Redesigning a large traditional district school, Vista High School will work to develop creators, inventors, powerful thinkers and innovators — students who learn and grow and take action to solve real-world problems through exploration, analysis, debate, imagination, and risk-taking. It will be a community where communication, collaboration, respect, and the pursuit of meaningful goals will bind and strengthen all of its members. It will be a school that embraces technologies and networks as means to inspire and be inspired — to dive deeper into the disciplines and arts to find understanding and compassion — to build a better world. Students and teachers will co-create curriculum based on the Challenge Based Learning framework and tackle challenges defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
In September 2015, the XQ Institute put out an open call to rethink and design the next American high school through their XQ: Super School Project – perhaps the largest school-redesign challenge in the nation’s history.
One year later, after nearly 700 teams from 45 states submitted applications describing their innovative approaches, XQ announced 10 winning schools, each of whom will receive $10 million over the next five years to take their plans to action.
As we celebrate Vista High School, we also send our heartfelt congratulations to the other nine XQ Super Schools – two of which, Brooklyn Lab High School and Furr High School, belong to districts also in our League of Innovative Schools!
We’re excited for this opportunity to create a sustainable model that can be shared with other schools across the nation to improve learning for all students, everywhere.