Vista Charter Public Schools

Our Superintendent

Don Wilson


Don Wilson was the principal at Wonderland Avenue Elementary School in ESC West where he has increased student achievement five years in a row making Wonderland one of the highest ranked schools in the state.  He also served as APEIS at 3rd Street Elementary School, administrative coordinator at Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter, and ELD/Title I Coordinator at Manchester Ave Elementary and has 17 years classroom experience as an elementary school teacher.  He completed a double Bachelor’s Degree at Brigham Young University in English and Spanish Literature received his Masters in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Design from Cal State Northridge.  In 2011 he received the California Distinguished school award for his work with Arts in Education and Way of Council, an innovative program that increases the social/emotional intelligence of students while focusing on oral language development.  He also received the ACCIPIO Administrator of the Year Award for his work with diversity in education.  In 2013 he was accepted into and completed the highly regarded SUPES Academy, a program designed to promote and train future superintendents.  

Don's current leadership at Wonderland  has led guaranteed, viable, and rigorous shared curriculum that includes Writer's and Reader's Workshop, integrated arts, music, physical education, and Project Based Learning in science that has transformed the school community  and led to an increase in fundraising from $100,000 to over $600,000 each year.



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Dear parents and students,

Welcome to Vista Charter Public Schools: Home of the Eagles!


At Vista Charter Public Schools, we are committed to transforming the school experience.  From the moment you walk into a Vista Charter Public school you will notice the difference.  Beyond the warm welcome and inviting environment is a team of highly trained teachers, administrators, and support personnel, all of whom share the goal of ensuring that our students are highly engaged in their academic life and feel 100% accepted as part of the Vista family.  Vista Public Charter Schools are the right fit for students of all achievement levels and aspirations, with an essential commitment to equity and a focus on improving college and career readiness skills for all students.

At Vista Public Charter Schools, we take an approach to education based on the idea that students work harder and dream bigger if their education is relevant to them.  As students move through 6th to 8th grade, they will experience a well-rounded curriculum that will expose them to art, music, dance, and theater.  Literature, history, math, and science are integral parts of their experience and taught in ways that excite and bring out the joy of learning.  They will learn to use advanced technologies as a creative means to an end and not an end in itself. 

At Vista, students master core subjects through the power of applying knowledge in a real-world context.  In addition to rigorous academics, our schools focus on increased proficiency in crucial areas such as critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration,  which guarantees students are engaged and active participants in their own education.  As a staff we will work tirelessly to make sure your children will be prepared for full participation in a 21st century global community.

I want you to know that you, our families, are an integral part of this experience and what you bring to the table as parents is highly valued and needed to ensure the continued success of our students.  For those of you who have given of your time and energy, I invite you back for another year of service and participation at your school.  For our new families, I invite you to get to know us better by becoming active members of the Vista community by volunteering in one of the many opportunities that abound at our schools.

With change comes growth and this looks to be a very exciting year.  I thank you in advance for all you will do to make this the great educational community that it is.  I look forward to working with you and will maintain an open door policy to ensure good communication between our schools and home.  And speaking of home… Vista is your child’s home away from home.  I invite you to make it yours too.   Welcome to a new year and welcome to Vista Charter Public Schools where we transform the school experience.


Don Wilson