Welcome to Vista
Vista Alternative High School Profile 2023-2024
4455 Seneca Park Avenue, Fremont, CA 94538
Ph: 510-657-7028; Fax 510-657-5535
|CEEB Code: 050952
Administrator and Counselor Team
Salvador Herrera, Jr., Principal
Sheila Jemo, Assistant Principal
Michael Hellerud, Counselor
2021-2026 Western Association of Schools and Colleges Full Accreditation
Black or African American 4%
Am. Indian/Alaskan Native 4%
Total enrollment: 76
College Bound (Class of 2023 Statistics)
Total class size (2023) 26
Four year college/university 28%
Two year college 57% Other (work/military) 15%
The School and Community
Vista Alternative is Fremont Unified School District’s Independent Study program for students in seventh to twelfth grade. The program offers engaging learning tailored to an independent model of instruction and learning. Vista students usually show a strong academic background that supports their capabilities of learning through the independent study model. Vista Alternative has been serving the Fremont community since 1980. Fremont, California is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and welcomes families from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Fremont is a suburban city in the Bay Area/Silicon Valley and is composed of families from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
The Unique offerings of Vista Alternative
Vista Alternative offers a rigorous curriculum for grades 7-12. Vista uses Edmentum online software which is an approved course provider by the University of California (UC) “a-g”. Students meet with teachers a minimum of twice a week on days that match their personal schedules. This allows students with athletic, artistic or other interests to have a school schedule that meets their needs while also preparing them for a successful University experience.
Our mission is to motivate, challenge and prepare students to succeed in an ever-changing and diverse world. Our program provides a safe and secure alternative learning environment that is tailored to accommodate individual needs, circumstances, or preferences that are not met by a traditional setting. Our curriculum is an academically rigorous blended learning model that combines direct instruction and independent study.
Shelter in place went into effect on March 13, 2019 and students completed the remaining part of 2019 as well as the 2020-2021 school year virtually. The school board adopted a Credit/No Credit grading policy for the second semester of the 2018-2019 school year as a result of the rapid transition from in-person instruction to virtual learning. The 2020-2021 school year began as 100% distance learning district-wide with synchronous and asynchronous instruction. The graduation requirement for service learning was removed for the 2020 and 2021 graduates and reduced for 2022, 2023, and 2024 graduates.
Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
Vista students can take AP classes through Dual Enrollment with a comprehensive high school.
English 40 Units
Math 30 Units
Social Science 30 Units
Science 20 Units
Fine Arts/ World Lang 10 Units
Physical Education 20 Units
Health 5 Units
Electives 45 Units
Total 200 Units
P= College Preparatory
H= Honors Level
AP= Advanced Placement
NC= No Credit
R= Repeat Class
RF/ RD= Repeated for Credit
N= No Grade
CR= Credit Received (Spring 2020 only)
NCR= No Credit (Spring 2020 only)
GPA and Related Procedures
Fremont Unified School District does not allow acceleration of coursework and does not rank students. A student's overall GPA is not weighted and is based on a 4-point scale.
Class Lengths and Units
Each class is 5 units per semester, 10 units per school year.
FUSD’s Board of Education affirms the importance of service learning as a high school graduation requirement as a vital part of the instructional program and supports service learning as an instructional strategy. This enables students to be confident, effective thinkers and problem-solvers, as well as ethical participants in society. 40 hours of service learning are required of students to be completed between 9th and 12th grade in order to graduate.
* Only 30 hours are required for the 2024 graduates.