Students at Vista Grande High School, a charter school in Taos that emphasizes project-based learning and expeditionary learning, gather outside last Thursday (Sept. 15) during lunch break. Vista Grande is set to add a middle school in the coming years and is seeking to recruit new students for its high school grades as it moves forward in its first year since separating from the Taos Municipal Schools District.

Having separated from the Taos Municipal Schools District, Vista Grande High School has renewed its commitment to providing expeditionary and project-based learning to its diverse, 80-member student body, which, in the coming years, will expand to include 6th-, 7th- and 8th-graders.

Founded in 2007 as an expeditionary learning school — education that was exemplified by Outward Bound in the 1980s — Vista Grande has long been known as the school of second chances, a place where students who struggle elsewhere are offered new opportunities to succeed in a project-based learning environment. While keeping its original mission, the school is now set to add a middle school component, either on its current campus or at a second location, and is focused on enhancing its programs and recruiting more students. 

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