New Student Information

Welcome New Vikings! The Vistamar School Admissions Team is so pleased you have decided to join the Vistamar community and we look forward to helping you make a smooth transition into high school. In the coming months, you will receive a lot of information to get you ready and we know you will have some questions along the way. On the left of this page, there are important dates and downloads. On the right, there is a drop down menu with details for topics and events you may have questions about.

We will update this information periodically, so be sure to check back often. Please email Lorena Campos in Student Services at LorenaCampos@VistamarSchool.org or call us at 310.643.7377 if you have any questions.
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APRIL 
- April 27 - 29 - Spring Musical
  www.vistamarschool.org/theatre

MAY 
- May 5 - Blue & Gold Gala
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 May 23 - Voices Concert
  7-9pm at Vistamar

JUNE (camp info here)
- June 14-15 - Running Camp
- June 25-26 - Girls Volleyball Camp
- June 27-29 - Soccer Camp

JULY (camp info here)
July 9-11 - Boys Basketball Camp

AUGUST
- August 1 - Return Physical Exam for for Fall Athletics
                  - Final Transcripts & Cumulative File Due 
August 13-15 - Freshman Institute
- August 14 - New Parent Orientation
- August 27 - New Student Orientation
- August 28 -  First Day of School


Details

List of 17 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What is the Freshmen Institute?

    As an antidote to “first day of high school jitters,” the entire incoming freshmen class is invited to campus for three half-days in August for Freshmen Institute. During the Institute, 9th graders become more familiar with the school, their new classmates, the Vistamar culture, and some of their teachers. The activities are designed around the theme of “how to be a successful high school student.”

    This year’s Freshmen Institute will be held Monday, August 13 - Wednesday, August 15 from 8:30am-12:00pm. We’re hopeful that all new 9th graders can attend, but we know that there are many summer commitments that may make it difficult to participate.
  • Q: What is New Student Orientation?

    All incoming freshmen and transfer students will need to attend the new student orientation. At this orientation, students will receive their class schedules, have time to locate their classrooms, talk with future teachers, and take school photos.

    New Student Orientation is on Monday, August 27 from 9am-2pm.
  • Q: What is New Parent Orientation?

    Whether your new Viking is your oldest child, youngest child, or somewhere in between, it’s just as important for parents to make the transition to high school. Parenting a high school student is different than parenting at other grade levels, and your partnership with Vistamar will be different than your partnership with past schools. To start to envision how the next four years will unfold, please join our incoming Head of School, Chris Bright, for New Parent Orientation. In addition to receiving important information, this is also a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with other new Vistamar parents.

    This orientation will be on Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00pm in the Performing Arts Space.
  • Q: How does course selection work?

    Schedules will be sent to students in late July/early August. The following is the standard 9th grade schedule:

    Humanities 9: Core class for all freshmen students.

    Math: Level determined by placement exam and previous coursework. All incoming students will take a placement exam in late May or early June.

    Language: Level determined by placement exam. If a student chose not to take a placement exam, we need to know a preference for Chinese I or Spanish I - A course selection email will follow.

    Modular Science I: Modular Science II with placement exam only. See the 'Modular Science Program' drop down below for more information.

    Arts Survey: Vistamar’s Visual and Performing Arts Department has an Arts Survey course for all incoming ninth grade students. This is a year-long course that will expose freshmen to drawing & painting, digital art & design, and theater & performing arts. Students will spend a trimester in each of the three arts disciplines, which will serve as a gateway to discovery and a foundation for a broad range of visual and performing arts courses and co-curricular activities to further develop their artistic abilities as they continue their high school experience at Vistamar.
  • Q: How does transfer student course selection work?

    More information will be sent directly to you.
  • Q: Tell me more about the Modular Science Program

    The vast majority of freshmen will enroll in Modular Science I. However, if you feel like you have a good middle school science background and would like the opportunity to challenge yourself with an AP science course as early as your sophomore year, we encourage you to take the Modular Science II placement test. Below is a list of topics covered in Modular Science I. If you can sufficiently demonstrate these skills by passing the exam, you may be placed in Modular Science II your 9th grade year.

    Physics: Measurements, Models, States of Matter; Mechanics and Kinematics; Forces and Laws of Motion

    Chemistry: Matter; Atoms and Atomic Structure; Chemical Compounds and Naming; Introduction to Chemical Bonding

    Biology: Ecology; Human Impact on the Environment; Environmental Health

    Modular Science placement exams are by request only. Please be sure to submit your request in the placement test form when it is available.

    Modular Science I Detailed Curriculum

  • Q: What do I need to know about Placement Exams?

