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VISTA is a statewide partnership among 80+ Virginia school districts, six Virginia universities (George Mason University, College of William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, and the University of Virginia), and the Virginia Department of Education. The initiative is funded by a five-year, $34 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Investing in Innovation (i3) program, which includes a $5.7 million private sector matching requirement. Oregon State University directs the independent evaluation of the VISTA program.  

VISTA is headquartered in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University, where it operates through the Center for Restructuring Education in Science and Technology (CREST). CREST focuses on providing quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education from early childhood through adulthood. CREST provides leadership in education by developing partnerships with the education and business communities to conduct teacher professional development, research, and public service.


Participating School Divisions



Corporate Partners

As a public-private partnership, VISTA gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of the following organizations: 


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Accomack County, Albemarle County, Alexandria City, Amelia County, Amherst County, Arlington County, Bedford County, Bristol City, Brunswick County*, Campbell County*, Charlottesville City*, Caroline County, Carroll County, Chesapeake City, Chesterfield County, Clarke County, Colonial Heights City*, Culpeper County, Danville City, Dickenson County, Dinwiddie County*, Fairfax County, Falls Church City, Fauquier County, Floyd County, Franklin County, Frederick County, Galax City, Giles County, Gloucester County, Goochland County, Hampton City, Hanover County, Harrisonburg City, Henrico County, Henry County*, Hopewell City, Isle of Wight County, King and Queen County, Loudoun County, Louisa County, Lynchburg City, Madison County, Manassas City, Manassas Park City, Martinsville City, Mecklenburg County, Middlesex County, Montgomery County, Newport News City, Norfolk City, Northampton County, Norton City, Nottoway County, Page County, Petersburg City,,, Pittsylvania County, Poquoson City, Portsmouth City, Powhatan County, Prince George County*, Prince William County, Radford City, Richmond City, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Rockbridge County, Rockingham County, Salem City, Scott County, Shenandoah County, Smyth County, Southampton County, SW Virginia Governor's School*, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, Staunton City, Suffolk City, Surry County*, Virginia Beach City, Warren County, Washington County, Waynesboro City, Williamsburg-James City County, York County 

* Divisions participating in VISTA's control group only