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Do students have to take all art forms? What if they just want to take drama? Or dance? Visual art? Etc.?
We are tasked with introducing and developing students both academically and in the arts. Students will experience all six art forms in their first three years at VSAA. After exploring each of them, they may choose to focus in one or more of these art forms.
Students who wish to participate in sports may do so for a maximum of one sport season (fall or spring only) per school year. They will need to arrange for an early release for the athletic season and may either make up the missed coursework to gain credit in the class or receive a "no credit" [...]
Vancouver Public Schools provides bus transportation for in-district students. Each of the six district middle schools serves as a hub from which sixth- through 12th-graders are transported to VSAA. Routes will return students to their neighborhoods after the school day ends.
At VSAA, every teacher serves as an advocate for 21-23 students, offering professional attention to each student. The advocate, in cooperation with the student and family, monitors academic progress and planning. Advocacy groups meet twice per week before or after lunch. Advocacy is considered part of the VSAA curriculum and attendance is required.
Our goal is to offer a diverse and comprehensive arts and academics curriculum to each student. We encourage students to make VSAA a seven-year commitment.
We offer vocal music, strings and instrumental music. We do not offer piano or guitar as part of our general curriculum.
Dance is a required component of the VSAA curriculum and must be taken.
VSAA does have students in need of special education services. Through an inclusive model, students are given the necessary support to have a positive educational experience.
Students are separated in their academic subjects into groups of sixth through eighth grade (blue team), ninth and 10th grade (red team) and 11th and 12th grade (yellow team). Grade levels are integrated in our arts classes and through advocacy.