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9-12
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Vista, CA
Students enrolled: 2,664
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1 Panther Drive
Vista, CA 92084

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(760) 726-5611
(760) 630-9738
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August 15, 2014
Just like every other school in our district, the teacher do what they can with the tools given. So many of the teachers are so willing to spend extra time with the students and it's awesome! Parents are definitely a lot of help on campus along with the students in all clubs, especially Character Leaders and ASB. There weren't any gang fights when I attended, and I don't believe there is that problem. The school is extremely safe and is making improvements every single year.

- submitted by a student
August 11, 2014
My son has nothing but great things to say about your school. It is a great program and we are happy to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
I go to Vista and I LOVE it! This school is great I feel safe when I go to school and its a real convient and by my house. All my teachers are outstanding

- submitted by a student
August 21, 2013
I had attended this school last year. I had transferred in from Lehman High School (Bx,NY). Ms.Greene the math teacher had always gave me a problem . From day one I stepped into her class she had it in for me. She use to try and cut me off everytine i asked a question. always had something to say to me , like you dont have other studenrs to worry about ? your too busy picking on me to continue your class .My brother had also attended this school years ago and the teachers and students acted the same way with him. It's like they got something against people from NY. I'm happy to say I no longer attend VHS. Back home in the Bronx. Happy to be here.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2012
This school is not that bad I really enjoyed going to Vista high school. The best part of the school Is David Hanlon the character leaders teacher. He has worked to make the school more friendly and open to everyone. I felt safe and happy at Vista and I hope your kids do too. I really loved my teachers. The only complaint is the nasty bathrooms! Gross! Fashion club and show choir was so much fun.

- submitted by a student
June 06, 2011
My son has just completed his second year at Vista High. He loves his school, and takes great pride in being a Panther. The old reputation is slowly changing, as Vista proves itself to have strong leadership, inclusive policies, for honors, athletes,band, drama, as well as English learners, teen moms, and the otherwise socio-economically challenged. I am glad my son sees this wide view culture, and tolerance. Yes, there are troublemakers, yes there is inappropriate activity, and yes, they do have security on campus. It is still, in main, a friendly, open, safe environment, with something for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
I enjoyed vista high. As a teen mom they really helped me with the teen parent program and graduating on time. the teachers were great, despite the few that are not, and the administration is good too. the principal and vice principals care about the students and my counselor did everything in her power to help me succeed. I know many have a misconception about gangs but honestly they are no trouble once you take any problem to security, the on campus officer, or administration. I am glad I was at VHS and had the help I needed.

- submitted by a student
March 01, 2010
This is the worst high school ever! My kids were honors students with no academic or bhaviour problems until attending here. The staff is to consumed with themselves and the union. My boys had a hard time dealing with the sudden death of their dad when entering the school...no one knew what help was available...nor did they care. Kids here are just a number...and if you are a parent who adocates for their kid and acutally cares -- watch out!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 16, 2009
I truely enjoy going to vista high school for the reason that the teachers are there for us when ever we are stuck in anything. This school is very safe, i really don't understand why parents are scared of sending there child here because of gangs its not like there always going to hold there hand in the street, I bet there worst then gang members, anyways I am happy to be in this school and proud. Panther :) all the way

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 01, 2008
Vista High School is truly a wonderful school, it has great sport programs, and amazing teachers. When i go to school, i feel safe and i am excited to go to my classes. Everyone complains that Vista has 'too many gangs'.... that is crap every school has gangs, if you think your getting away from it by going to Rancho or El Camino, your going to find out that it is everywhere. I think it is unfair that Vista has a bad reputation, i love this school and it deserves some good feedback!!

- submitted by a student
March 01, 2008
This high school cares about all ofthe extra-cirricular activities in school . THE ROTC classes are fantastic. The teachers areall wonderful.. they always give a hand to any students who need some help.

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 16, 2007
Vista High School has many fantastic extracirricular activities. Some teachers aren't understanding basic High School needs, but for the most part the teachers of Vista show care & dedication for fellow students

- submitted by a student
December 10, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 06, 2007
VHS has 2 separate schools-Honors and everyone else. I am a very involved parent and have fought every year for my student to receive the help she needs. Now we pay for her to receive private classes so she can be ready for college. It is overcrowded. Teachers often accept substandard work. The counselors try hard but are overworked and focused on the extreme. If I could do it again, I would have moved prior to her HS years to get her in a better place.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
If you play football it might be a good choice but there are better football programs in the county. The school is overcrowded and the gangs are not getting any better. The AP classes are good but at what cost?

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2007
For what this school is given, it does well. It has the most AP classes offered in north county as well as IB curriculum. For those students that want their hands held all the way through their senior year, this is not the school for them. They will have to take responsibility for their own actions and duties. Security is a 'concern' of many students, yet there are rarely any fights at a lunch with 2,500 kids. Realistically, there are gangs on campus, but they don't bother you if you don't want to be bothered. Many students put themselves in situations which provoke violence; all they have to do is not put themselves in that type of situation. The extra-curriculars at this school are top notch. Performing arts have earned many awards and have wonderful teachers. Athletics have gone to CIF in all if not most areas and enjoy much success.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2007
The overcrowding does not lead to a good academic experience overall ... nonetheless, the availability of AP classes makes up for this ... but requires a truly motivated, self-starter ... Parents must be involved!

