Vistamar School

Founded in 2005, Vistamar is a college preparatory day school serving students in grades 9–12. Vistamar’s curriculum draws from the methods of top educational systems around the world. Extracurricular activities include athletic teams, student-led clubs and affinity groups, and an active performing arts department. 

In what ways is Vistamar school extraordinary?

Vistamar attracts students who are driven to learn. We cultivate critical thinking and independence and provide singular experiences, academic challenges and extracurricular opportunities so students can grow as active and inspired learners. We cultivate technology-rich and future-ready skills in an inclusive community. Our curriculum fosters critical thinking, collaborative and independent problem-solving, self-reflection and leadership, advanced writing, language and technological fluency. 

What’s the best way to encourage a lifelong love of learning?

Our exceptional faculty inspires our students, instilling a love of learning and discovery. With a 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio and small class size, every student is mentored and seen. Our teachers are not only extraordinary academics, they are also passionate, dedicated educators who form respectful and long-lasting relationships with students. 

Why do students love Vistamar?

Our students want the challenge of being introduced to a bigger world through the people they go to school with and the work they do in and out of class. Our values of equity, inclusion and belonging have profoundly shaped Vistamar’s multicultural curriculum, student co-curricular life, lively family engagement and educational programming. Students are surrounded by peers with diverse backgrounds, thoughts and experiences, and they care about understanding each other. 

Tell us about your various programs.

More than 60% of our students participate on an athletic team, and our teams regularly compete in CIF-SS playoffs and state tournaments. Other popular programs include VistaSports Broadcasting, newspaper, social impact club and other leadership options. Vistamar’s exploratory electives offer experiential learning opportunities for students to pursue interests with faculty support. 

How do you prepare students for college and beyond?

The colleges and universities our graduates attend reflect the selectivity and variety expected from one of L.A.’s finest independent schools. Students work with the same college counselor from ninth grade through graduation, who provides strong college planning support. Our alumni report that the collaboration, creativity and communication skills acquired at our school give them a distinct advantage in college.