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New Vista High School

A Community of Excellence

​​​​​​New Vista High School opened its doors in the Fall of 1993 with a mission "to break the mold" of conventional secondary school practice. New Vista is a small, public high school of choice, serving a heterogeneous student body​.​​​​​​​



Kirk Quitter

Ivette Visbal, Dean of Students

 

Address: 700 20th Street

City: Boulder

State: Colorado

Zip: 80302

Office Phone: 720-561-8700

Fax: 720-561-8701

Attendance Phone: 720-561-8702

Counseling Phone: 720-561-8707

Counseling Fax:  

Email: ann.thomaier@bvsd.org

Daily Schedule:
7:35-3:05​

 



About Our School:

New Vista actively engages every student in rigorous learning. Our program includes: high academic and behavioral expectations for all students; personal relationships built on mutual respect with all adults in the building; an adviso​r who supports each student from enrollment through graduation; choices that allow students to shape the educational program to meet their needs and interests; active learning within all classrooms as well as varied and engaging course offerings; and significant opportunities to learn in the community. Finally, New Vista has a school culture that values individuals, community and learning with an explicit emphasis on understanding and valuing diversity.



Program Characteristics:

To actively engage every student in learning, our program includes:

  • Personal relationships, built on mutual respect, with all adults in the building.
  • An advisor who supports each student from enrollment through graduation.
  • Choices that allow students to shape the educational program to meet their needs and interests.
  • Active learning within all classrooms, as well as varied and engaging course offerings.
  • Whole school initiatives to value diversity and create a welcoming environment for students of all backgrounds.
  • A school climate that values individuals, community, and learning.

Programmatic elements:

  • Enrollment by choice
  • Small school size and class size
  • Quarter calendar and block classes
  • Weekly time for learning in the community
  • Days in May devoted to social action and environmental stewardship
  • Course offerings that respond to student and teacher interests
  • Credit for mentored learning outside of the regular school day and year
  • Off-campus learning in technical or post-secondary programs
  • Advisory groups
  • Heterogeneous and multiage class groupings
  • A full inclusion approach to special education
  • An inclusive program for English Language Learners

Unique graduation requirements carry the expectation that each student will:

  • Earn grades of A or B in the following categories: Applied Technology, Arts, Interpersonal Skills, Intrapersonal Skills, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Language
  • Earn almost half of required credits in learning opportunities chosen by students
  • Complete a Culminating Project.

Special Programs and Opportunities
Support is provided for student-initiated clubs and teams. Current activities include:  Lunch Time Band, Ultimate Frisbee Team, Yearbook,  Robotics, Allies​.  Other opportunities include: Restorative Justice Team, Student Equity Leadership Cohort, Natural Highs Leadership Team, Community Adventure Program, and Theater Improv. 



Principals Message:

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. 

Kirk Quitter, Principal



Points of Pride:

​​Consistent high climate scores in BVSD; An award winning Robotics program; 2010 Ultimate Frisbee​ State Champion 



Mission statement:

​New Vista's Mission--

is to educate, support, nurture and challenge every student by building strong relationships in a unique and equitable educational setting. 
 
At New Vista we measure our success through:
  • Ensuring that all students meet or exceed district outcomes and proficiencies by graduation

  • Ensuring that all graduates are prepared to transition to colleges, universities, technical schools, or other post-secondary opportunities

  • Ensuring that students are proficient in 21st Century Graduate Skills  ​


Vision statement:

​New Vista's Vision-- 

is to create a better world by inspiring students to become lifelong learners who actively participate in their education and community, while passionately pursuing their individual paths.
 
At New Vista we value and promote:
  • A safe, supportive and trusting environment where all voices are valued

  • Excitement for learning

  • A collaborative culture based on respect for individual differences

  • Building meaningful relationships

  • Interdisciplinary teaching and partnerships across the curriculum

  • A rigorous curriculum built around critical thinking

  • Environmental stewardship

  • Social justice through equity, cultural diversity and inclusion
  • Community partnerships through volunteerism and outreach

  • Broad participation in the arts

  • Inter and intrapersonal growth

  • A commitment to progressive education through innovation and revision


Academic Goals:

​New Vista's 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.
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Student/Teacher Ratio: 17:1

Funded Headcount: 320

Equity Goal:  

Enrollment FTE: 294

Climate Goals:  

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