The Vista School serves children from 11 to 22 who need support with a range of cognitive, behavioral, and social challenges.


Whether a child or young adult is coping with learning and behavioral issues associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders or a student needs extra help with academics, behavior, and social interactions, the Vista School is committed to implementing an individualized plan for learning that will maximize the potential for every child.

Our educational & clinical staff create a positive learning atmosphere

Hills Program

As children with behavioral and social challenges grow into adolescents, they receive the structure and support they need to be successful throughout High School. The small class sizes help students continue their academic and social growth, while a more autonomous schedule and elective classes help them establish independence.

High Schools take all required academic courses per district policy and designation. They also select from a series of elective activities including mentoring, culinary arts, mass media integration, journalism, swimming, sports, gardening, performing arts, and instrumental music instruction.

Individual Education Plans (IEP) are prepared for each student

High School

The Hills School Program serves the needs of children ages 11-22 on the alternate curriculum. In collaboration with the High School Program, the Hills Program provides small class size and high student-teacher ratio that will help students progress and consolidate gains in academics, social interaction, and behavior. The needs of every student in these nurturing programs are known by all staff to ensure your child gets the attention they need to succeed.

Hills Program students participate in a range of activities on our 18-acre campus beyond academics that focus on life skills, career awareness, and community-based instruction. The diverse curriculum integrates work study, arts enrichment, instrumental music instruction, art, swimming in our indoor heated pool, and physical education like basketball, tennis, and other sports.

We are dedicated to ensuring that when students leave our school, they’re prepared both academically and socially.

Students 18-22 in the Hills Program receive additional vocational, social, and independent living skills before moving beyond high school. This program involves community-based instruction focused on adult transition such as utilizing transportation, self-advocacy, financial literacy, on campus job placement, and community employment opportunities. Over the past several years, more than 65% of our graduates have enrolled in college, community college, paraprofessional training, or vocational school.

The admissions process includes a tour of the facilities and program orientation, submission of an application, interview with family and child, and review of applicable records by the school administration.

School Accountability Report Card Reported Using Data from the 2019–2020 School Year 

California Department of Education 

For Vista School 

Principal: Grade Span: K-12 

By February 1 of each year, every school in California is required by state law to publish a School Accountability Report Card (SARC). The SARC contains information about the condition and performance of each California public school. Under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) all local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to prepare a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which describes how they intend to meet annual school-specific goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities. Additionally, data reported in an LCAP is to be consistent with data reported in the SARC. 

View and Download Vista School's SARC

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The Vista School is successful because we believe that each student has immense potential. Our staff recognizes that all students have a right to be here, and encourage students to both continually learn and grow.

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