About Vista

 

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Find out what Vista Charter School Is All About

 

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Vista is not in competition with the traditional high schools in our district. The first choice would be for each student to stay in the traditional high school, but “one size fits all” does not work for everyone. Vista serves a need in our community for those students who might not otherwise earn a high school diploma. We work on building good relationships with our students, and we make sure they leave our program with a career plan, which may include enrolling in an institution for higher education.

Overview

 

  • Accredited High School Diploma
  • Individualize Instruction
  • Self-Paced Instruction
  • Computerized & Standards Based Course Curriculum
  • 21 Credits to Graduate on a Higher Ed or Voc-Ed Graduation Plan
  • Work-Study Credit Available
  • Ages 16 up to 21 years
  • Dropout Retrieval Program
  • Alternative Learning School
  • Students Over 21 Pay Tuition
  • Students Attend :
  • 1 of 3 Sessions Daily (additional sessions available)
  • Work a minimum of 10 hours/week

 

 

History

In 1987 Vista began as a Second Chance School Program in the District. It functioned as a district drop out retrieval program. It grew as a district program for many years. In 2003, the district spearheaded a community-wide Feasibility Study, which determined the potential success of a Charter School. In 2004, Vista Charter School opened in the district trailers, as a conversion charter school. In the spring of 2005, the school moved to a 6000 sq. ft. building that houses the school today. Vista Charter School became a Designated Alternative High School in 2006, affirmed by CDE in recognition that 95% of our student population had at least one at-risk factor.

About Vista

Vista Charter School: An Accredited High School Diploma Program

“Vista Charter High School is a successful educational opportunity for students who seek an alternative means to earn a high school diploma. Since Vista’s establishment in 1984, more than 1040 students have graduated from the program. Vista provides a flexible class schedule that allows students to secure employment while attending school. Course work is individualized, and credit is earned at a self-paced rate. Vista offers both computerized courses and more traditional textbook courses to students. Credit is awarded based on completion of course work. When students earn the required number of credits, they graduate immediately. Two formal graduation ceremonies are held each school year to honor the graduates and award accredited high school diplomas.”

 OUR MISSION

The mission of Vista Charter School is to ensure that all students master the skills required to earn a high school diploma and that they acquire the tools necessary for future success.

The FOUR C’s

Four Cornerstones of Character for Student Success 

CONNECTION-
Developing connections with others to create a sense of belonging and teamwork

COMPETENCY-
Achieving academic proficiency in Math, Reading, and Writing

CONFIDENCE-
Creating a healthy self-confidence to assist in making positive choices toward a career path

COMMUNITY-
Learning to give back to the community with the resources you have available

COLORADO STATE STATUTE WAIVER:

State Statute Waivers:

Section 22-9-106 Local board duties concerning performance evaluations

Rationale: Vista Charter School (VCS) should be responsible for its own personnel matters, including the supervision and evaluation of personnel and the method for conducting such evaluations, consistent with the Charter School Agreement.

Replacement Plan: Based on clear qualifications for the teachers, principal and staff, specific evaluation procedures have been developed, implemented and will continue to be modified using the CDE model and adapted for Vista’s unique curriculum delivery method. These procedures will be approved by The Vista Charter School Board of Directors and the Administrator hired by the school. Evaluation of staff will be directly tied to the school’s goals and objectives. Evaluations will be based on these primary components: 1) Formal observations, 2) Informal observations, 3) Academic and social progress of students, and 4) Achievement of the employee’s professional growth plan. The principal responsible for evaluations will be trained in the use of the system.

Duration of Waiver: Vista Charter School requests that the waiver be for the duration of the contract with the Montrose RE1J School District, a period of 5 years, through June 2019.

Financial Impact: Vista Charter School anticipates that the requested waiver will have no financial impact on the Montrose RE1J School District.

