vista Heights Middle School

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Vista Heights' main campus was built in 1988 and opened that same year. There are currently 1325 students (6th - 429,
7th - 467, 8th - 429). The site student demographics reflect the multi-cultural diversity of the community including 61.7%
Hispanic/Latino, .3% American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.5% Asian, 1.9% Filipino, 19.3 % African-American, .3% Native
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 9.8% White, 4.2% two or more races, 0.00% declined to state ethnicity. Socioeconomically
Disadvantaged 78.3%, English Learners 10%, Students with Disabilities 12.1%, Foster Youth 2%. Vista Heights Middle
School has 57 classrooms (49 permanent and 8 portables), a multipurpose room, 3 locker rooms, library, counseling
office and an administration building.

Vista Heights Middle School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP).
This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy - a
commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Vista Heights Middle School believes is important for
our students. Additional certificated staff has been allocated to the site in order to serve students as part of the IB MYP.
There are 56 teachers, 3 RSP Special Education, and 4 SDC Special Education teachers. The 56 teachers serve the
following subject areas: 35 core subjects (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies), 5 PE (including one dance
PE), 8 world language, 4 visual/performing arts, and 4 design (computers, STEAM, AVID). Vista Heights employs on site
1 principal, 2 full-time assistant principals, 1 Assistant Administrator of Instructional Improvement and Academic Coaching
(AAIIAC), 1 IB MYP Coordinator, 3 counselors, 1 shared psychologist, 1 contracted speech therapist, 1 health technician,
1 shared nurse, 1 library technician, 3 RSP instructional assistants, 4 SDC instructional assistants, 2 SDS instructional
assistants, and 2 EL instructional assistants.

All students at Vista Heights Middle School are included in the IB Middle Years Program. "The aim of all IB programs is to
develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet,
help to create a better and more powerful peaceful world." Students will develop the IB learner profile attributes: inquirers,
knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. They will
participate in eight types of curricular classes: Language and Literature (Language Arts), Mathematics, Science,
Individuals and Societies (Social Studies), Physical and Health Education, Language Acquisition (world language,
including Spanish), Arts (Visual and Performing Arts, including art, instrumental music, vocal music, drama, digital
photography), and Design (computers, STEAM, AVID, yearbook publication, ASB).

Teachers at Vista Heights engage in interdisciplinary collaboration. State standards, state frameworks, and state adopted
texts are used to provide a strong base for our instructional program. Supplementary resources from assemblies, field
trips, and staff development in-services assist the teacher in maximizing the potential of each of our students. At sixth
grade, the goal is for students to be taught by one teacher for language arts and social studies, and one for math and
science. Several programs focus on providing services for students in order to create and maintain a positive learning
environment, and to improve academic achievement on standardized tests and other assessments. Special education
programs serve students with exceptional needs. Programs such as Rosetta Stone and Achieve 3000 assist students in
developing proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible. Gifted and Talented programs provide services to
students identified as intellectually or academically gifted or talented. Students are encouraged to enroll in the site's AVID
program in order to prepare for and succeed in higher education. AVID college trained tutors offer their support to

Parents are involved in Vista Heights through their participation in School Site Council (SSC), English Language Advisory
Committee (ELAC), AAPAC (African American Parent Advisory Committee), and school site activities. Because of
our dedication toward student success and each child finding their passion, we have been honored as a California Gold
Ribbon School and a "Schools To Watch" middle school from the California League of Middle Schools.