The Vancouver School District realizes that not every student learns the same. While the basics still need to be covered, many students find that non-traditional ways of learning not only help them keep pace, but excel. Many other students need to be challenged with rigorous academic programs while others still find learning a trade will help them later in life.
That’s why the Vancouver School District offers several different choices for their students. Here are a few of the options:
• Vancouver Flex Academy
• Vancouver iTech Preparatory
• Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA)
• Welding/Fabrication Technology
Vancouver Flex Academy – Full-Day Magnet
Vancouver Flex Academy offers students a nontraditional setting to prepare for college, career, and life. Although students are required to attend the school five time a week, Vancouver Flex Academy using a blended learning model that features face-to-face interaction as well as online education. Class schedules very depending on what student needs are, but all students are expected to take responsibility for their education.
The Vancouver Flex Academy also offers opportunities for children to take part in ASB activities, yearbook and other activities. There are also options for hands-on learning as well as community internships. AVID and Advanced Placement classes are also available for students interested in becoming college ready.
Go to http://vansd.org/choices/flex/ to learn about the application process or see a sample four-year plan.
Vancouver iTech Preparatory – Full-Day Magnet
Housed in the Jim Parsley Center (middle school students) and the Clark College Building at the Washington State University Vancouver campus, iTech combines STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes with classic liberal arts instruction to provide research and problem-based learning.
From studying restoration efforts on Mount St. Helens to designing a product to present to area professionals, iTech strives to let students use their creativity to solve real-world problems. Students are required to take Spanish as well as eight elective classes, four of which must be STEM related, for graduation.
Go to http://vansd.org/choices/itech/ to learn about the application process or see a sample four-year plan.
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA) – Full-Day Magnet
As you might imagine, the VSAA offers every student opportunities in visual, performing, literary, musical, moving image, and recording arts in addition to the usual slate of educational curriculum. VSAA teaches are practicing artists and are available to offer insight into the creative process.
The VSAA also offers advanced placement classes in history, government, math, English, and visual arts while all students participate in Core, a student-centered, project-based experience.
Go to http://vansd.org/choices/vsaa/ to learn about the application process or see a sample four-year plan.
Welding/Fabrication Technology – Half-Day Program of Choice
An 18-foot trailer. Custom bicycle. Hovercraft. These are just a few of the projects that have been worked on in the Welding/Fabrication Technology program at Fort Vancouver High School.
Students will also learn how to read a blueprint, utilize math and physics, and even bring out their creative side while learning theory and practice of welding. Many students turn this information in to welding and machining internships, job offers, or becoming credentialed before graduating.
Graduates also leave the program with Occupational Safety & Health Administration–endorsed safety training and certification.
Go to http://vansd.org/choices/welding/ to learn about the application process or see a sample four-year plan.