Vista College Prep has been featured in many news publications highlighting some of its work as one of the best public charter schools in Phoenix.


Excerpts from articles in the Phoenix Business Journal and New York Times featuring Vista College Prep, a public charter school in Phoenix, AZ. 

Best in Class: Vista College Preparatory - Hadley

Chamber Business News, June 27, 2019

Last year, the VCP-Hadley campus received the National Blue Ribbon School Award from the U.S. Department of Education. The award recognizes schools that excel in high performance and progress in closing the achievement gap.

“It celebrates the work of our teachers and scholars and their families, the work they do every single day,” said Roxanne Zamora, VCP-Hadley principal. “It is truly a point of reflection for us where we think about how all the things we are doing are actually helping our scholars to succeed.”

“Best in Class: Vista College Preparatory - Hadley” [Chamber Business News, 6/27/2019]

"Full day kindergarten expansion essential to Arizona's educational success"   [Arizona Capitol Times, 3/2/2017]

"Education Roundtable: Businesses back K-12 funding, but don't always walk the walk on providing it" [Phoenix Business Journal, 12/16/2016]

Vista College Prep named as one of best schools in Phoenix  [Phoenix Magazine, August, 2016]

Vista College Prep awarded a $43,000 Math Grant from the AZ Department of Education  [9/15/14]

Vista College Prep on Channel 12 News [1/21/14]

"Arizona Hopes New Charter Schools Can Lift Urban Areas[New York Times, 1/16/14] 

Vista College Prep on Channel 3 News [1/26/14] 

Vista College Prep Selected by the Shutterfly Foundation and KaBOOM! to build New Playground in March 2014 [12/12/13] 

Vista College Prep One of 30 Schools (out of 800 applicants) to Receive $5,000 Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Grant  [12/12/13] 

Vista College Prep Partners with Stand For Children to Host Nine-Week Parent University Sessions [10/18/13] 

Vista College Prep Awarded $690,000 Department of Education Grant - Designed to Increase the Number of High Quality Charter Schools in Arizona and Improve Student Achievement. [3/25/13] 

Arizona State Board For Charter Schools Unanimously Approves Charter for Vista College Prep [1/14/13] 

For Immediate Release
Janurary 14, 2013

Julia Meyerson
Phone: 602-625-7893


K-5 Public Charter School Scheduled to Open in August 2013


Phoenix, AZ – Vista College Preparatory Charter School (“Vista College Prep”), a Kindergarten through 5th grade, tuition-free, public charter school was approved by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools on January 14, 2013.  The school’s strong focus on the acquisition of early literacy skills and leadership development will give students the foundation necessary to excel in demanding college preparatory middle and high schools. 

“We believe that long-term academic and life success begins in the early elementary years,” said Julia Meyerson, Vista College Prep’s Lead Founder. “All children, regardless of background or socioeconomic status, can achieve at high levels. In a structured, safe, and supportive learning environment, our students will be on track to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college.” Vista College Prep was founded on the philosophy that demographics do not determine destiny, exceptional teachers drive high academic performance, and an achievement-oriented school culture, infused with joy and rigor, fosters a strong learning environment. “We are thrilled with the outpouring of community support we have received for a high performing college preparatory elementary school,” said Vista College Prep’s Board Chair Charles Mitchell. “We have an incredible opportunity to transform children’s lives, and look forward to working with the entire Phoenix community as we set our students on the path to college starting in kindergarten.”

Lead Founder Julia Meyerson has the national support of the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, a national charter school creation program that trains, supports and mentors individuals to design, found, sustain, and lead urban public schools of uncompromising excellence. Vista College Prep is currently accepting applications for its inaugural kindergarten and first grade classes for the 2013-2014 school year.  Parents seeking information about enrollment or those wishing to help support the work of Vista College Prep should contact Julia Meyerson at 602.625.7893 or   

About Vista College Prep:  Through academic rigor and leadership development, Vista College Prep prepares all K-5 students for success in middle school, achievement in high school, and graduation from college. For more information please visit