Vistas High School Program
Website – http://vistas.kleinisd.net/
Twitter – @VistasHSProgram
Facebook – http://fb.me/VistasHSProgram
Phone – (832) 484-7650
Fax – (832) 484-7697
School Hours – 7:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Rating – Met Standard
Enrollment – 195
Mascot – Vikings
Principal – Bob Anderson
Assistant Principal – Julie Gras
Counselor – Kim Mahnke
The Vistas High School Program opened in the fall of 2006. The concept of a high school of choice was rst identi ed as a strategy to ensure that the Klein ISD meets the needs of all learners as part of the Shaping Our Future discussions during the 2003-2004 school year. In November of 2004, an action team was formed to articulate the mission and purpose of Vistas. The Vistas program is based on the principles of rigor, relevance, relationships, respect and responsibility. Students who would like to attend Vistas will complete an application and meet with an interview committee to determine if Vistas is the appropriate education program to meet the student’s personal and academic goals.
Vistas provides a small and nurturing learning environment. A challenging rigorous curriculum is necessary to prepare students for post secondary education and the world of work. An environment of respect among the staff and students is created so that students at Vistas have a sense of self-worth. Students at Vistas must accept responsibility for doing whatever it takes to earn their high school diploma.
Our counselor will develop an Individual Graduation Plan for each student to ensure the student’s individual goals are reflected in the academic program. The counselor also works with every student to ensure that he/she has a post graduate transition plan in place. It is our goal to meet the needs of all of our students both personally and academically.
At Vistas, we encourage and rely on the open lines of communication with the staff, teachers and parents to ensure the success of each of our students. Parents are encouraged to contact the school with any questions or concerns, or if they would like to get involved by becoming a campus volunteer. We also offer several helpful resources on our parent website, including information about attendance, cafeteria plans, laptop responsibilities in support of the one-to-one program, transportation options, and much more.
Vistas provides a small and nurturing learning environment. A challenging rigorous curriculum is necessary to prepare students for post secondary education and the world of work. The faculty at Vistas is composed of teachers who are fully certi ed and highly quali ed in various content areas. A curriculum that has relevance to the students’ lives and personal goals will result in greater motivation for learning The small school size and small class size allows learners to form relationships with the staff.
English Language Arts
The ELA program at the high school level encourages
students to become lifelong readers through efferent and aesthetic reading experiences. It also urges students to think critically, communicate verbally, and write in all purposes
and modes speci ed by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Methods of instruction are adapted to meet the needs of students, and technology is integrated to enhance communication skills. High school courses are designed to re ne the skills of students and to prepare them for a transition to college or career.
Students continue to build on the basic foundation developed in grades K-8 as they expand their understanding through other math experiences. These foundations include the understanding of number, operation, and quantitative reasoning, patterns, relationships and algebraic thinking, geometry, measurement, probability and statistics. All are essential throughout high school math courses.
In high school, students conduct eld and laboratory investigations, use scienti c methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical-thinking and scienti c problem solving.
At the high school level, social studies courses include world geography, U.S. history, world history, government, and economics.
Vistas targets students who:
- Need credit recovery options in order to complete high school.
- Benefit from a smaller and more individualized learning environment.
A student wishing to attend Vistas will complete an application and meet with an interview committee. A conference with the student and the student’s parents will be scheduled to discuss and determine if Vistas is the appropriate education program to meet the student’s personal and academic goals.
Benefits of Vistas
• Extended hours for credit recovery.
• A smaller student-to-teacher ratio of approximately 15-to-1.
• Individual Learning Plans that ensure the student’s individual goals are reflected in the student’s academic program.
• Technology that is used as a tool in a one-to-one learning environment to facilitate the teaching-learning process and accommodate different learning styles.
• Ongoing assessment of student progress through the use of classroom-based assessments and standardized assessments.
• A highly-qualified staff with diverse talents in multiple areas of expertise and certifications that function as a professional learning community.