About Vista Ridge High School

  • Vista Ridge Building

    Vista Ridge High School in POWER Zone is home to the Wolves. It's the newest high school in District 49. As a comprehensive, student focused high school, the Project Lead the Way Engineering Academy is the hallmark of its science, technology, engineering and math program.

    Curricula


    The school takes student success seriously. A large portion of students are involved in high academic rigor, with many taking pre-Advanced Placement and advanced placement classes. AP and pre-AP course offerings start as early as freshman year with expanded opportunities junior and senior years. There are AP courses in all four core subject areas as well as the art department.

    Extracurricular


    With more than 80 percent of the students engaged in extracurricular activities, there are many opportunities to get involved at Vista Ridge High School, such as student council, Distributive Education Clubs of America, National Honor Society, fall and winter drumline, color guard, Knowledge Bowl, CyberPatriot, anime club, Alpha Leaders, Key Club, FCA, GSA, dance club, marching band, and the Wolfpack Theatre Company. For those with interest in vocal music or theater, both departments excel with multiple performances throughout the year. The school benefits from an active Booster Club and Fine Arts Booster Club.

    Athletics


    For sports, the school offers boy’s and girl’s cross country, football, boy’s golf, boy’s soccer, girl’s softball and girl’s volleyball, boy’s and girl’s basketball and wrestling, boy’s baseball, girl’s golf, girl’s soccer and boy’s and girl’s track. Vista Ridge High School won their first State Track Championship in only its fifth year. Cheerleading is active during both fall and winter sports seasons and student athletic training is available for all seasons. Vista Ridge High School celebrated the grand opening of the only artificial turf football and soccer stadium and baseball complex in District 49.

POWER Zone Overview

  • The POWER Zone is one of only two zones of innovation in the state of Colorado. We have been working hard with the stakeholders in our community to implement innovative strategies to support our staff and students.

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    About the Zone

    Our Core Values

    • The POWERZone climbs with confidence. Here, everyone has permission to fail and try new ideas.

    • The zone creates a loyalty effect, where working together to solve problems helps everyone succeed.

    • POWER Zone administrators and teachers strive to treat everyone as the most important person, ensuring a positive culture.

    • We focus on community service to ensure community support in critical times. A family-first focus for a well-rounded life helps each student’s family enjoy each other and increase academic productivity.

    • School faculty are dedicated to nurturing respectful relationships.

    • Teachers are given autonomy to teach.  Through the proposal process, anyone can bring ideas to the entire zone community for approval and implementation. All suggestions are considered with respect.

     

Portfolio of Schools

  • Portfolio of Schools District 49 will create a robust portfolio of distinct and exceptional schools.  It’s not enough just to have a bunch of different kinds of schools; the district needs to have high quality, exceptional schools.  District 49 strives to offer wonderful schools in all of its zones, schools that are different from each other and superior to the options students might have in neighboring districts and communities.
     
    District 49’s board-approved strategic plan provides unified vision, goals and strategies to prepare students to achieve like never before.  Its strategic plan is organized around a a big rocks metaphor.  If the district identifies and focuses on what's most important – its big rocks of trust, community, best district, portfolio of schools and every student – and then adds other things around them, the medium-sized rocks, and finally works in the pebbles, everything better fits together.  District 49 has applied this metaphor in its strategic plan, which identifies the district's Big Rocks.  These strategic initiatives will be emphasized over the upcoming years, representing the district’s commitment to its community.  These five rocks are its foundation for building an excellent future with its staff, students and greater community.

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