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Magnet Schools Overview





The Vista Unified magnet school programs were designed to both inspire and challenge students to engage in learning environments that are focused on unique pathways aligned to the growing demands of an increasingly complex global society and workforce economy. Please use this website to explore the options and follow our collective efforts to make the magnet school experience world class.


Magnet School Purpose

Magnet schools are visionary, innovative and are free and open to anyone.  Due to high demand, most schools determine student acceptance by a lottery system.  The idea of magnet schools began in 1971, and in 1975, the term “magnet” had caught on so well in four short years the federal government was using the term.  Today, magnet schools have emerged as educational beacons in communities, incorporating themed curricula, hands-on, experiential learning,and a diverse tapestry of students and academic requirements that often exceed those of the school district or state.  Magnet Schools of America


Equity Defined

Educational equity means that each child receives what he or she needs to develop to his or her full academic and social potential. Source: National Equity Project


Magnet School Community Forum Feedback from May 7, 2019

Magnet School Steering Committee

The Magnet School Steering Committee is designed to be used as a formal venue to promote program enhancements, ensure equitable access for all students, gather data on program impact, and provide feedback to the Superintendent and School Board on magnet school support and continuous improvement.      


Committee Charter Details

  • Mission: Promotion of magnet school programs with equitable access for all students
  • Authority: Advisory to Superintendent and School Board 
  • Responsibilities: TBD
  • Composition: The committee is comprised of students, parents, teachers,  administrators. 

Frequency: Quarterly 

  • May 7, 2019
  • June 13, 2019
  • September 19, 2019
  • December 19, 2019

Location: Vista Innovation Center, Conference Center




Committee Agenda Structure

  • Status of Magnet Schools (Lightning Round)

    • Each school sends a rep. (principal, teacher, other) to provide a brief update on the highlights of the program over the past three months.

  • Topic Focus

    • Building Equity

    • Promoting to All

    • Tracking Impact

    • Pathways

  • Feedback

  • Talking Points

  • Sprint Teams


  • Practice empathy 
  • Centered on VUSD Framework for the Future
  • Focus on student
  • Mutual commitment to outcomes
  • Actively participate in person
  • Seek first to understand
  • Work collaboratively to identify solution options 


Magnet Steering Committee Meeting Agendas 


May 7, 2019

  • Agenda
  • Resources
  • Talking Points 

June 13, 2019

  • Agenda
  • Resources
  • Talking Points

September 19, 2019

  • Agenda
  • Resources
  • Talking Points

December 19, 2019

  • Agenda
  • Resources
  • Talking Points