How the Impact of the Waivers will be Evaluated: The impact of this waiver will be measured according to how well the school meets its overall goals and objectives, by the skills and expertise of its employees, and by the academic and social progress made by students.

Expected Outcomes: As a result of this waiver, VCS expects it employees to have increased skills and expertise in working with the school’s student population. We expect an increase in student achievement and growth over time due to the employee evaluation process and the high expectations we will place on having teachers of quality in our school.

Section 22-63-206 Teacher Employment Act-Transfer of teachers

Rationale: Vista Charter School is granted authority under the Charter Agreement to select its own employees. Therefore, the district should not have the authority to transfer its teachers into VCS or transfer teachers from VCS to other District schools, except as provided in the Charter School Agreement.

Replacement Plan:  Vista Charter School will comply with Colorado State Statute C.R.S. 22-30.5-111.

Duration of Waiver: VCS requests that the requested waiver be for the duration of its contract with the Montrose RE-1J School District a period of 5 years, through June 2019.

Financial Impact: Vista Charter School anticipates that the requested waiver will have no financial impact on the Montrose RE-1J School District or the VCS budget.

How the Impact of the Waivers Will be Evaluated: The impact of this waiver will be measured according to how well the school meets its overall goals and objectives, by the skills and expertise of its employees, and by the academic and social progress made by students.

Expected Outcome: VCS expects that as a result of the waiver, it will be able to select and retain its own personnel without involvement from the Montrose RE-1J School District. Vista Charter School will comply with Colorado State Statute C.R.S. 22-30.5-111.

Section 22-63-301 Teacher Employment Act-Grounds for dismissal,

Section 22-63-302 Teacher Employment Act-Procedure for dismissal of teachers.

Section 22-63-202 Teacher Employment Act- Contracts in writing, damage provision.

Section 22-63-203 Teacher Employment Act- Requirements for probationary teacher, renewal & non-renewal.

Rationale: The success of Vista Charter School in accomplishing its goals and objectives primarily rests with the expertise and personal commitment of its teachers and staff. Working with the disenfranchised student requires special skills and commitments beyond what might be needed in other educational arenas. VCS must be able to terminate employees who cannot successfully deliver its educational program.

Replacement Plan: Employment at Vista Charter School will be on an “at will” basis. Continued employment will be subject to a satisfactory performance evaluation(s) consistent with the employment policies and procedures created and adopted by the Vista Charter School Board of Directors.

Duration of Waiver: VCS requests that the requested waiver be for the duration of its contract with the Montrose RE-1J School District a period of 5 years, through June 2019.

Financial Impact: Vista Charter School anticipates that the requested waiver will have no financial impact on the Montrose RE-1J School District or the VCS budget.

How the Impact of the Waivers Will be Evaluated: The impact of this waiver will be measured according to how well the school meets its overall goals and objectives, by the skills and expertise of its employees, and by the academic and social progress made by students.

Expected Outcome: VCS expects that as a result of the waiver, it will be able to establish and maintain a teaching staff that will provide instruction in accordance with the mission, goals, and objectives of the school and meet the unique needs of its students.

Section 22-63-401 Teacher Employment Act-Teachers subject to adopted  salary schedule.

Section 22-63-403 Teacher Employment Act-Describes payment of salaries

Section 22-32-109(1)(f) Local Board Duties concerning selection of staff and pay

Rationale: Vista Charter School is allowed under the Charter School Agreement to set its own employee compensation plan separate from the Montrose RE-1J School District. The workday and year will be decided by the VCS Board of Directors based on the school’s mission, goals and objectives as well as the best interests of the staff and students. All employees of VCS will be employed on an at-will basis.

Replacement Plan: VCS will adopt its own employee compensation plan to be determined by the Board of Directors.

Duration of Waiver: VCS requests that the requested waiver be for the duration of its contract with the Montrose RE-1J School District a period of 5 years, through June 2019.

Financial Impact: Vista Charter School anticipates that the requested waiver will have no financial impact on the Montrose RE-1J School District.

