I am Principal Kirstin Lasto, and I am excited to see your kids thrive in our flexible learning programs. As a parent, teacher, and leader, I understand your commitment to educating your children. I value our partnership, and I am always open to hearing your ideas and getting to know you!
Classical Academy Vista is a California Distinguished School that supports students in obtaining mastery of the California Content Standards. Lessons are adaptable and allow teacher/parent preference and flexibility in personalizing learning for each child’s unique learning needs. Serving students in grades TK-8, we offer a personalized academic program, giving students the flexibility to excel at their own pace. Students are encouraged to master the “basics” in an environment that promotes meaningful, intellectual stimulation. All programs are considered independent study, although teachers and staff will support families. Supplemental lessons are also provided in character education, and ties are made with art, music, and technology.
The school year is split into six-week units with assignments and lesson plans provided to parents one week before the instruction begins. This allows parents to plan and prepare for the coming unit of study. Student work is assigned by credentialed teachers and reviewed at parent-teacher conferences, which are held at the end of each six-week unit.
We strive to partner with parents to provide a dynamic and engaging academic educational model. Our small environment creates an atmosphere of supportive community and togetherness.
I look forward to seeing you on campus! Kirstin Lasto Principal
Classical Academy Vista serves students in grades TK-8. We offer a personalized academic program where students have the flexibility to excel at their own pace. Our students are encouraged to master the ‘basics’ in an environment that promotes meaningful, intellectual stimulation. Student work is assigned by credentialed teachers and reviewed at parent-teacher conferences, which are held every six weeks.
Each year the academics are divided into six units of study. Credentialed teachers write lesson plans to provide instruction based on the standards and goals addressed in core curricular areas of language arts, math, science, and history. The units are designed specifically for Classical Academy parents and facilitate teaching at home.
Character education and digital citizenship are also provided as supplemental lessons with ties to art, music, and technology. Lesson plans and assignments are provided to parents one week before instruction begins, allowing parents the time necessary to plan and prepare for the coming unit of study.
Classical Academy Vista provides a variety of flexible educational learning plans to better meet student needs.
Tracks A/B: Students in grades K-6 meet on campus two days per week.
Track M: Students in grades 7 and 8 meet on campus three days per week.
Track A- Tuesday and Wednesday
9:00 am – 3:00 pm -Grades K-2 9:00 am – 3:30 pm – Grades 3-6
Track B- Thursday and Friday
9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Grades K-2 9:00 am – 3:30 pm – Grades 3-6
Track M: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:00 am – 3:30 pm Grades 7 and 8
Workshop classes are limited to 20 students for A/B Track and 25 for M Track per teacher. Students will work on concept-based lessons in math, language arts, and science. Traditional recess and lunch breaks are incorporated into the day. While at home, students will complete assignments in language arts, math, and history. All students receive electives during their days on campus. These classes may be in the arts, languages, or technology. Students enrolled in Tracks A/B or M use the TCA curriculum and work independently with a supervising adult on non-workshop days.
Track C (Grades TK-8) This track is for families who would like more flexibility in their curriculum selection. Students work at home five days per week. Students are accountable to a credentialed teacher or Educational Specialist (ES). Parents communicate weekly with their ES via email, phone, or in person. Scheduled parent/teacher conferences are required after the completion of each unit to assess student work and learning. There are Virtual Learning classes for our C track students in grades 1-8. C track families have curriculum choices and may have funds for outside vendors.
Students turning five between September 2nd and February 1st are eligible to attend transitional kindergarten. Students are assigned to Track C and work with a credentialed teacher and their parent or guardian to prepare for kindergarten.
Literacy and math specialists are available five days a week to support families and teachers in the classroom. Workshop teachers are also available to assist you and your child as needed.
Class Trips Students in grades 4-8 can participate in educational and enriching overnight class trips. Trips include Sacramento/San Francisco, Pathfinder Camp, Astrocamp, Catalina Island, and the East Coast.
Art Students in grades K-8 study various artists, art history, and art movements while incorporating elements and principles of design. Projects are aligned with California State Visual Arts Standards and provide students with a well-rounded and thorough experience in the visual arts.
Field Trips Classical Academy Vista plans field trips to align with classroom learning in history or science. Field trip opportunities include the opera, a museum or theme park, and Legoland. All school field trips are family-friendly, meaning the entire family is welcome to attend. Parents are responsible for their children on all field trips.
Music Music is provided for students in grades K-8. Students explore vocals, a variety of instruments, fun rhythmic expressions, composition, and opportunities for creative expression.
Activities Throughout the year, students are invited to get involved with various activities on campus, such as: ● Spirit Dress Up Days ● ASB ● Community Service Days ● Morning Assemblies and Awards ● End of the Year celebration ● 8th-Grade Promotion
Associated Student Body (ASB) ASB is open to 7th and 8th-grade students at Classical Academy Vista. Students grow their leadership skills through mentorship and service while electing their own officers, planning and directing school events, and managing fundraisers and community service projects. There are many opportunities for students to identify an area of interest and serve on a corresponding committee that allows them to pursue their passion. ASB supports the students, families, and the Classical Academy Vista community through its service. Interested students are welcome to apply, interview, and provide references for consideration.
Our Special Education program ensures that children with disabilities receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). We accomplish this by working collaboratively with families, students, teachers, and other professionals to promote student success through individualized learning and support. Classical Academy is committed to serving the needs of all students. Our schools believe that the Least Restrictive Environment begins in the general education classroom/setting for all students, and supplemental aids and services are added to students’ educational settings according to their individual needs. Students with learning or behavioral disabilities are provided a comprehensive range of services as specified in students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). The Classical Academy Special Education program, includes various services for eligible students under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Classical Academy believes in a team approach: student, parent, general education teacher, special education teacher, and any instrumental team member. This team works together to create and execute a plan to make the student most successful.
Teachers meet with parents and their students at the end of each six-week unit of study. Teachers collect work samples and reading logs, review all student work, answer questions, and discuss student progress at these conferences. Teachers support parents with communication and collaboration as partners in the educational process. This is a time to review learning objectives, ask questions, celebrate successes, and ensure that students are on track academically.