New Vista High School
The small, innovative public high school of Boulder Valley
New Vista High School opened its doors in the Fall of 1993 with a mission "to break the mold " of conventional secondary school practice. A small, public high school of choice, serving a heterogeneous student body, New Vista has three goals:
1. To educate students in the conventional academic subjects and prepare them for a variety of post-secondary programs, including competitive colleges. To do so, we offer engaging courses taught by talented teachers. In turn, we expect that all students will earn A’s and B’s across the curriculum.
2. To help each and every student identify and pursue interests or talents at which he or she is genuinely motivated to excel. To accomplish this, we offer students a wide variety of educational experiences within the school as well as extensive opportunities to pursue their interests in the community.
3. To prepare students for the demands of citizenship in a democracy. To achieve this, we encourage students to actively participate in shaping the school’s program and climate. In addition, we promote student engagement in social and political action within the community. We place particular emphasis on developing the capacity to be proficient in multicultural settings. Finally, we expect students to develop the leadership, collaboration, and communication skills that make working with others both rewarding and effective.
New Vista is part of a national small high school movement, which emphasizes: high expectations for all students, the personalization of learning, and democratic values. We are members of the Coalition of Essential Schools and the League of Democratic Schools, created by John Goodlad.
The Colorado Department of Education’s School Accountability Report consistently identifies New Vista as a “high” performing school.