Mission Vista Academy

Family Newsletter - Week of November 2, 2020

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

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What's inside:

  1. School Update: In-Person Enrichment Services
  2. 2020/21 School Calendar
  3. Our Goals: Mission and Schoolwide Learner Outcomes
  4. Enrichment Update
  5. MVA Science Fair Information
  6. MVA Spelling Bee!
  7. NEW! Family Liaison Office Hours Thursdays, 3 pm - 4 pm
  8. Sharing the Homeschool Heart: Documenting your Homeschooling Journey
  9. COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS! Virtual Clubs Info!!
  10. English Learners
  11. MVA High School
  12. FREEBIE! Beestar.org
  13. FREE Teaching Resources - Grade Level Reading Suggestions
  14. Intervention Site - Grade level tips on fun ways to fill the learning gaps
  15. TK-8 Curriculum Showcase Webinars
  16. 2020/21 OSP (Online Subscription Package)
  17. MVA apparel Show off your school spirit!
  18. Mindset Mondays!
  19. New! Mission Vista Academy Social Media
  20. School Resource Websites to Bookmark
  21. Your Mission Vista Academy Team
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School Update: In-Person Enrichment Services

Hello Mission Vista Academy,

A school-wide email was sent out Thursday, October 22, 2020, with an update regarding in-person enrichment services. Please reach out to your HST with any questions. Thank you.

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2020/21 School Calendar

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We are Mission Vista Academy Proud!

Working Together - Mission Vista Academy

Our Mission

The mission of Mission Vista Academy is to develop the individual gifts of students in Riverside County and adjacent counties to become critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and innovative leaders prepared for academic and real-life achievement in the 21st Century. The mission will be accomplished through quality, personalized, standards-based education, which could include online coursework, offline textbook work, and unique hands-on and experiential learning experiences facilitated in partnership with students, parents, staff, and community.

Schoolwide Learner Outcomes

At Mission Vista Academy, we have goals for our students that are known as Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs). SLOs are a part of our school culture: they reflect our school vision, the College and Career Readiness Standards, and the education of the whole child.

Mission Vista Students Are:

Navigators of the Digital World – Navigators of the digital world who are proficient in the use of technology, media, and online resources.

Self-Directed – Self-directed and motivated students who are able to set attainable goals to achieve academic success.

Personalized Learners – Personalized learners who are able to thrive in the style of education that best fits their individual needs.

Independent Critical Thinkers – Independent critical thinkers who have the ability to problem-solve, take ownership, and apply their knowledge to a variety of problems.

Responsible Citizens – Responsible citizens who demonstrate integrity and respect while actively seeking knowledge of local and global issues.

Effective Communicators – Effective communicators who can thoughtfully articulate their thinking with confidence while collaborating with peers.

Thank you for partnering with us to achieve our goals!

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Important update regarding using planning amounts on subscriptions

Please be sure to request any subscriptions that are 6-months or greater in length by November 19th.

After Nov 19, only subscriptions up to 3-months in length may be requested at a time through the end of the school year. If the subscription does not have an option for 3 months or less, then, unfortunately, we won't be able to approve that request. We encourage you to plan ahead for any subscriptions you might be interested in ordering. Thank you!

Enrichment Returns or Exchanges

Families should not contact vendors directly to facilitate a return or exchange, the school should be notified and will handle all requests directly. If there is a problem with an Enrichment order and an item has arrived damaged or is defective, please contact your teacher.

If an item is no longer needed or wanted, it may be returned to the school, but cannot be returned to the vendor for a refund. Please do not contact vendors directly to request a return or exchange. Thank you!

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Hello MVA Families!

Want to get your student excited about science? Why not have them participate in our MVA Science & Engineering Fair?! It is a fun way to dive into science and experiment! No question is too small. Have a topic but not sure how to make it into a science fair project? Email me! I am happy to help.

