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Vista Del Mar School District

In 1926, Vista Del Mar Union School District was formed. Three one room schoolhouses were combined to make the Vista Del Mar Union School District. The schools that were combined were the Orella School, the Las Cruces School, and the Alcatraz School. The old Spanish Style building that sits on northbound 101, just before the Mariposa Reina exit, is the former site of Vista de Las Cruces School which was built in 1927.

The Vista Del Mar School District stretches along the coastline serving kids well, from El Capitan, out to the Hollister Ranch, up to Las Cruces and along the coast out to Point Concepcion. Open enrollment is available for neighboring communities through an application process.  Vista de Las Cruces School provides the educational setting for students beginning with Transitional Kindergarten through Grade 8.  

In 1992, Chevron sponsored the relocation and the construction of a most stunning and beautiful mission style Vista de Las Cruces School, tucked in the hillsides of the scenic Gaviota State Park and home to all the wonders of nature. 

Generations of families from all around the coastline have been attending Vista De Las Cruces School.  As a leader, I have heard firsthand from grandparents, former board and staff members, alumni, and community members the dedication this district has for family and a culture that values students first and honors the traditions of the past. 

Currently, the school is in distance learning due to COVID-19 restrictions. The goal is to re-open the school as soon as it meets the state and county health standards to safely bring students and staff back to the campus.  In the meantime, every day we as a staff engage with ALL students virtually beginning at 8:05 a.m.  During the day, you will witness firsthand the level of commitment by our team of educators and the involvement of our students in the learning activities.  Telling stories, sharing highlights, singing, dancing, exercising, and celebrating special occasions are a normal part of the child’s school day. What makes our students so special is their kindness and support for each other and shared across all grade levels.  We are unique with small class sizes and develop and monitor personalize learning plans for each student.  Our priorities include student achievement, active participation, and caring for each child with love and compassion. We see our students building upon their best efforts every single day!

As the Superintendent/Principal I am confident of the commitment of our staff, the support of our community, and the leadership of our school board governance team, putting the needs of students first.  We are moving forward to grow in enrollment, and to excel as a school for equity and excellence in education for ALL.  Together, we will build upon the foundation of the school’s history.  Everything good is possible in the future to create history for this generation of students at Vista de Las Cruces School, home of the Wildcats. 

By Dr. Lois Peterson, Superintendent/Principal

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