Vista High School was awarded $10 million to create a “Super School” in an effort to increase engagement among students, it was announced this week.
XQ Institute’s The Super School Project received 700 proposals from schools across the country and only 10 were selected, including the North County school.
“The Super School Project was born out of the conviction and commitment that every child from every background has a right to a quality education that prepares them for a future none of us can easily predict,” said Russlynn Ali, CEO of XQ Institute. “We are proud to partner with each of these 10 amazing teams who represent the power of communities coming together to restore the goals and excellence that the founders of our public schools envisioned.”
Vista High School uses a rigorous, hands-on, collaborative approach that challenges students to take control of their learning. The redesign plan was developed through extensive collaboration between students and teachers and their shared ambition to enable learning relevant to students’ lives.
“We are so thankful and honored by this generous award,” said Principal Anthony Barela. “For the last three years, we have been focused on learning from our students and using their feedback to create new pathways of success. Now, our whole community has come together to push ourselves further and co-create a new model for American high school with our students at the helm.”
In partnership with Digital Promise, Vista High School students will be given the tools to co-create curriculum with their teachers and tackle real-world challenges defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Their unique approach, which focuses both on academics and social and emotional learning, will enable students to take control of their learning, tackle real-world problems with empathy and collaboration, and act as global change agents.
The Super School Project was born from a commitment made by Emerson Collective in July 2014 to find and develop the best designs for next generation high schools as part of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.
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