Frequently Asked Questions
Student attendance is CRITICAL for school success!
Any time a student is absent from school, it is our expectation that the school will be
notified directly. Please call 928-502-6800 to speak with the Attendance Office.
Students are allowed 5 (five) unexcused absences per class/per term (every nine weeks) –
When a student exceeds 5 (five) unexcused absences in a class, he/she may lose credit (No Credit - NC) for his/her course and be
presented with the following options:
• A reduction in class schedule.
• Attend the after school Lobo Academy with the possibility of returning to the VHS day schedule for the following
All absences will be reviewed upon breeching the allowed amount. If undocumented absences continue to occur with
interventions in place, a conference will be held to determine if Vista is the best fit for the student or if another campus
would be more beneficial for the individual needs of the student.
*There are occasions when a student in good standing (passing grades/positive behaviors) has poor attendance. Such
students may be eligible to “earn back” their lost academic time in the form of community service/volunteering. These
arrangements require specific qualifying criteria and are determined by the classroom teacher, Drop-Out Prevention
Specialist, and administration.
A student is tardy when they arrive late to class. At Vista, it is our expectation that all students be on time to class daily. Any 3 tardies (per class) will result in an unexcused absence for that class. Students that continually violate the Tardy Policy may be disciplined and/or have their schedule reduced, lose course credit, or be assigned after school Lobo Academy.
Our school has a closed campus policy. If your student needs to leave campus during the school day, he or she must check out through the administration office. Permission from parents will be required. Students are not allowed to go to the parking lot during the school day as well, since that will be closed to students during the school day.
Yes. Students may possess cell phones on school district property and at school sponsored activities. However, they may NOT turn on or use their cell phones during instructional time. It is each individual student's responsibility to ensure that their cell phones are turned off and out of sight during the instructional day. Any student who violates the above rules is subject to disciplinary action according to the student code of conduct. The school is NOT responsible for items stolen or damaged on campus. The owner assumes all risk for cell phones and personal property brought to school.
For the safety of students and staff, district policy, under most circumstances, does not permit visitors to any of the high school campuses during the school day. Parents, of course, are always welcome on campus, but are encouraged to make appointments when attempting to visit teachers during the school day. All visitors, parents included, are required to report to the security desk to obtain a visitor pass before entering the campus area. Students should not invite friends or relatives to visit on campus, nor should they bring younger children to school except for approved school programs. Visitor passes will be issued only to those persons known by the administration. Visitor passes will not be issued during final examinations. Administrators may refuse anyone a visitor pass. Any person found on school grounds without permission will be considered a trespasser and subject to immediate arrest.
Twenty-two (22) credits are required for high school graduation. Thirteen and one-half (13.5) required credits must be core academic classes with the remaining eight and one-half (8.5) credits as elective courses. Students will complete all their requirements at Vista High School and receive their high school diploma from either Vista or their home school: Yuma High School, Kofa High School, Cibola High School, San Luis High School, or Gila Ridge High School. If students request a diploma from their home school, they will have the opportunity to participate in that campus's graduation ceremony at the end of the school year. Please see the student handbook for more specific information regarding requirements for graduation as well as the academic requirements for admittance into Arizona State Universities.
Information about the Gifted Program, Special Education, Title I, English Learner Program, Migrant Services, and Summer School is available in the Vista Guidance Office.
Yes. Please visit the Academics tab and click on the Enroll for more information on transferring to Vista.