MVA finalists from each grade level span will move on to the Riverside County Science & Engineering Fair. We will be in Division 4 along with similar schools to ours. This means more of a chance for our students to be recognized at a smaller but still a county-level fair. Finalists will be picked from each division to then be moved on to a final county fair with finalists from the other divisions. From there it is on to state!

If you want your student to participate in the MVA Science Fair please fill out the Participation Survey within the MVA Science Fair Smore. Take a look at let us know if you have any questions! We can't wait to see all the awesome projects!

2021 MVA Virtual Science Fair Smore & Survey

Watch the Parent Info Session HERE

Please email me with any questions you may have.


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3rd Annual Mission Vista Qualifying Spelling Bee!

We are so excited to announce our 3rd annual Mission Vista Qualifying Spelling Bee! The Bee will be held in February 2021 and is open to all Mission Vista students who are in 4th-8th grade.

The qualifying student will have the opportunity to advance to the County Spelling Bee in March, where the winner is then advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

If your child is interested in competing at our qualifying bee, please fill out this survey to join our interest list. Once the interest list has been determined and initial registration has been completed, a list of study words will be sent to you via email.

Mission Vista Qualifying Spelling Bee Interest List Survey

Thank you for your interest! Please reach out to your HST with any questions.

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NEW! Family Liaison Office Hours

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Your Family Liaisons will be offering weekly office hours on Thursdays, from 3-4 pm. This is a time each week when you can drop in to ask questions and is open to all parents and teachers at MVA. This is an opportunity to chat about anything homeschooling. Here are just a few things that could be discussed during this time:

  • Schedules, Routines, and Rhythms
  • Curriculum
  • Schooling Multiple Children
  • How to Navigate our Enrichment Ordering System (EOS)
  • Resistant Learners
  • Getting Organized
  • Resources

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/92918057971

What if you can't make it during our office hours? No problem at all; your Family Liaisons are available Monday through Friday, so don't hesitate to call or email us:

Andrea Hart-

email: andrea.hart@missionvistaacademy.org

phone: (951) 378-6144

Audrey Everson-

email: audrey.everson@missionvistaacademy.org

phone: (951) 541-4809

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Homeschooling How To:

Documenting your homeschooling journey!

It's the start of a new school year, and your camera roll is already half full. All those amazing pictures of school projects, co-ops, and crafts are sitting stagnate with nowhere to go. You want to chronicle your year but have no idea where to start or choose a way to document your homeschooling journey.

While organizing and documenting your school year can be daunting...it can also be therapeutic and a great way to look back on what your student(s) have accomplished throughout the year!

So...where do you start? It's easy! Just follow the few simple tips and tricks below to create your very own HOMESCHOOL YEARBOOK that both you and your student will be proud of!

1.Choose HOW and WHERE you would like to document your year

Whether you choose to create your own homeschooling social media page or make a physical scrapbook to showcase your year, there are endless ways to chronicle your day to day routine. Simply choose how you would like to create your yearbook and jump in!

I have seen several great homeschooling pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, to just name a few. If you choose to put together a page-bound yearbook, there are amazing sites such as Chatbooks, Shutterfly, and Mixbooks that are fun and easy to use without having to leave your home. Even Target and Costco have photo labs that let you create beautifully bound photo books with vivid colors and preset designs to make your life easier!

2.Select your photos

If you're anything like me...you probably have 13,109 photos on your phone RIGHT NOW! Start going through your school photos and deleting duplicates, blurry images, and pictures that you may not want to include in your yearbook. Choose photos that bring back great memories, highlight clubs or co-ops, field trips, and those that show off your student's work.

3.Organizing your photos

Whether you are starting your yearbook halfway through the year or wanting to chronicle your photos from the first day of school...you will want to group your photos either by unit studies, classes or projects. Organizing your photos by subject is very important when putting your yearbook together. Outline each page(s) with a specific theme or topic and build on it by adding photos that coordinate with the theme. For example...we are doing a unit study on outer space. I would start by creating a collage of photos all about our studies of space by showing what activities we did together. I might even include a picture of an essay my daughter wrote about astronauts and space travel. What a great way to hold on tight to those precious work samples without having to keep all the paperwork!

