Vistamar draws from the best practices worldwide to create a rigorous and innovative curriculum with a global perspective. Our curriculum fosters: critical thinking, collaborative and independent problem solving, self-reflection and leadership, advanced writing, language and technological fluency.
Some specific program features include:
- Modular science curriculum
- Integrated mathematics curriculum (VistaMath)
- Mandarin and Spanish language proficiency requirement (based on ACTFL standards)
- Grade level seminars
- Senior capstone projects
- Life Planning practice
- 17 College Board advanced placement courses
Vistamar’s academic programs aim to do more than teach facts and figures. Each program was designed to prepare our students to thrive in a globalized society. Together, our programs make up a curriculum that develops in each student:
- Global consciousness, evidenced by communicative proficiency in a second language, awareness of geographical and historical contexts for world affairs, an appreciation of cultures that are different from one’s own, and a sense of responsibility for stewardship of the environment.
- Cultural competence, evidenced by genuine interest in the experience of others, an understanding of the interplay between individuality and cultural identity, active valuing of diversity as an asset, and the skills that enable one to cross cultural boundaries.
- Strong communication skills, characterized by respectful listening, clear expression, and thoughtful consideration of various points of view.
- Mathematical and scientific literacy adequate to the demands of responsible citizenship in a complex, technical society.
- Habits of mind required to be a reflective practitioner in any field: observing, questioning, reflecting, making connections between ideas, seeking the bigger picture, self-awareness as a learner, and honest self-assessment.
- Intellectual skills required to be an effective knowledge manager in any field: flexible mastery of research strategies, a command of multiple frames of reference, and the ability to impose organizational structures on complex data.
- Experience in the arts as a doer and maker, as well as an observer, contributing to imagination, aesthetic sense, and creative expressiveness.
- Qualities of citizenship, marked by engagement in community affairs, participation in collective decision making, and commitment to mutually beneficial interactions with others.
- Integrity and moral courage as an autonomous individual, supported by health and balance in one’s personal life.
The athletic program at Vistamar School is comprised of 20 teams representing 10 different sports at the Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshman/Sophomore levels. More than half of our student body participates in athletics throughout the academic year. Vistamar student-athletes are supported by an incredible group of coaches who strive to foster the rich tradition of Vistamar athletics and devote their time and energy to bringing excellence to our athletic program.