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Click on the Blueprint brochure above to see an example of a service learning project Vista students created and published in partnership with TVK Designs, a business in the community. 


Continuous Improvement

The Vista Unified School District is committed to continuous improvement in every aspect of the organization from promoting high levels of students achievement, to maintaining safe and secure facilities, to promoting active partnerships with local businesses, to securing access to university admission for all high school graduates.

Continuous improvement requires on-going strategic planning. The Vista Unified School Improvement.jpgDistrict completed a year long process of developing a Framework for the Future intended to ensure that students at all grade levels have access to, and are actively engaged in, a learning path that will lead to a seamless transition into successful college and career opportunities. The development of the Framework for the Future started in September 2012 and included parents, community members, teachers, staff, and students. This Framework outlines the foundational principles that will guide the development and implementation of the district's Blueprint for Education Excellence and Innovation. All subsequent district plans, systems, policies, and procedures will be carefully aligned to the principles outlined in the Framework for the Future.

The Framework for the Future establishes the anchor points that serve as the foundation for teaching and learning, and other support systems within the school district. The first anchor point is setting a clear vision for the future, providing a sense of direction of where we want to go and what we want to become as school district. The second anchor point is the establishment of a mission that serves to define the overall purpose of the district, outlining specific language of why we exist. The third anchor point is the commitment to a set of values that all members of the school district (parents, students, teachers, and staff) will follow in order to ensure that all learning environments support the positive academic and behavioral growth of all students. The fourth anchor point is establishing a set of beliefs that convert the values to convictions, describing the character of the district as a living organization.  The fifth anchor point is establishing strategic parameters that will keep the district focused and efficient, serving as the formula that will lead the district to actualize the vision of becoming The Model for Educational Excellence and Innovation.

Framework for the Future


Our vision in Vista Unified is to be the model of educational excellence and innovation. 



The purpose of Vista Unified School District is to inspire every student to persevere as a critical thinker who collaborates to solve real world problems. 



  • RESPECT: treating all with dignity
  • TRUST: having confidence that every decision focuses on the best interests of all students
  • COLLABORATION: working in a collective partnership with clear two-way dialogue that builds relationships among home, school and the community




We believe that…

  • All students have a unique capacity to learn. 
  • ​Risk taking, effort and perseverance lead to excellence and innovation. 
  • ​Individuals learn and work best in a safe, nurturing environment. 
Strategic Parameters 


We will always…


  • Promote servant leadership qualities in our students, staff, and administration.
  • Provide all stakeholders access to transparent information to promote two-way dialogue.
  • Include family and community members as partners in education.


We will never…

  • Give up on a student.
  • Stop learning and improving. 
  • Tolerate disrespectful attitudes or treatment towards others. 

District Goal Setting

In order for the district to make progress toward the vision, and fully implement the mission, Superintendent Vodicka worked with the School Board Members to set overarching goals that encompass all programs and support systems for students including achievement, language acquisition, service learning, and school attendance, and climate. These goals are closely aligned to the California State Board of Education priorities for the development of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). While all of the goals are important, They were developed in tiers of priority. The highest priority is to ensure that all students have proficiency in English language arts, mathematics, and English language development (Goal 1). The next level of priorities focus on improving graduation rates with students actively engaged in A-G completion and service learning projects (Goals 2 and 3). The final level of priority includes a variety of goals that will promote a robust set of experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM), as well as, improved learning environments that engage students as stewards of they own learning. Each goal has a specific metric (or metrics) identified to continuously monitor progress toward achieving the goal over time.  

Vista Unified School Board Goals - Revised

Goal 1: We want our students to demonstrate high levels of literacy in English (reading, writing, and listening & speaking)

Metric A: ELA Proficiency Rate

Metric B: Reclassification Rate at Five Years


Goal 2: We want our students to have expertise in mathematics. 

Metric: Math Proficiency Rate


Goal 3: Our Students will graduate from high school ready for college and career. 

Metric A: Graduation Rate

Metric B: A-G Completion Rate

Metric C: Advanced Placement Completion Rate


Goal 4: Experience with service learning will help students to solve real world problems. 

Metric: Service Learning Participation Rate 


Goal 5: Our students and staff will model our values or respect, trust, and collaboration.  

​Metric: Survey Results


Goal 6: Our learning materials, teacher assignments, and facilities will promote excellence.  

Metric: Williams Compliance Report


Goal 7: More students will be proficient in aspects of "STEAM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics )

Metric A: Science Proficiency Rate

Metric B: Technology Proficiency Rate

Metric C: Engineering Proficiency Rate

Metric D: Visual and Performing Arts Participation Rate


Goal 8: Our students will attend school more often and improve in their behavior.  

Metric A: Attendance Rate

Metric B: Suspension Rate

Metric C: Expulsion Rate


​Goal 9: Our reputation for excellence and innovation will attract and retain students. 

