Personalized learning is key to the high school of the future. A $10 million innovation grant was awarded to Vista High School for their innovative approach in promoting personalized learning for all students.
The North County school in California earned the five year grant through XQ: The Super School Project, a group of engineers and educators who are focused on making high schools function for the 21st century.
Vista High School officials had been working on the application for a year. They were elated at the news.
“I wanted to cry,” said Vista High School Principal Anthony Barela. “I see the opportunity to serve all the kids so they’re not disenfranchised, and we don’t lose them to the system, and they get a fair shake on life.”
Vista students helped develop the winning proposal, focusing on personalized learning.
“I’m proud that we won,” said senior Daniel Giron. “I’m proud that the (students) who come after me will have a better opportunity. It will be a lot more independent and more hands-on.”
165 juniors at Vista are enrolled in the Personalized Learning Academy, a school within a school that allows individualized learning through technology and non traditional methods.