    Placement exam information will be available after April 10th.
  • Q: What should I know about MyVistamar Login Information?

    Students, our IT department will be sending login instructions soon for you to create your account on our website, along with Vistamar Gmail instructions. Stay tuned!

    Parents, your login information will remain the same. If you need your password reset, please email admissions@vistamarschool.org.

  • Q: Tell me more about the Technology Requirement (BYOL)

    Vistamar implements a “Bring Your Own Laptop” (BYOL) program. All students will be required to come to school each day with a laptop purchased, owned, and maintained by the student’s family.

    In order to fully support the academic program, the device must be a laptop, which is defined as a portable and personal computer with a keyboard and trackpad that runs a full-featured operating system (Mac OS or Windows). iPads and other tablet devices, netbooks, Chromebooks, or other more limited mobile computing devices are not acceptable. We have no specific preference for the brand or model, as long as it meets basic requirements. Detailed specifications for the program are listed on our technology page.

    A stipend for device purchase will be available for students participating in Vistamar’s Moderated Tuition program. Please complete the Supplemental Moderated Fund Request form here and call 310-643-7377 or send an email to byol@vistamarschool.org for more information.

    Please review and read the BYOL guidelines outlined on the page closely. If you have any questions about the BYOL program, please contact the Vistamar Educational Technology office by phone at 424.277.1099 or email at EdTech@VistamarSchool.org.
  • Q: What do I need to know about Textbooks and School Supplies?

    During the first week of school, each teacher will make clear what is expected and needed for success in class. To make it through your first day, you should at least bring a writing utensil and notebook.

    Textbook ordering information will be live on Monday, July 30. We will send a notification when the ordering site is live and ready to begin taking orders.
  • Q: Do students have Summer Reading Assignments?

    More information to follow.
  • Q: What should I know about the Bus Program?

    Our bus program serves families who travel great distances to attend Vistamar – those coming from the north and from the east of our El Segundo campus.

    In the 2018-19 school year, the service will be available in the mornings and afternoons after athletic practices. Families are responsible for covering the cost of bus transportation, which is $1,500 per year, each way (roughly $7/day each way). Vistamar partners with families who are participating in Moderated Tuition on an individual basis to help make the program affordable.

    The full bus route and schedule will be posted when it is available. Families interested in the school bus program should contact Karma Kumar, Business Office Coordinator, with any questions. KarmaKumar@VistamarSchool.org
  • Q: What should I know about lunch?

    Vistamar serves a catered lunch through Tisket a Tasket and students may purchase this lunch or bring their own from home. Lunches can be ordered online on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis from the student portal. More information for ordering lunch will be available once students receive their login information.
  • Q: Learn more about Athletics

    If you plan to participate on any Vistamar team, you will need to have a physical exam prior to the start of that sport’s season. This is a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) rule and will be strictly enforced. Athletes will not be permitted to practice or play in games without an up-to-date physical exam on file. Please have the completed form returned to school by August 1st, 2018. Practices for most fall sports will begin on August 20, 2018.

    Every student is guaranteed a spot on a Vistamar Athletics team. There are no try-outs, but students will be placed on Frosh/Soph, Junior Varsity, and Varsity teams accordingly. For more information contact Athletics@VistamarSchool.org.
  • Q: Learn more about Health Forms and Releases

    Vistamar needs student health information for its records. This information is needed for field trips, off-campus service learning visits, global travel, and to make sure we take the best possible care of your children while they are at school.

    Parents and students will need to review and sign a number of forms in this system, including several that require a doctor’s signature. Access to forms that need to be downloaded, signed, and re-uploaded will be available in late June.

    NOTE: Vistamar School requires an annual physical for all students, and California law requires immunizations for all students who do not have a medical exemption. We encourage families to plan ahead and schedule an appointment before mid-summer for an annual physical and immunization review. You will need to bring several forms with you to that appointment.
  • Q: Learn more about PAVE , our Parent Association

    The mission of PAVE is to:

    • Serve the administration and parent body by providing vehicles for communication, feedback, and the marshaling of resources, such as volunteer time.
    • Serve the school community as a whole by representing the perspective of parents.
    • Organize to meet the needs of parents, such as establishing and maintaining community norms outside the school day or addressing the particular educational interests of parents.
    All Vistamar parents are automatically members of PAVE and we invite you to get involved in the committees, attend meetings, and seize the opportunity to work with other parents to support our students through their high school years.

    To volunteer, please fill out the following form. With any questions, contact the PAVE Council at PAVE@VistamarSchool.org.
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