In this section of our web site you will find
materials that will help you understand and interpret a New Vista transcript.
This document provides brief background information as well as a guide to the
other available documents.
In 1992, the Boulder Valley Board of Education
created New Vista High School to "break the mold" of conventional secondary
school practice and offer another learning option to all interested secondary
students in Boulder Valley Schools. The guiding principles of the school
include: high expectations for all students, graduation by exhibition, authentic
learning, valuing diversity, personalization and utilizing community resources
to expand the learning environment.
A small public high school of choice, serving a
heterogeneous student body, we have two goals. The first is one that every high
school must have to educate students in the conventional subjects and prepare
them for the full range of post-secondary programs, including highly competitive
colleges and universities. The second goal is more unusual and defines our
unique environment. We have created structures and opportunities to help each
and every student identify and pursue interests or talents at which they are
genuinely motivated to excel. We want all students to begin to define their
public identities and to select a post-graduate path which will lead them to a
meaningful way of life in the world.
As a result of our innovations, the credentials of
New Vista students differ in several ways from those of students at conventional
high schools. We have provided a variety of documents to help you better
understand the school and our students. These include:
Our School Profile
which provides a description of distinctive
elements of the school, basic demographic and test data, and a list of the
colleges our students have been accepted into.
An Explanation of the Grades
Used on New Vista Transcripts interprets the letter grades you will find on
Information regarding Class Rank, School Honors and Advanced
is helpful in comparing our transcripts to those of other schools.
translation of our Credits and Core Curriculum
to more conventional high school
course offerings will help interpret the numerical values on the transcripts.
A recent Course Description Handbook
will help you understand the content of
Activities, such as service, sports, lessons, and career
exploration, which students at other high schools undertake exclusively outside
the school day, can, at NVHS, be encompassed by either our Community Experience
or Independent Study programs (described in the School Profile).
Our students, therefore, earn credit for activities that would be
extra-curricular at other schools. We encourage students to identify these
activities as such on their college applications.
If you need additional information, please do not
hesitate to contact Kirk Quitter
, Principal, or either of our School
Counselors, Diane Jensen
or Aimee Dana