About Us

Head of School's Welcome

Welcome to Vistamar!

At Vistamar, we are committed to the idea that there’s a better way to do high school. Our stellar faculty and staff, engaged parents, and an eager, diverse student body make it so.

We understand that our students are only with us for four short years, so we’ve designed our program to provide experiences, challenges, and opportunities to ensure that our students become active, engaged, and inspired. We encourage them to move beyond the status quo while relentlessly embracing diversity of thought and experience.

High school shouldn’t be just a means to an end, but an end in and of itself. Vistamar isn’t just a series of things to check off a list, but an experience where, together, we create the kind of community that prepares each student for success in college and well beyond.

Our mission is grounded in the idea that Vistamar students will embrace lives of learning, integrity, and purpose. We strive to reach students where they are rather than who we think they should be, honoring each individual’s dignity and value in a way that simply no other school can. At Vistamar, we prepare each student with the knowledge and character necessary to pursue a life of purpose and fulfillment.

With our curriculum inspired by the finest programs in the world and a strong and intentionally diverse communitywe’re a place to discover who you are and what you can do.

At Vistamar you’ll never see high school the same way again. We look forward to the journey!

Chris Bright
Head of School

Chris Bright's Biography

Chris began his teaching career in a small, progressive independent school in his hometown of Oklahoma City. He taught English and British History and was a Team Leader at The American School in London, served as Upper Division Director at New Canaan Country School, and Head of School at Casady School in Oklahoma City. He has served as Executive Director at CHAMPS in Los Angeles since 2014. During the last 10 years as a Head of School and Executive Director Chris has focused on financial and programmatic oversight; pedagogy; development and advancement; governance; facilities development; diversity; marketing and admissions; communications; strategic planning, and mission-centered work.

Chris earned his BA in Art History from Trinity University in San Antonio, and an MA in Philosophy of Education from the University of London, Institute of Education. He completed all coursework (apart from dissertation) toward a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education.

Chris has a deeply felt, personal commitment to diversity and inclusion. He understands how to elicit the needs and experiences of every constituency, and questions and listens to everyone—parents, students, faculty, and staff—with warmth and empathy. His philosophical interest as an artist in the use of space to enhance the learning and community experience will be a great asset to Vistamar as we continue to design our campus in innovative ways that move our mission forward.

Chris will succeed Karen Eshoo, the second Head of School, who has been a seven-year leader of the school. We are grateful to Karen for her leadership, guidance, and dedicated service.

Chris and his wife, Jana, an RN, along with their children Sophie (19), a rising sophomore at Mount Holyoke College, and Sam (18), moved to the South Bay this summer.


 
Vistamar School is a private independent high school in the South Bay region of Los Angeles
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