Award Year: 2018

Vista College Preparatory

812 S. 6th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ, 85003-2528

(602) 625-7893

Dr. Roxanne Zamora, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School, Title I School

Vista College Preparatory, Inc.

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Through academic rigor and leadership development, Vista College Preparatory educates all K-5 students for success in middle school, achievement in high school, and graduation from college.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 24%
  • White: 4%
  • Hispanic: 71%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 13%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 73%
Dr. Zamora greets students entering the school building every morning.

Dr. Zamora greets students entering the school building every morning.

Vista College Prep is a high-performing kindergarten through fifth grade tuition-free, public charter school educating a high minority and low-income student population in Phoenix, Arizona.

We believe that college preparation begins in kindergarten. Our instruction is interactive and our students engage with enthusiasm. Nearly 75% of the day is devoted to literacy and mathematics. Critical thinking and problem solving are foundational. Pictures of smiling faces and proud work adorn our walls and chants and cheers recognizing self-determination, hard work, and achievement echo through our halls. Transitions are crisp, and expectations are consistent across classes and grades. We believe that we do not have a minute to waste, and as a result, our students and staff sweat the small stuff. No task too small or unimportant.

Vista College Prep students consistently are among the highest achieving students in Arizona. While we are proud that our students dramatically outperformed all low-income schools in Phoenix, in 2017, Vista College Prep students scored in the top 6% in literacy and top 11% in math for the entire state. Our students are proving that demographics do not determine destiny and that students in low income communities can achieve as long as they have access to a high quality education.