Vista Alternative School
Vista is the only non-charter, independent study school serving 7-12 grade students in the Fremont Unified School District. We provide an individualized program of study, open entry and exit classes, challenging work at home, and career/vocational counseling services. A teen parenting program, with a day care facility on site, is available to all pregnant and parenting students.
Students are referred to Vista through their home school or through the Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) office of the Fremont Unified School District. Referrals to Vista are screened by the Department Chairperson and the Principal to determine if the placement is appropriate. Students must have the skills necessary to succeed in such a course of study. The Department Chairperson and Principal analyze student test scores, previous grades, and attendance patterns to help make this determination. Because Vista students only attend school once per week and are required to complete 25 hours of homework between their scheduled visits, students should be highly motivated and be able to read at or above grade level. Vista is not an appropriate school for students who have poor academic skills or who are seriously credit deficient.
Often, students who attend Vista are those who participate in a major activity outside of school, such as those who train for an Olympic sport. Students who feel uncomfortable in a traditional setting, who are bullied, harassed, or otherwise struggle socially, often find their niche at Vista.
Who attends Vista Alternative School?
The student body consists of young people, who because of unusual responsibilities or personal problems, find that the alternative school program more effectively meets their needs.
How do I enroll at Vista Alternative School?
Students are eligible to transfer voluntarily to Vista Alternative School from any of the five comprehensive high schools through the following procedure:
What are the graduation requirements for Vista Alternative School?The graduation requirements consist of successful completion of 200 high school credits, and the successful completion of the California High School Exit Exam. The mandatory core curriculum classes that must be completed are identical to the comprehensive high school with exception of 30 elective credits and/or the required service learning hours.
A graduation ceremony from Vista Alternative School is held every June at the Vista/Robertson campus.