4. Compile photos into a yearbook

Once you have selected photos to put into your book...you may start adding them daily, weekly, or monthly depending on the option you choose to have it created. Many sites allow you to add photos throughout the year until you feel that your book is complete. This means that your book will stay saved on the site of your choosing until it's completed and ready to be printed! You can also choose to add text and graphics to your book to give descriptions of what your student is working on and add a little whimsy to your pages!

Easy right? Creating a yearbook can be a whole lot of fun and well worth the effort!

Looking for more ideas? Check out Dual Credit at Home for more fun and inspiring ideas!

Happy Homeschooling!

Andrea Hart, MVA Family Liaison

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MVA Virtual Clubs!

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Light those fires this week by introducing your students to new ideas and concepts offered up by our amazing homeschool teachers.

Come join the fun as we explore and learn together! More information and club schedules will be emailed to you by your HST on Mondays.

There is no need to preregister your students; just show up. Make sure to check out the details regarding each club, so you know whether to gather any needed supplies. However, we have been reassured that if you do not have those supplies on hand; your student can still attend and will still be able to learn and enjoy.

Questions? Reach out to the MVA Community Connections Coordinator at stacy.beasley@missionvistaacademy.org or your HST

MVA Virtual Clubs Info Session Recording!

Our MVA Community Connections Coordinator, Stacy Beasley, held an info session to help us learn more about Mission Vista's Virtual Clubs. In case you missed it, you can find the recording here.


On Friday, November 20th, at 10:30 am All-Stars Top Chef contestant, Brian Malarkey will zoom in with high schoolers to talk about his path to successful entrepreneurship including opening several of his own restaurants, appearing on many televised shows as a judge and/or contestant and inspiring countless Americans to reach for their dreams. See our flyer for more details. PLEASE RSVP HERE.
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Mission Vista Science Fair newsletter

Click the link above to get up to date information about the 20/21 Mission Vista Science Fair!

Share your Mission Vista Virtual Club photos with us!

We love seeing what your students are learning! Our virtual clubs are the perfect place to inspire imagination, fun, and trying new things! Share your Virtual Club photos with us on the Mission Vista Facebook Group, or use #mvavirtualclubs on Instagram! Can't wait to see what your students have learned, created, or baked!
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Nobody Has More Fun Than Our MVA Families....

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English Learners

EL Coordinator 2020/21- Hi MVA families. My name is Lisa Mesa, and I am your EL Coordinator. This is my 23rd year in education, five of those in the charter realm. I have a Master’s in Multicultural Education and am a second language learner myself. My first language is Albanian :) I remember the difficulty of going to school as a kindergartener and knowing no English. I can relate and aim to make your acquisition of English as easy as possible. Your HST is your first point of contact for questions, but please also feel free to contact me at any time. lisa.mesa@missionvistaacademy.org

19/20 ELPAC Scores- are available under testing on your Parent Portal! If your student was unable to complete the test due to COVID school closure, there may be an opportunity to complete the ELPAC this fall.

Initial ELPAC- If your child is slated to take the Initial ELPAC based on your Home Language Survey responses, your HST will be contacting you about administering the Initial ELPAC within the month.

Reclassification--If your child has an overall score of 4 on the ELPAC and no more than one 2 in the four domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, he/she could qualify to be reclassified from EL to Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP). If your child qualifies, your HST will contact you with more details within the next 2 weeks.

ELD Instruction- If your child is classified as EL, they are required to participate in 30 minutes of ELD (English Language Development) instruction every day. Brainpop EL is available for Free to all of our EL students. Contact your HST for more information on how to enroll your child.

Curriculum Recommendations for our EL Students - your HST can help explain these options or reach out to me.

Wonders 2nd - 6th grade

Study Sync 6th - 12th grade

Reading Eggs &Eggspress PreK - 8th Grade

BrainPOP ELL - K-12th grade

ELD Courses for High School Elective Credit- Your child can now receive high school elective credit for the following ELD support classes. See here for courses and class descriptions.

