Vista High School offers a comprehensive honors program in which academically motivated students develop their full potential by pursuing rigorous curricula in grades 9 – 12. The International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) programs are included in our honors program. Classes in grades 11 and 12 are labeled IB or AP (with the additional option of AP Human Geography in grade 9 & AP European History in grade 10) which culminate in a variety of assessments.
In grades 9 and 10, courses prepare students for success in the IB Diploma Program and AP exams, which are primarily administered in May of the 11th and 12th grade years. Most universities give college level credit for passing scores on the IB higher level and AP exams, and the two programs are universally recognized for their high academic standards. It is highly recommended that students intent on going to college fill in individualized 4-year academic plans in 9th grade and review them annually with their Counselors and the Honors Coordinator. As students prepare for college, they are advised to remain aware of Vista High School’s graduation requirements, college entrance requirements and the advanced credit policies of the colleges to which they are applying. The College and Career Center, Honors Coordinator and Counselors can assist students with this task. Review information on VHS Course Catalog page on the Counseling section of the website.
*Note: If students are interested in joining CSF (California Scholastic Federation) and graduating in white, students should contact the CSF club advisor
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (11-12)
The Full IB Diploma (IBDP), internationally recognized, is awarded to students who successfully complete coursework and examinations in 6 academic areas: English, world language, history, science, math and arts (music, visual arts, drama or dance). Students follow a challenging course of study in these fields over a two-year period (junior and senior year) as well as complete a course in Theory of Knowledge (TOK), a Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) project and an extended essay (EE), for which they work with a staff advisor.
Advanced Placement (AP)
In the Advanced Placement program, which is administered by the College Board, students test in specific subject areas. Unlike the IB, students may test after only one year of study. Some AP classes may have prerequisites, so students should consult the Honors Coordinator and their Counselors for more information.
It is highly recommended that students intent on going to college fill in individualized 4-year academic plans in 9th grade and review them annually with their Counselors and the Honors Coordinator.