At Vistamar, we are committed to the idea that there is a better way to do high school. Our stellar faculty and staff engaged parents, and an eager, diverse student body make it so. We understand that our students are only with us for four short years, so we have designed our program to provide experiences, challenges, and opportunities to ensure that our students become active, engaged, and inspired. We encourage them to move beyond the status quo while relentlessly embracing the diversity of thought and experience.
High school should not be just a means to an end, but an end in and of itself. Vistamar is not just a series of things to check off a list, but an experience where, together, we create the kind of community that prepares each student for success in college and well beyond.
Our mission is grounded in the idea that Vistamar students will embrace the lives of learning, integrity, and purpose. We strive to reach students where they are rather than whom we think they should be, honoring each individual’s dignity and value in a way that only no other school can. At Vistamar, we prepare each student with the knowledge and character necessary to pursue a life of purpose and fulfillment. With our curriculum inspired by the finest programs globally and a healthy and intentionally diverse community—we are a place to discover who you are and what you can do. Vistamar School empowers students, preparing them to contribute and excel in higher education and life, and commits to:
A broad and balanced program challenges and engages students, building their skills, and inspiring a learning passion.
An intimate atmosphere that fosters initiative, responsibility, knowledge of self, and connections to others.
Diversity of thought and culture encourages the authentic exchange of perspectives, mutual respect, and a mature understanding of the world.
In their studies, in their work, and in their communities, Vistamar students will embrace the lives of learning, integrity, and purpose. At Vistamar, we strive to offer a cutting-edge curriculum that prepares our students to meet the world’s changing social, cultural, and technological demands. We are continuously inspired by the world’s most dynamic educational practices. That is why we designed our curriculum to understand that the best approaches to education exist all over the world. The result is one of the most innovative and globally-oriented academic programs among Los Angeles area independent schools.
If preconceived notions about what good education looks like went unchallenged, Vistamar would not exist. Vistamar was founded with an unswerving commitment to digging deeper and working harder. The school’s program, student body, and cultural ethos prove that there is a better way to educate high school students. Our courageous students choose Vistamar because they have the desire to challenge convention.
Scouring the planet to find the best practices in education has been central to Vistamar’s program, and Vistamar sees program design and innovation as an evergreen opportunity. Our faculty and staff revel in their obligation to advance as learners, along with our students, by bringing them the wealthiest and most engaging educational experience obtainable.
The Vistamar program puts reasonable demands on our students: they are challenged and engaged in their education because they can be teenagers. Their academic, personal, and college goals are always set high. However, our students choose how to meet challenges in ways that suit them—with encouragement from their teachers and advisors to find time for sleep, exercise, healthy nutrition, and leisure along the way.
Vistamar’s program, adopted from best educational practices in Europe, Asia, and the United States, is genuinely globally influenced. Our commitment to global studies is evidenced through student exchanges, travel opportunities, our civic engagement program, and our world language proficiency requirement—all of which are designed to ensure that Vistamar students are prepared to be resourceful in the way they show up as global citizens, and solve real-world situations.