Vista Magnet Middle School recently became the first Vista Unified School District campus to surpass 900 out of 1,000 on state assessments.
Though it’s not one of the first schools to score so highly on the state’s Academic Performance Index, the score is particularly validating for educators there because of the school’s demographics, Principal Jose Villarreal said. About 44 percent of the students at the school are part of families poor enough to qualify for free lunch.
“It’s quite a coup for us,” he said.
Only about 20 of the nearly 100 middle schools in the county have earned scores above 900, said Shannon Coulter, an assessment coordinator with the San Diego County Office of Education. Most of those are in wealthier areas such as Carmel Valley, Encinitas and Carlsbad.