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Vista Heights Middle School

Sign up for the East Coast Tour!


Attend an informational meeting:

8th Graders:  I will be holding an informational meeting in the MPR on Back-to-School Night (in August or Sept), from 5:00-6:00pm.

6th and 7th Graders:  The info meeting for 6th and 7th graders will be on November 4, 2020 in the Vista Heights Library.  The meeting will be from 6:30-7:45pm.

If you are interested in sending your child on the East Coast Trip in May of their 8th grade year, you need to attend an informational meeting!  Minimum $250 non-refundable deposit required to register.  It is an informational meeting only; many topics will be covered, including: 

date and cost of the trip/payment information/how to sign up/who are the chaperones/safety issues/

hotel information/cities and sites we'll visit/questions and answers/and more!

Please download the following documents for all of the necessary info:

8th Graders:

Informational Flyer for May 2021 Trip

Registration Info


7th Graders:

Informational Flyer for May 2022 Trip

Registration Info

Sample Itinerary

6th Graders:

Informational Flyer for May 2023 Trip

Registration Info

Sample Itinerary


About the trip:

- The cost of the Trip is approx $3000.00 for the 2021 Trip. (If you pay by credit/debit card, there will be an additional $40 charge.)

- The Trip is in late May of your 8th grade year.  You will miss five days of school.  This is AFTER State testing, so don't worry about that.  We will depart on a Saturday afternoon and return on a late Saturday night.

- Sign up as soon as you can, because the top 47 are guaranteed a spot on the Trip.  If you register after the top 47 spots have been filled, you will be placed on a Waiting List.

- I can take a maximum of 94 students (2 busses with 47 per bus). 

- We will visit four major cities, and various other towns.

- Minimum 2.0 GPA required and no F grades.  Student behavioral record will be assessed by Mr. Cortez and Mr. Hasson.

- Get your friends to sign up and perhaps they'll be your roommates in the hotels!



8th graders:  Text  @ect2021  to  81010

7th graders:  Text  @ect2022  to  81010

6th graders:  Text @ect2023  to  81010

(If your cell phone doesn't allow you to send messages to short numbers like 81010, then you need to

either download the Remind app or download a different messaging app.)

I strongly recommend this experience for all students.  It is strategically organized, safe, and a great time for students to bond. But most importantly, it is LIFE-CHANGING.  Your child will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with many of the historic sites and topics that are studied throughout the course of middle and high school.



To register now, visit, click on "Register", then enter the following Tour Code:

HSNM97 - for 8th graders (May 2021 Trip)

1459D2 - for 7th graders (May 2022 Trip)

code coming soon - for 6th graders (May 2023 Trip)

After filling out the required information, submit a $250 non-refundable deposit. Call Apple Student Tours for further payment details at (619) 299-9686.  (If you register online and haven't attended an information meeting before, I recommend you attend the meeting mentioned above.)

Any questions?  Please email Mr. Cortez at




Let Mr. Solomon help you with fundraising!   Download these forms and then email Mr. Solomon:

Parent Pledge Letter 2018

Pledge Drive Brochure 2018

Pledge Support Letter 2018


2011 East Coast Trip Slideshow!

I want to thank Mrs. Lyons for making this slideshow!  It's really well done - the photos are awesome and the songs are perfect!

2013 East Coast Trip Slideshow!


East Coast Trip Photos

Click the button below to see photographs from previous East Coast Tours: