Vista del Lago High School

It is the Mission of Vista del Lago High School to create a Culture of Excellence. The vision of Vista del Lago High School is to create a Collaborative Culture of Excellence through academic rigor, instructional best practices and technology, so that all students can apply academic knowledge, critical thinking, and communication skills to their future lives in the global community.

Vista del Lago High School is the fifth high school in Moreno Valley Unified School District, the fourth comprehensive high school. Moreno Valley was founded in 1962 and serves the community of Moreno Valley, California. The population of the city is approximately 146,000. Vista del Lago opened for students for the first time in 2002-2003 school year with a student population of 1327. The school opened with 9th and 10th grade students only, and half of the projected compliment of staff. In 2003-2004 another grade level was added, and as of the school year 2004-2005 we were a comprehensive 9-12 high school with 2268 students. Our current demographic information reflects the 2006-2007 academic year.

In our first year of operation we began to lay down the groundwork for a successful high school. Our ultimate goal was to create a comprehensive high school program and offer students a unique opportunity to participate in the middle college high school program. Our projected API score was 609 for year 2006-2007 and we received 605 and for 2007- 2008 our projected score is 615. Vista del Lago received a 3-year preliminary WASC accreditation spring of 2006. We have now started planning for the next WASC review which is projected to happen Spring of the 2008- 2009 school year.

The student demographic of Vista del Lago for 2006-2007 shows that 55% of our students are Hispanic or Latino, 26% are African American, 13% are White, 3% are Asian American, 2% are Filipino-American, and less than one percent Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaska native or other. The staff is composed of 118 teachers with 92% of them being fully credentialed. 2% are emergency credential. All classes averaged between 25 to 34 students per class. There are six academic counselors servicing over 410 students per counselor.

3 Year Enrollment History
School Year Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior Total
2002-03 730 572     1302
2003-04 604 618 453   1675
2004-05 695 645 570   2316

The academic program at Vista del Lago is organized into four career pathways. Students initially receive instruction in the required core areas of English, mathematics, science, and social science, as well as introductory career pathway courses.  Beginning in their first year, students select a career pathway and are offered a variety of elective courses in their selected pathways.  Our goal is to create four schools-within-a-school, we created the personalization aspect of the Breaking Ranks and also characteristic seven of Aiming High.  The schools-within-a-school tie the core curriculum into the student’s chosen career pathways making the content more challenging, and relevant to the students’ lives.  The students are expected to maintain the same rigorous academic material along with mastering their chosen pathway.  Technology is integrated into each of the pathways in numerous ways, providing high quality instruction.Vista del Lago has four pathways: Music, Art, Animation, Stage, Technician (MAAST), Pre-Engineering, Health Careers, and Liberal Arts.  Each pathway will be following a school-within-a-school concept where students specialize in their interests while progressing toward their high school diplomas. 

Communication is essential to the survival of any school/organization.  Vista del Lago’s Administrative team meets weekly in Administrative cabinet.  During cabinet meeting the principal meets with campus supervisors, school resource officer, athletic director, activities director, guidance department chairperson and head custodian.  Other staff members are invited to attend cabinet meetings as the need arises.

Faculty meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month.  Make-up faculty meetings are held on the Tuesday morning following the faculty meeting at 7:00 a.m.  All faculty meetings are video taped.  Department chairpersons meet with members of their departments monthly.  Classified support staff meets on the 4th Thursday of each month.  Student forums are conducted quarterly.

Newsletters are sent home to parents and students.  Individual staff members or department members are encouraged to write articles for the newsletter.  Announcements are read daily during second period.  Show cases are used around the school to display student/staff awards, recognition and announcements.  E-mail is used to further connect staff and students.  A weekly bulletin is published on the e-mail.