- submitted by a former student
October 07, 2006
VHS focuses primarily on it's football program to give the school notoriety. This narrow focus hinders all other areas of academic and extracurricular activities and will continue to limit VHS's ability to provide students the solid base required for college and career opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
Vista High School has a variety of academic opportunities that many other schools do not retain. It also has an excellent athletic program that provides students with interesting hobbies and outlets. There are over 25 different clubs that students can participate in as well as start their own. As Vista does provide a good healthy atmosphere for students, it is lacking in funding for superior education, extra-curriculars and educational programs that would be beneficial to disadvantaged or academically challenged students.

- submitted by a former student
March 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2006
Sweet football program, with great coaching. I only had one teacher who actually cared about his students, which didnt allow me to reach my full potential. Unless your kid is going to play football, dont go there.

- submitted by a student
September 15, 2005
Definately needs improvement in treating children with respect when it comes to security staff, but over all teaching is good. Safety is definitly an issue.

- submitted by a former student
no rating September 09, 2005
Mark coppedge, auto shop, an amazing teacher. He's concerned as much about the student as a person as how much they learn about auto mechanics. I would highly recommend your son or daughter take his class. Not only will they gain useful knowledge regarding cars, they'll also gain insight into themselves and character building.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2005
I think that Vista High School believes that it is more awsome than it really is. It's a good school, but not as good as it could be.

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
This shcool focuses too much on sports and not enough on academics or the cafeteria food. my daughter has complained about their disgusting lunches, and about classes being too big and not focusing on other students who need help. thank you for your time. A mother speaks out for her daughter

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2005
Good for the typical high school student. Poor staff, with some exceptions. Not for a sheltered child.

- submitted by a student
August 05, 2005
This is a really great school with lots of oppurtunities in different subjucts. There is photo, FFA, science and languages.

- submitted by a former student
July 16, 2005
I personally feel that far too many students with great potential fall through the cracks at this school. The Administration's priorities are not in the right place, and because of this the arts programs have suffered greatly. Seniors who are at risk of not graduating are encouraged by counselors to drop out rather than stick it out in order to keep the graduation rate higher. The teachers are overworked, and the class sizes are absolutely out of controll. It is very rare to find a Vista High School teacher who is genuinely interested in their students welbeing as most of them are just going through the motions. Only after attending college have I truly come to realize what I missed out on by attending to vista high school.

- submitted by a former student
July 10, 2005
Teachers are over worked. They do not have time to deal with students one on one. You are just another face in the crowd. Four out of five teachers did not e-mail me back after asking for help in improving my students grade.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2005
Great athletics. Good teachers. A little too overcrowded. Would recommend.

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2005
I have seen a definate downfall in the quality of education in this school. It appears to me, coaching for testing is definately happening here to keep up with the demand for higher student scores.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Outstanding School. Strong academics, Awesome sports and band programs.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2005
I have a 12th grader and a 9th grader at Vista. I have been very happy with Vista High My oldest is in full IB/AP classes and had learned alot and he is so ready for his journey to college. My other son also is in full honors and is doing very well. I agree with not liking the over crowding but until they build one or two more high school what are we to do? I'm very involved with my kids and their school. I say to the parents who's kids are doing bad maybe it is not the school and it is in the parenting and how involved you are. GO PANTHERS!

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2005
I feel that Vista High School is over populated and I could not learn to my full compacity because of the lack of attention on each individual student.

- submitted by a former student
January 15, 2005
Limited communication. I.e.,Principal didn't send 'welcome letter' until 3 mos. into school year. English Dept. is very weak. They seem tired, burned out & not dedicated to teaching. Bottom line is there are too many students enrolled on this campus. There are outstanding teachers at this school: outstandingly good & bad. Unfortunate that those few remaining dedicated teachers don't get recognized/supported. The 'squeeky wheel' teachers who share their anti-American political views w/ students seem to get the most attention. Career center is outstanding & supportive of students. Summer school is not offered to all students - unequal access for bright, dedicated kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2004
This school is a wonderful mix of races and socioeconomic classes, truly reflective of the world we live in. However, the school is grossly overcrowded and is treated like the ugly stepsister by the VUSD. The cross town rival high school, which is predominately middle and upper class, has better facilities (it is the newer school) and receives better support from the district. AP classes regularly have >35 students or are combined with lower level honors courses because you can't have any classes with fewer than 25 students. My kids have done okay, but shy students could get lost in a system that was designed for 1700 students and has 3400.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
This school leaves a lot to be desired. Their programs are unorganized and fail far below the average standards of most high schools. Their RSP and Special education classed hold students that do not belong there and fail to report any problem issues to parents. Their sporting programs are poor and in need of much organization and improvement. The counseling staff is uninformed and slow at helping a child that needs help and fails to help unless a parent or teacher demands it and even then it is a fight.

- submitted by a parent
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Vista High School
1 Panther Drive, Vista, CA  92084
(760) 726-5611
Last modified Vista High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Vista High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top