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High School

MVA High School Curriculum Roadshow Slides

Hello High School Parents!

Check out the Mission Vista Academy High School Curriculum Roadshow presentation and recording in case you missed it!

Presentation Slides with Links

South Schools' High School Adopted Curriculum 2020/21

Have questions about High School? Reach out to your Mission Vista Academy High School Success Coordinator, Summer Davidson at summer.davidson@missionvistaacademy.org

Edgenuity Extras

Edgenuity HQTs are hosting November sessions for high school students! Please see the link below.

All students are welcome - your student does not have to be enrolled in Edgenuity to attend the sessions. Please RSVP for any sessions your student would like to attend. November Edgenuity Extras

Story2 - Prep for college admission essays!

The College and Career Readiness Unit of the Riverside County Office of Education is proud to present the Story2 platform to help our seniors with their college admission essays or essays for scholarships. Learn a proven, step-by-step process to complete successful essays.

With Story2, you also have access to their story builder, live boot camp sessions, and on-demand courses to connect with specific colleges and essays all for FREE throughout your senior year! This opportunity is available to all high school seniors attending a public school in Riverside County and is made possible through the sponsored support of the Riverside County Office of Education.

Riverside County Office of Education has added an additional Story 2 online personal statement boot camp support session on:

Thursday, November 5 from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Students can register using the following links:

Thursday, November 5 - https://rcoe.k12oms.org/eventdetail.php?id=194573

College Fairs

The Western Association of College Admissions Counseling (WACAC) are hosting open college fairs and students can register by visiting https://www.wacac.org/college-fairs/wacac-fairs/. Students can attend any event regardless of the location listed.

NACAC is hosting a virtual College Fair on Sunday, Nov 8 from 2 pm-10 pm with over 600 colleges in attendance- Register HERE

Counseling Information Sessions

Please join us for the following information sessions. All sessions will be offered at 11 am and 5 pm, here: Counseling Webinar Link

Financial Aid: November 4

Concurrent Enrollment: December 2

For those families who were unable to attend the UCCSU Application Information session here are the slides and recording:

Below you will find information about the UC and CSU Application Processes:

MVA High School Counselor - Holly Burke

Is your high school student struggling with their classes? Do they want to discuss how a schedule change will impact their post-high school plans or do they want to get a head start on planning for college/career? If so, I’m here to help. Please remind your high school families that I am available for individual appointments. They can request a meeting by emailing me at: holly.burke@missionvistaacademy.org

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Beestar specializes in developing online math and reading exercises for elementary school kids!

Beestar.org provides innovative online math and reading exercises and worksheets for kids. It has helped thousands of students achieve excellent grades. Using its curriculum-based programs for only 20 minutes a week, students can effectively master the core knowledge and skills taught in school. Parents can monitor performance online and know exactly what their students need. Beestar provides motivational recognitions every week that bring a lot of fun to learning.

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Free Teaching Resources

Mission Vista's School at Home Website

Mission Vista worked together with others to create this resource site for our families and for parents who are now faced with homeschooling their own children. Feel free to share this site!

Please reach out to your Family Liaisons or your HST at any time. We're here for you!

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This Week's School at Home Website Spotlight - Grade Level Reading Suggestions

Each week we will highlight one of the amazing resources offered on our School At Home website.

This week we are taking a peek at the resources offered for selecting books appropriate for your child's grade and/or reading level, as well as other resources that support their reading.

Here, you will find the following resources:

  • The CA Department of Education Reading Lists
  • Accessing ReadWorks, a free option for families! ReadWorks is a helpful resource for families with students in grades K-12. Through this site, students can highlight, annotate, and complete assignments online. Teachers can access progress reports & automatic grading. You can also easily print any of their content and curriculum to share with your students.
  • Scholastic books, lesson plans, and other ideas
  • Read-A-Loud Revivals amazing booklist
  • Additional K-12 reading suggestions
  • Spanish children stories, where you can read in English or Spanish
  • Reading lists by grade level

All of these resources are located in one location, making it easier for you! Just click here to check it out.

