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Senior gives a speech at graduation.


Student Testimonials

Thank You New Vista!

Video by Aidan Sockrider, Class of 2022


A Culminating Project:
What every NVHS senior must do before they graduate.

Here's an example:​
Tiny House Holds Big Ideas

Senior sits next to her 'tiny house", created for her Culminating Project

Click HE​RE​ to view Lucy Briggs (2015)​
and her Culminating Project ​

Sam Tomatz, Class of 2022, recognized in C-SPAN National StudentCam Competition.  

Portrait of Sam Tomatz, class of 2022

New Vista in the NEWS

Charlie Chilson, Class of 2021, first New Vista student to receive the Daniel's Fund Scholarship

Portrait of Charlie Chilson, class of 2022

New Vista High School senior, Charlie Chilson, is known in his community as an exceptional bass player, a steward for the environment and our planet, an empathetic, kind and funny young man, and now a Daniel’s Fund scholar.  

Charlie grew up in Lyons Colorado and chose to make the trek down to Boulder to attend New Vista High School. When Charlie’s school counselor told him about the Daniel’s Fund Scholarship, he didn’t pay too much attention to how he fit into the Daniel’s Fund values, which are centered around leadership, patriotism, and business. As he explored the program and began filling out the application, Charlie realized that his passions, character, and the way he chooses to live his life, aligned perfectly with those values. Though Charlie sees himself as an unconventional applicant with his passion for music at the center of his application, he remained true to himself and authentic in his application, and because of that, has been awarded the Daniel’s Fund Scholarship, which provides 4 years of unmet need to students, up to $25,000 per year. Charlie will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder next year pursuing environmental studies and jazz studies. Prior to that, Charlie plans to spend the summer backpacking and hiking the Colorado trail.

Charlie Chilson, Class of 2021, heads to Memphis to play the Blues.  Full story in the Daily Camera.

We asked New Vista's Class of 2020:
"What will you miss most about being a student at New Vista High School?"

Here's what some of them had to say:

"New Vista is like a bubble among all the other high schools. It's the place where I grew up, where I learned that others care for me, and where I uncovered my potential. I think I'll most miss the feeling of such a tight-knit, caring community, where I know I'll never be alone."

"I will miss a myriad amount of things at New Vista, mostly the community itself. I have grown close with many teachers and my peers, and will be sad to leave them. I also will miss the rituals NVHS has, such as The Leek and Exhibition day. I will also miss simply being a teenager in school without hundreds of responsibilities and obligations."

"I will miss the community, New Vista just really feels like a home. Our traditions and our teachers are so wonderful. I will miss the conversations and the class content. I have no regrets from deciding to attend New Vista."

"Being able to pick the classes I am most interested in and being with awesome teachers and advisors."

"The incredible teachers--by far New Vista's strongest attribute."

"I will miss the support, community and staff."

"I will miss the connection with teachers, and my peers. I also think that the mindset focused on equity is something that will not be as present in my future education, and its something that I value a lot about my New Vista education."

"I will miss being a part of the community and being around a lot of unique and creative people."

"My friends and teachers. I loved the classes I took during high school so I will also miss those a lot. I also loved how independent I felt during high school with the off-campus lunch. Ultimate Frisbee was super fun and I will continue to keep playing in college!"

"The teachers, seeing my friends everyday, marimbas, the community."

"What I will miss about being a student at new Vista is the community built on love. What I will miss most about this school is the teachers because every step of the way they helped me the best way they could."

"The people. Everybody is so unique and has something offer. It's pretty incredible."

"I will miss all the teachers and the support they give. New Vista’s staff is so amazing!!"


More New Vista alumni stories

​Michael Clymer, ('15), interviewed on Colorado Public Radio, speaks out about New Vista's school-wide Equity Program.

Full story here:

Boulder Valley School District Steadfast In Commitment To Transgender Inclusion


Finn O’Sullivan, 2020 

Finn playing guitar

Finn performed at the Boulder International Film Festival Drive-In presentation of "Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time" in Sept. 2020.  Finn O'Sullivan, the Boulder-based singer-songwriter picked up her first guitar at age 12 and hasn't put it down. In addition to guitar, Finn plays ukulele and piano, and her sound and style and voice have been compared to Regina Spektor, Dodie Clark, and Phoebe Bridgers. Finn has released two EP's, and earlier this year released her first LP, "When the Power Comes Back On" which won the grand prize in the folk category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

​Naomi Graff, ('18), honored by the Boulder Chamber  "Women Who Light the Community"

Portrait of Naomi

"As a high school senior at New Vista High School, Graff was selected as the 2017 Emerging Leader for her selfless nature and genuine desire to assist her community. In addition to her involvement with the Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance, Natural Highs and the Self Love group she leads at her school, Graff is also facilitating outreach efforts in areas of Nepal impacted by recent flooding and earthquakes. Her focus is always on uplifting her community and spreading
positivity, no matter the context."
-Boulder Chamber

Read more about Naomi from the Colorado Education Network.