New Vista High School

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New Vista High School
Boulder, Colorado
United States
Coordinates 40°00′03″N 105°16′02″W / 40.00089°N 105.26717°W / 40.00089; -105.26717Coordinates: 40°00′03″N 105°16′02″W / 40.00089°N 105.26717°W / 40.00089; -105.26717
Type Public high school
Established 1993
Principal Kirk Quitter
Assistant Principal Ivette Visbal
Faculty 48
Grades 912
Number of students 307
Color(s) Black and Teal         
Athletics Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Dodgeball Vs. Boulder Police.
Mascot Phoenix, Australian Shepherd
Founded by Rona Wilensky

New Vista is a small public high school in Boulder, Colorado. It was founded in 1993 by Rona Wilensky. The Colorado Department of Education's School Accountability report has consistently rated New Vista high school has a "high" performing school.[citation needed][1][2][3]


NVHS runs on a quarter system. Unusual in public education is its grading standard requiring a B- or better to pass a class.[4][5]

New Vista maintains relationships with nearby University of Colorado and both major high schools in Boulder, Boulder High School and Fairview High School, allowing students access to courses available through those institutions.

New Vista works on a different credit system from other regional public schools, but transfer students are still accepted. Two NVHS credits are equal to either one year at a traditional high school or one MAPS (Minimum Academic Preparation Standards) Credit.

In order to graduate, NVHS students must complete a Culminating Project, a substantial work designed and executed independently by seniors.


Every student at New Vista is assigned to a mixed-grade advisory class which they attend for all four years. Advisors help students stay on track with academics, scheduling and general support.

Community Gatherings are a weekly, mandatory opportunity for students and teachers to gather as a whole and announce recent/upcoming events.

Career development[edit]

On Wednesdays, school ends at 11:30 and the students can either do a workshop or a Community Experience. Workshops take place on and off campus, led by diverse professionals from the community on a variety of subjects. Past workshops have included herbalism, improvisation, embroidery, and knitting. During Community Experiences, students seek out and then work quarter-long unpaid internships at local businesses. NVHS also has service learning and extra-credit language programs.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

New Vista's has a successful, award-winning ultimate frisbee program, open to all students.[citation needed] It is additionally home to the only co-ed volleyball team in the state, which won a 2007 state championship.[citation needed]

Other athletics[edit]

Athletics at New Vista are limited, so many students participate in other schools' sports teams. Students who participate in Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) sports at other high schools can receive a fee waiver for 0.4 credit per season completed.

Earth Task Force[edit]

Earth Task Force is New Vista's environmental action group. Since its inception the program has received several grants and awards, including the $10,000 Green Prize in public education for its creativity in greening the school using limited resources.[citation needed]


All clubs at New Vista are formed and organized by students. Some of the clubs include: Robotics, ADDC Dance Crew, The Break Down Dance Crew, Railroad Model Train Society, Manga Club, and many more.


The BVSD Bond Program has allowed New Vista to undergo facility renovations in the main office, the cafeteria and the study center.


  1. ^ "New Vista High School - Boulder Valley School District". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "New Vista High School". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "New Vista High School". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "New Vista High School Overview". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "New Vista High School". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

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