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Is your child in the 5th grade or higher?

Did your child score in the red on the STAR360?

Would your child benefit from small group instruction?

If you answered yes to those questions, your child may be eligible for Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI) in math or reading.

ODI is a live, online, small group program offered by our Student Services department.

In reading, we will focus on comprehension and vocabulary development strategies and skills. In math, classes include multiplication up through multi-step problems. The commitment is for 4 weeks, 2 times per week for 45 minutes per class. Classes are conducted on Mondays - Thursdays. ODI is free for enrolled, eligible students.

Reach out to your HST today!

Grade Level Tips on Fun Ways to Fill the Learning Gaps

This Week Second Grade


Being quick isn’t everything, but getting your addition and subtraction math facts memorized sure helps build confidence. Practice for free using Hooda Math.

2.OA.B.2: I can remember my addition facts.

2.OA.B.2: I can remember my subtraction facts

Have fun and get in the spirit of the season while learning about even and odd numbers with this freebie on Teachers Pay Teachers.

2.OA.C.3: I can group objects to tell if a number is odd or even.

2.OA.C.3: I can write a number sentence to show how adding two of the same number will equal an even number.

Here is a list of 20 fun math games. Place value bean bag toss looks fun! Click here!

2.NBT.A.1: I can understand and use hundreds, tens, and ones.

Language Arts:

Work on writing, setting, characters, and more with this spooky story activity!

W.2.10 I can write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Do you ever wonder what you and your second grader should be reading? Now that libraries are opening again, here is a list of wonderful books to explore. Reserve them at your library or use your instructional planning amounts to purchase through your preferred website.

RF.2.4: I can read and understand books at my level well.

RF.2.4.A: I can read and understand second-grade books.

RF.2.4.B: I can read second-grade books aloud as a teacher would read them.

Listen to a fun read-aloud on youtube like, Hey, That's my Monster!

RL.2.1: I can ask and answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions to show that I understand stories.

RL.2.2: I can remember and tell different kinds of stories and share what the author is trying to teach.

RL.2.3: I can describe how characters in a story react to important events in the story.

Also, did you know that our school has a website with videos and tools all linked and prerecorded if your student is having trouble in math, reading, or writing?

Click Here To Access Your School's Intervention Page

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TK-8 Curriculum Showcase Recordings

Over the summer, our South Schools' Family Liaisons joined together to bring our families 'Themed Curriculum Weeks!' Each week had its theme: All-In-One Curriculum, Math, Language Arts, History, Science, and Subscription Boxes. Your Liaisons kicked off each week with a webinar highlighting popular curriculum choices. Additionally, throughout each themed week, webinars were scheduled with curriculum companies to share more about their products. If you missed any of these or want to check them out again, visit our special Webinar Newsletter.


Curriculum showcases hosted by the South Schools' Family Liaisons, during which they share about popular curriculum options and subject-specific curriculum webinars offered by the providers.

Additionally, you will find links to the following:

✦ 20/21 Online Subscription Package Webinars

✦ The High School Curriculum Roadshow

MVA Webinar Showcase Newsletter

Click here to view all the webinar recordings!

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2020/21 Online Subscription Package

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There is no need to opt-in or opt-out this year; all students will receive subscriptions based on their grade level.

TK-4th grade: MobyMax, BrainPOP/BrainPOP Jr., and Touch-type Read & Spell

5-8th grade: MobyMax, Grammarly, and Touch-type Read & Spell

9-12th grade: Shmoop

*Additional subscription options are available via OSP A LA CARTE.


The OSP Handbook is your one-stop-shop for all information regarding the OSP. The handbook includes detailed information as well as updates & answers to our most frequently asked questions. Please be sure to visit the OSP Handbook before contacting us.