Metric: Interdistrict Transfer 

Strategic Planning

With a clear vision for the future, a clearly defined Graduation-Pic-3-4.jpgmission as an organization, values that promote a positive, student centered environment, and goals for what we expect students to achieve, the district embarked on a year-long strategic planning process culminate with the development of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation. The word blueprint is defined as  "a detailed plan or program of action"  (Miriam Webster, 2012). The Vista Unified School District's Blueprint for Education Excellence and Innovation was designed to provide a plan of action for how the daily educational environment will support students to access the California Common Core State Standards and demonstrate attainment of the School Board Goals. Ultimately, greater levels of student access to the standards and engagement in meaningful, personalized learning environments will lead the district towards realizing the vision of becoming the model of educational excellence and innovation. This planning process led to the strategic parameters that define what the organization will do in a specific, methodical, and consistent way to promote high quality teaching and learning. In other words, the strategic planning process focused on identifying the key actions, tasks, and projects necessary to realize the Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals.  The development of the Blueprint actively engaged all stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, and staff) in a series of community forums have been held to inform and gather input about how to ensure that Vista Unified becomes the model for educational excellence and innovation. All of the feedback gathered from more than 50 community forums, as well as feedback gathered from on-line surveys, was utilized during the strategic planning process.

elementary-students-computer-laptop.jpgThe strategic planning process was labor intensive because it required the careful review and alignment of a variety of current district plans such as the Local Education Agency Plan, the School Safety Plans, the Technology Plan, the Special Education Strategic Plan, the Master Plan for English Learners, and others. The process also carefully identified who would be involved in each task and/or project, what structure would need to be in place to ensure success, how each task and/or project would be monitored, what risks were involved, and what timelines would need to be established to keep track of progress. 

A parallel project that was developed along side the Blueprint was the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is a component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Each school district and charter school is required to develop an LCAP to identify goals and actions the district will take to ensure that students have access to the California Common Core State Standards and demonstrate high levels of achievement on a variety of state and local assessments. The information for developing the LCAP was taken directly from the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation. Please visit the Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control Accountability Plan webpages for more information.  

Project Lead

Matt Doyle, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Vista Unified School District


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LCAP Watch Website Published

The Education Trust- West organization has developed a robust website called LCAP Watch to monitor the Local Control Accountability Plans for all school districts in California. Click HERE to vist the website and Vista Unified has published the LCAP to this website

DELAC, DPAC and LCFF Committee Feedback and Superintendent Response

Click HERE (españolto view feedback provided by the District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC), the District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC), and the LCFF Advisory Committee. This document also provides an individualized response from the Superintendent to each of the points of feedback and questions from each committee. 

Blueprint Fast Facts

The Blueprint and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) development process involved many people and numerous documents. Please find below a series of "Fast Facts" documents that summarize the key ...more

School Board Updates on Blueprint Development Process

Click HERE to view the July 24, 2014 School Board update on the Blueprint implementation.

Click HERE to view the June 26, 2014 Blueprint Public Meeting Presentation. E spañol

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Blueprint and LCAP Development Update

May 12, 2014

This is an update regarding the development of the Vista Unified “Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation” and alignment to the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

The ...more

Blueprint Feedback Process is Now Closed

Community Involvement is a key component of the development of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). During the months of March and ...more

DPAC and DELAC Feedback Forums

The information identified below will be used during the District Parent Advisory Committee (DPAC) and District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) Feedback Forums held to review and provide ...more

Local Control Accountability Plan Approval Process

The California County Superintendents Educational Service Association (CCSESA) has developed a procedural manual for the review and approval of each district Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). ...more

Community Forum Feedback Report

The Blueprint development process is coming into the final four weeks. Click HERE to check out highlights from the community feedback forums we have been hosting for the past two months. 

Achievement For High Needs Students Guide Action Planning

The development of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) must be based on a thorough analysis of the achievement results for ...more

School Board Goals Aligned to LCAP Priorities

The Vista Unified School Board Goals have been recently updated. Click HERE to view the alignment of the School Board Goals to the LCAP priorities. 

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Blueprint Tweets

Communication Plan

Vista Unified is committed to maintaining high levels of communication with parents, students, teachers and staff as the district develops the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation and ...more

Superintendent's Overview of the Blueprint Development Process

Click HERE to view a ten minute over view of the Blueprint Development process narrated by Dr. Vodicka. 

Blueprint/LCAP Development Timeline

Click HERE to access the Blueprint development timeline. 

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Blueprint Alignment to State LCAP Priorities

Click HERE to see how the Vista Unified School Board Goals align to the Local Control Accountability Plan priorities. 

Blueprint and LCAP Stakeholder Feedback Results

Click HERE to view the latest results of the stakeholder feedback on the development of the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation and the LCAP. 

Frequently Asked Questions for Blueprint and LCAP

What is the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation?

The Blueprint is a plan of action that defines key aspects of the educational environment that are necessary for students to access the ...more

Community Involvement Forums Master Schedule

Click HERE to access a master schedule that outlines all of the different community input forums scheduled from 2012 to 2014.

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Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

Click HERE to access the LCFF webpage to learn more. 


Click HERE to access the Superintendent's LCFF Advisory Committee information. 

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Click HERE to access the LCAP webpage to learn more. 


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