Guajome has served students in Vista and the surrounding communities for 30 years. This makes Guajome one of the longest-running charter schools in the state of California. Our goal throughout these years has been to provide choices and options based upon strong instructional practice that focuses on meeting the individual needs of all of our students. We are an organization that focuses on the backward design model which states that "in everything we do, we should always begin with the end in mind." The "end" for Guajome is our school's 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.
As a Charter School and community of stakeholders, we are committed to seeing the benefits and value of being innovative in our approaches and interactions for planning student learning for two decades. In recent years, we have seen our student achievement results compare to many of the top academically performing schools in the state.
We are committed to offering a quality education which is branded with innovative programs and an enduring commitment to the educational excellence for all students.
We are a professional team which embraces optimism and enthusiasm for what we do and how we do it. Our goal within a small, safe, nurturing environment is to prepare and equip future leaders to be positive and productive contributing citizens in a global community.
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
A Community of Learners
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.
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