Overview page - provides general information

Announcements page - provides up-to-date important/need-to-know information

General FAQ - provides answers to FAQ about the OSP in general (NOT subscription specific)

OSP Subscriptions - provides more detailed information regarding the OSP (packaged) subscriptions

A LA CARTE Subscriptions - provides more detailed information regarding the A LA CARTE subscriptions

Webinars - provides links to the webinars available for each subscription


If you need additional help, please consider joining our weekly office hours. Every Wednesday from 1:30 - 2:30 pm https://zoom.us/j/96453949454

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Wanna show off your school spirit? Purchase your very own Mission Vista T-shirt, sweatshirt, tote bags, and MUCH more!

Visit the Mission Vista website for the full list of school apparel and other goodies now!

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Mindset Mondays!

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We loved talking with students at our “Show and Tell” last week!

Do you have a student on your roster who could benefit from building their resilience? Did they miss our webinars and follow-up groups last Monday? The recordings and slides have been posted on our Mindset Monday page.

Resources for next month’s topic, “Nagging Nerves”, will be posted on Monday, November 2nd. Please encourage any students who struggle with worry and anxiety to check out the resources once posted and to mark their calendars for November’s webinar.

What: Nagging Nerves (Webinar for students on handling worry and anxiety)


Monday, November 9th

10:00 am: TK - 5th grade

1:00pm: 6th - 12th grade

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Welcome to the NEW Mission Vista Academy Facebook group! This is the official Facebook group for families currently enrolled in Mission Vista Academy. We are here to build a community of support and share helpful resources, ideas, and inspiration with each other. Feel free to ask questions about homeschooling, secular curriculum, vendors, field trips, events, and more.

We are here to encourage and support you on this exciting adventure! Let's build a strong community of homeschool families!

Feel free to follow Mission Vista Academy's Instagram Page.

*Access to this page is granted after enrollment has been verified.

Contact us! Your Mission Vista Academy Family Liaisons!

Andrea Hart andrea.hart@missionvistaacademy.org (951) 378-6144

Audrey Everson audrey.everson@missionvistaacademy.org (951) 541-4809

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School Resource Websites to Bookmark!

Mission Vista Academy School Website

Mission Vista Academy Facebook Group - Enrolled with Mission Vista Academy? Join us on Facebook for a lively discussion and homeschool support.

mission_vista_academy - Follow Mission Vista Academy on Instagram!

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We are here for you!

Your Mission Vista Academy Homeschool Teachers and Family Liaisons are always here for you! Reach out to your HST or Family Liaisons for support, advice, and connections with the homeschool community around you!

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Mission Vista Academy Family Liaisons

Andrea Hart

Hello! My name is Andrea Hart, and I am a homeschooling momma of two beautiful girls. Thanks to Mission Vista Academy, we have been homeschooling for 2 years and absolutely love the freedom and new learning experiences that it provides us daily. Homeschooling has changed our lives for the better, and I can’t wait to help other families learn, grow, and navigate through this extraordinary journey. I'm here to help encourage, guide, and answer any question you may have! I can’t wait to connect with you.

Audrey Everson

Hi everyone! I am a mom of 3 awesome kids ranging in age from 12 to 8 years old. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 17 years. Having homeschooled our children over the last 8 years in 3 different states, I've found homeschooling here in California, especially with Mission Vista Academy, has been a great fit for our homeschool journey. I am grateful for our ability to homeschool so freely and I aspire to assist other families with their own homeschool adventures!

We want to hear from you!

What do you want to hear more about? Drop us an email!

We'd love to answer all of your questions in regards to homeschooling

and learn more about what your homeschool lifestyle looks like!

Mission Vista Academy Parent Feedback

Our goal is to provide you with the best homeschool program in Riverside County and San Bernardino County...so we want your feedback! If you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns, please let us know!

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Fully Accredited for Grades TK-9 by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

(As each year we add another grade level in high school, we anticipate full accreditation of grades TK-12 by 2023. Go MVA!)