High School Academics
New Vista School offers a high school program which provides academic learning and transition support for students looking toward a college or vocational placement. Course offerings encourage academic excellence, intellectual stimulation and executive functioning skills, while incorporating social skills development into the curriculum. Students placed in the academic and transition program must attend seven periods a day.
Through class curriculum, teachers consult and collaborate with one another to correlate topics being taught in order to fully enhance student learning and the curriculum is based on the California Common Core and Teaching Standards which have been adopted to meet the needs of New Vista School students. A cross-curriculum approach is maintained.
Students are NOT required to take and/or pass any high school exit exams in order to receive a diploma. Students may earn a high school diploma by meeting New Vista School’s requirement of 225 credits.
New Vista does not offer articulated classes for their Diploma track students other than CTE, so when students transfer directly to a CSU or a UC they may have to take prerequisite classes before they can start their coursework.
New Vista does offer the following online classes, supported by staff, that students take at Saddleback College that are recognized by UC and CSU. The classes are:
- Eng1A / Eng1B,
- Statistics ( Math 10) / Trigonometry
- Business Math
- Geology / Evolution
Students at NVS on a diploma track usually transfer to a junior college and then transfer to a CSU/UC.
Students are NOT required to take and/or pass any high school exit exam in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.