Dear Casita families,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Casita Center, an International Baccalaureate World School focusing on STEM. Casita aims to provide rigorous teaching and learning and ultimately, our mission is todevelop a community of compassionate, responsible life-long learners who respect people’s differences and take action to create a more peaceful world.”

As a school of choice in Vista Unified, we strive to be the model of educational excellence and innovation. As an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme authorized school, we align our framework for learning and teaching to not only the California state standards but also to the IB principles and practices. Focusing on a learner-centered education, we nurture our students' curiosities, guide them through their inquiries, and cultivate their ideas to action. Through 6 global themes, students at each grade level engage in relevant and meaningful learning where nimble thinking is fostered. In the weekly Language Lab, students are exposed to various cultures while learning the Spanish language. 

With our STEM focus, we have a variety of learning environments that provide opportunities for students to grow their curiorities. From the schoolyard habitat to our botanical garden and pollinator garden, our students learn about the human impacts on our environment to grow their environmental literacy. Students also develop critical thinking abilities in the STEM lab with computer science and engineering experiences in the context of science phenomena. In the Math lab, students enrich their mathematical thinking by engaging in authentic math challenges. 

Our learning community is composed of dedicated and compassionate families, teachers, staff, and community members. With strong partnerships, I know our students will meet their potential. 

I’m proud to be the principal of Casita and look forward to an amazing year with you all.


Jenny Chien