How the Impact of the Waivers Will be Evaluated: The impact of this waiver will be measured according to how well the school meets its overall goals and objectives, by the skills and expertise of its employees, and by the academic and social progress made by students.

Expected Outcome: VCS expects that as a result of the waiver, it will be able to attract and maintain qualified personnel and provide instruction in accordance with its mission to meet the needs of the disenfranchised student.

Section 22-32-109(1)(n)(II)(A) Determine teacher-pupil contact hours

Rationale: Vista Charter School (VCS) will prescribe the actual details of teacher-pupil contact hours to best meet the needs of students. The local board will not set these policies.

Replacement Plan: VCS Governing Board will prescribe the actual details of teacher-pupil contact hours that will meet or exceed the current requirements in statute.

Duration of Waiver: Vista Charter School requests that the waiver be for the duration of the contract with the Montrose RE1J School District, a period of 5 years, through June 2019.

Financial Impact: Vista Charter School anticipates that the requested waiver will have no financial impact on the Montrose RE1J School District.

How the Impact of the Waivers will be Evaluated: The impact of this waiver will be measured according to how well the school meets its overall goals and objectives, by the skills and expertise of its employees, and by the academic and social progress made by students.

Expected Outcomes: As a result of this waiver, VCS expects to implement the necessary policies to ensure student success.

Section 22-32-109(1)(b) Local board duties concerning competitive bidding

Rationale: VCS will be operating independently of the Montrose RE-1J schools and should be delegated the authority to develop, adopt, and implement its own operational policies, rules and regulations, subject to the limitations in the Charter School Agreement.

Replacement Plan: The Governing Board of Vista Charter School will make decisions that it feels necessary and prudent with respect to develop, adopt, and implement its own operational policies, rules and regulations.

Duration of Waiver: VCS requests that the requested waiver be for the duration of its contract with the Montrose RE-1J School District a period of 5 years, through June 2019.

Financial Impact: Vista Charter School anticipates that the requested waiver will have no financial impact on the Montrose RE-1J School District.

How the Impact of the Waivers Will be Evaluated: The impact of this waiver will be measured according to how well the school meets its overall goals and objectives, by the skills and expertise of its employees, and by the academic and social progress made by students.

Expected Outcome: VCS expects that as a result of the waiver, it have the latitude to carry out its educational program, administer its affairs in an efficient manner, and accomplish its mission as set forth in the Charter School Agreement.

Section 22-63-201 Teacher Employment Act-Compensation & Dismissal Act-Requirement to hold a certificate

Section 22-63-402 Teacher Employment Act-Certificate required to pay teachers.

Rationale: Vista Charter School should be granted the authority to hire teachers that will enable it to more effectively serve the unique group of students and program offerings. The vast majority of students who will be served by VCS are at-risk students who have failed in the traditional educational system. These students have unique needs and require specialized instructors who are specially trained to work with this population. While it is acknowledged that it is preferable to hire teachers and staff who have a Colorado certification in specific endorsement fields, VCS must not be limited to only this selction criterion. VCS must be free to select the most qualified candidates for its employment openings based on that particular job description and required expertise.

Replacement Plan: Wherever feasible, Vista Charter School’s preference will be to hire certified teachers. However, priority will be given to potential employees (certified or highly qualified) who meet or exceed the job description of a particular position and who have demonstrated the skills and expertise required in working with at-risk students.

Duration of Waiver: VCS requests that the requested waiver be for the duration of its contract with the Montrose RE-1J School District a period of 5 years, through June 2019.

Financial Impact: Vista Charter School anticipates that the requested waiver will have no financial impact on the Montrose RE-1J School District.

How the Impact of the Waivers Will be Evaluated: The impact of this waiver will be measured according to how well the school meets its overall goals and objectives, by the skills and expertise of its employees, and by the academic and social progress made by students.

