AP and IB

Advanced Placement (AP)

CollegeBoardAdvanced Placement exams are rigorous tests administered by the College Board each May. High school students can earn college credit, college placement, and/or scholarships for qualifying AP exam scores. All three comprehensive high schools in the Vista Unified School District offer a rich array of AP courses and examinations.

Contact Information


For more information about the Advanced Placement Program, please contact www.collegeboard.org.

To view presentations on how taking AP courses have helped students, please see below:

For detailed information about AP courses and examinations at a particular high school site, please contact that school's Honors Coordinator:

For further information about the Advanced Placement Program in VUSD, please contact Nicole Allard, Executive Director, Educational Excellence and Innovation.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

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The International Baccalaureate Programme (IB), founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968, is designed to develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills of young people ages 3 - 19, enabling them to thrive in a globalized environment. The IB Mission Statement follows:

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

IB Learner ProfileVUSD is proud of our long history with IB, and of our three IB schools: Vista Magnet Middle School (IB Middle Years Programme), Rancho Buena Vista High School and Vista High School (IB Diploma Programmes).

Students who graduate from high school with an IB diploma frequently receive advanced credit for university coursework, and have a competitive edge with respect to college acceptance and scholarships.

Contact Information

For more information about the International Baccalaureate Programme, please click on this link: www.ibo.org.

To see a video presentations about the IB worldwide, please see below:

For further information regarding the IB Programme in VUSD schools, please contact Nicole Allard, Executive Director, Educational Excellence and Innovation.

For specific information about IB programs at VUSD sites, please contact the following IB Coordinators: