VSAA is a school for students committed to and passionate about the arts. This provides students with an opportunity to strengthen their artistic skills with a rigorous training in the arts while also immersing in academic studies. Students are required to learn each art form: dance, music, theatre, literary arts, visual arts, and moving image arts as well as science, mathematics, foreign language, etcetera.
The daily atmosphere of strenuous creative work, self-discipline, integrity and dedication prepares students for both college and future careers. In accordance with the vision of Vancouver Public Schools, VSAA’s goal is for graduates to “achieve literacy and appropriate core competencies, and become responsible and compassionate citizens.” Students attend VSAA full-time; it is tuition-free.