In 1987, Vista began as a Second Chance School Program in the District. It functioned as a district drop out retrieval program. It grew as a district program for many years. In 2003, the district spearheaded a community-wide Feasibility Study, which determined the potential success of a Charter School. In 2004, Vista Charter School opened in the district trailers, as a conversion charter school. In the spring of 2005, the school moved to a 6000 sq. ft. temporary space for education before obtaining a BEST grant in 2011 which allowed for building a new campus. In 2012, the new Vista Charter School building was completed and is considered a LEED GOLD building for its energy efficient design. Vista Charter School became a Designated Alternative Alternative Education Campus in 2006, affirmed by CDE in recognition that 95% of our student population had at least one at-risk factor.