Expected Outcome: VCS expects that as a result of the waiver, it will be able to hire and retain the most qualified and effective instructional staff for its students, thus allowing it to meet or exceed the goals and objectives of the school.

Section 22-32-110(1)(k) Local board powers-Policies relating the in-service training and official conduct

Section 22-32-110(1)(h) Local board powers-terminate employment of  personnel.

Section 22-32-110 (1)(ee) Local board powers-Employ teachers’ aides and other non-certified personnel.

Section 22-32-110(1)(i) Local board duties- Reimburse employees for expenses.

Section 22-32-110(1)(j) Local board powers-Procure life, health or accident insurance.

Rationale: Due to the authority allowed charter schools by the Charter School Act, the Governing Board of Vista Charter School should be allowed to make it’s own decisions with regards to instructional programs, hiring practices, employee salaries and benefits.

Replacement Plan: The Governing Board of Vista Charter School will make decisions that it feels necessary and prudent with respect to instructional programs, hiring practices, employee salaries and benefits.

Duration of Waiver: VCS requests that the requested waiver be for the duration of its contract with the Montrose RE-1J School District a period of 5 years, through June 2019.

Financial Impact: Vista Charter School anticipates that the requested waiver will have no financial impact on the Montrose RE-1J School District.

How the Impact of the Waivers Will be Evaluated: The impact of this waiver will be measured according to how well the school meets its overall goals and objectives, by the skills and expertise of its employees, and by the academic and social progress made by students.

Expected Outcome: VCS expects that as a result of the waiver, it have the latitude to make determinations that are in its best interest with regard to the above educational, employee, and financial issues.

Section 22-32-126 Employment and Authority of Principals

Rationale: Due to the authority allowed charter schools by the Charter School Act, the Governing Board of Vista Charter School should be allowed to make it’s own decisions with regards to personnel matters, including employing the Principal, its own staffing and establishing its own terms and conditions of employment, policies, rules and regulations, and providing its own training.

Replacement Plan: The Governing Board of Vista Charter School will make decisions that it feels necessary and prudent with respect to instructional programs, hiring practices, employee salaries and benefits.

Duration of Waiver: VCS requests that the requested waiver be for the duration of its contract with the Montrose RE-1J School District a period of 5 years, through June 2019.

Financial Impact: Vista Charter School anticipates that the requested waiver will have no financial impact on the Montrose RE-1J School District.

How the Impact of the Waivers Will be Evaluated: The impact of this waiver will be measured according to how well the school meets its overall goals and objectives, by the skills and expertise of its employees, and by the academic and social progress made by students.

Expected Outcome: VCS expects that as a result of the waiver, it have the latitude to make determinations that are in its best interest with regard to the above personnel matters, including employing the Principal, its own staffing and establishing its own terms and conditions of employment, policies, rules and regulations, and providing its own training.

               Section 22-32-109(1)(n)(I) Local board duties concerning school calendar

               Section 22-32-109(1)(n)(II)(B) Adopt district calendar

Rationale: Due to the authority allowed charter schools by the Charter School Act, the Governing Board of Vista Charter School should be allowed to make it’s own decisions with regards to the school calendar to meet the needs of the student population. VCS will have a calendar that differs from the rest of the schools within the district.

Replacement Plan: The school calendar approved by the Governing Board at Vista Charter School will meet or exceed the expectations in state statute.

Duration of Waiver: VCS requests that the requested waiver be for the duration of its contract with the Montrose RE-1J School District a period of 5 years, through June 2019.

Financial Impact: Vista Charter School anticipates that the requested waiver will have no financial impact on the Montrose RE-1J School District.

How the Impact of the Waivers Will be Evaluated: The impact of this waiver will be measured according to how well the school meets its overall goals and objectives, by the skills and expertise of its employees, and by the academic and social progress made by students.

