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Why Guajome

For three decades, Guajome Park Academy has been a cornerstone in the educational landscape of Vista and its neighboring communities, standing as one of California's longest-running charter schools. Throughout this extensive tenure, our objective has remained consistent: to offer a diverse array of choices and options rooted in robust instructional strategies tailored to the unique needs of each student.

At Guajome, we adhere to the backward design model, a guiding principle asserting that every endeavor should commence with a clear vision of the desired outcome. For us, that ultimate endpoint is encapsulated in our school's mission, serving as our guiding star in all that we do.

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire and empower all learners to become responsible, critically thinking, compassionate global citizens who approach the world with curiosity, courage, and resolve.

A Community of Learners

Our Commitment

As a Charter School deeply rooted in our community, we are dedicated to fostering innovation in education and shaping the learning journey of our students for over two decades. Our steadfast commitment to pioneering approaches has yielded significant benefits, evident in our students' achievements which rival those of top-performing schools statewide.

Central to our mission is the delivery of a high-quality education underscored by innovative programs and an unwavering dedication to academic excellence for every student.

United as a team of professionals, we approach our work with boundless optimism and passion. Within our intimate, secure, and supportive environment, we strive to empower future leaders with the skills and mindset necessary to thrive as positive and impactful contributors within a global society.

Schoolwide Learning Outcomes

GPA is a school designed to provide choice and to meet the needs of a variety of learners, with curriculum that provides personal achievement and is challenging for students. The goal of GPA is to educate all members to strive to achieve the qualities of the School-wide Learning Outcomes (“SLOs”).  Defining GPA’s SLOs is an on-going process, reviewed annually. In all levels of GPA grades--elementary, middle school and upper secondary grades--the goal of instruction is to promote student mastery of these SLOs. SLOs are incorporated into instruction in all subjects and are integral to schoolwide assessments on an ongoing basis. This focus is evident in the school-wide writing rubric, in the SLOs that are infused into subject area benchmarks, and in the performance tasks designed for the instructional units. 

Self-directed Learners who:

  • Produce quality work
  • Organize and manage time efficiently
  • Learn and apply goal setting strategies that support educational and career goals
  • Assume responsibility and ownership for their life-long learning

Critical Thinkers who:

  • Exhibit in-depth knowledge across disciplines
  • Synthesize multiple sources of information
  • Solve problems independently and collaboratively
  • Reflect on and analyze learning experience

Effective Communicators who:

  • Demonstrate competency in reading, writing, speaking, and active listening.
  • Utilize technology to complement their knowledge
  • Express ideas and information confidently and creatively
  • Develop positive and contributing interpersonal skills

Responsible Citizens who:

  • Demonstrate personal integrity and responsibility for decisions and actions
  • Recognize and understand current local and global issues
  • Develop respect for diverse cultures
  • Contribute as leaders within their community
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Guajome Alumni

Guajome is my second home. I loved it so much, I started my career here!

L. Davis, Class of 2014, School Librarian

Middle School and High School can be a rough time for many people, but I truly loved my experience at Guajome. I made lifelong friends and had teachers that inspired me to pursue my dreams.

J. Holmes, Class of 2012

My years at Guajome were some of the best of my life and I made connections there that still are very strong to this day.

B. Sullivan, Class of 2017

I really felt like all my teachers genuinely cared about us students and our education. They shaped the way I approach and learn in our world. Their guidance has been invaluable.

C. Gatz-Rogers, Class of 2014

Guajome was my second home, I made friends who are now like family. The teachers I had when I attended Guajome took extra time to make sure I had everything I needed to be successful during my their. Attending Guajome was one of the best experience I’ve had in my life.

H. Warren, Class of 2010

Kevin Humphrey

Kevin Humphrey, Superintendent 

Pathways for Success

Every program implemented by Guajome's faculty and staff works to help students develop in a way that embodies our organization's mission. Whether it is in the classroom, on the stage, or on the athletic field, our goal is for our students to be prepared with skills for success in a rapidly changing world. Guajome is a school that is focused on building and supporting its close-knit community of learners, while at the same time offering a wide variety of educational choices and pathways.

Programs

Achievements

California Distinguished School Award


National Charter School of the Year


Innovative Charter School Award


New American High School Award


Award for Excellence for School Design


California Charter School Association Most Engaged Community Award


US News and World Report Silver Recipient


Niche- 6th Best Charter Elementary School in San Diego


Niche Ranked 41st Best Charter Elementary School in CA


Niche Ranked 38th Best Charter Middle School in CA


Niche Ranked 44th Best Charter High School in CA