Expected Outcome: VCS expects that as a result of the waiver, it will be able to implement its curriculum and ensure that students meet the educational standards of the school.

Section 22-32-109(1)(t) Determine educational program and prescribe textbooks.

Rationale: Due to the authority allowed charter schools by the Charter School Act, the Governing Board of Vista Charter School should be allowed to make it’s own decisions with regards to the educational program and textbooks required to deliver the curriculum.

Replacement Plan: The curriculum and textbooks/material used to deliver the curriculum will be approved by the Governing Board at Vista Charter School and will meet or exceed the expectations in state statute.

Duration of Waiver: VCS requests that the requested waiver be for the duration of its contract with the Montrose RE-1J School District a period of 5 years, through June 2019.

Financial Impact: Vista Charter School anticipates that the requested waiver will have no financial impact on the Montrose RE-1J School District.

How the Impact of the Waivers Will be Evaluated: The impact of this waiver will be measured according to how well the school meets its overall goals and objectives, by the skills and expertise of its employees, and by the academic and social progress made by students.

Expected Outcome: VCS expects that as a result of the waiver, it will be able to implement its curriculum and ensure that students meet the educational standards of the school.

Section 22-33-104(4) Compulsory School Attendance-Attendance policies and excused absences

Rationale: The Governing Board of Vista Charter School will be responsible for creating the written policy setting forth the school’s attendance requirements. The Montrose RE-1J School District reserves the right to approve the plan once it has been created.

Replacement Plan: The Governing Board of Vista Charter School will be responsible for creating the written policy setting forth the school’s attendance requirements. The plan will meet or exceed the expectations set forth by law.

Duration of Waiver: VCS requests that the requested waiver be for the duration of its contract with the Montrose RE-1J School District a period of 5 years, through June 2019.

Financial Impact: Vista Charter School anticipates that the requested waiver will have no financial impact on the Montrose RE-1J School District.

How the Impact of the Waivers Will be Evaluated: The impact of this waiver will be measured according to how well the school meets its overall goals and objectives, by the skills and expertise of its employees, and by the academic and social progress made by students.

Expected Outcome: VCS expects that as a result of the waiver, it will be able to implement the necessary policies to support student achievement.

School District Waivers:

               Section JH: Student Absences and Excuses

Section JHB: Truancy

Section JHD and JHD-E: Exclusions and exemptions from School Attendance

Section JIC: Student Conduct and Discipline Code

Section JICA: Student Dress Code

Section JK: Student Discipline

Section JQ: Student Fees, Fines, and Charges

Section IC and ICA: School Calendar

Section IGD: Curriculum Adoption

Section IJJ: Textbook Selection and Adoption

Section IKA: Grading/Assessment Systems

Section IKF-1 Graduation Requirements

Rationale: Due to the authority allowed charter schools by the Charter School Act, the Governing Board of Vista Charter School should be allowed to make it’s own decisions with regards to student attendance; student discipline; student dress code; student fees; the school calendar; the curriculum; textbooks selection/adoption; grading and assessment systems; and graduation requirements as long as these policies comply with the state and federal laws.

Replacement Plan: The Governing Board of Vista Charter School will make decisions that it feels necessary and prudent with respect to student attendance, discipline, dress code, fees, school calendar, curriculum, textbook selection/adoption, assessment systems, and graduation requirements.

Duration of Waiver: VCS requests that the requested waiver be for the duration of its contract with the Montrose RE-1J School District a period of 5 years, through June 2019.

Financial Impact: Vista Charter School anticipates that the requested waiver will have no financial impact on the Montrose RE-1J School District.

How the Impact of the Waivers Will be Evaluated: The impact of this waiver will be measured according to how well the school meets its overall goals and objectives, by the skills and expertise of its employees, and by the academic and social progress made by students.

Expected Outcome: VCS expects that as a result of the waiver, it have the latitude to make determinations that are in its best interest with regard to the above educational, employee, and financial issues.

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