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6-12
Public
Vancouver, WA
Students enrolled: 587

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3101 Main St
Vancouver, WA 98663

(360) 313-4600
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January 31, 2014
My school is Gaiser middle school I really want to go to vsaa because I love sports and singing and dancing

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2013
Great school but flawed entrance process. School is filled with top students so test scores reflect. School has about 75% female to 25% male. Entrance should be based on scholastic achievement to get into a lottery based versus hand picked by the principal. Example have a minimum criteria then take the pool of applicants that meet the criteria and have a lottery system. I had a daughter miss an entrance and helped a neighbor get there daughter into VSAA. I also requested entrance info that the principal should post publicly but you have to ask. This info contains elementary schools in the VSD and how many children applied and were accepted. These numbers are very powerful and are available only on request.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2013
to the weirdo who gave this one star, they pick by grades and then by available spots. they dont have sports, but they can compete for any school in the distirct if they want to do sports, so yeah. great school.

- submitted by a community member
February 23, 2013
this is for the person who says i dont believe this school should be aloud to"rate children" why are you rating this school! you obviously haven't been to this school beforethis is my first year here and i absoloutly love it we exept every body and we're aloud to be ourselves around anybody and maybe its because of this thatwe have some of the best teachers and test scores in the whole district we love and exept everybody but i do feel bad for the children whos spot was taken by someonewithout a passion for the arts but this school isn't intended to create the next wave of artists its indended to broaden the learning of children and to create understanding and respect for diffrent cultures and music and art so its not about talent its more about passion for trying new things and wanting to learn more about the arts and ist because of this schoolthat i have a music scholarship for orchestra ths school is the best thing that happened to me

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2012
Its a sham. I don't believe this school should be allowed to rate children. Lots of very dissapointed children , which I understand is how life is... But most the of the children that we know who made it in dont even care fir the arts. Infact, one of them complained because he was being "made" to go by his parents & they have no sports!! Where as my neighbors child who loves the arts couldnt get in. I dont know how they pick and choose their students, but it deffinetely isnt based on passion for arts or even talent. Its ridiculous! Anyone who recommends this school is a parent whos kid "got in" for "who knows" what reason? Sorry but I really do think it should be based on "talent" to get in. As for the neighbor boy...I feel AWFUL for him. :( Hes not interested in the arts...he wants sports... but his parents are forcing him to go. Very well played VSAA. I love how you "seem" to know who fits in your school & who doesnt. Bravo!

- submitted by a community member
December 06, 2011
I have gone to VSAA for 2 year. i used to be bullied and picked on because i was a dancer. VSAA is a whole different environment. they welcome everyone no matter who you are. For me getting here is one of the best things that ever happened to me.

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2011
VSAA has proven to be the most amazing place for my child. For the first time he really fits in and loves learning. The integrated curriculum is a huge factor in this. He has been challenged to do things outside of his comfort zone and come out more confident . The staff really cares about the kids and work above and beyond to make sure every child, regardless of their learning style, has a chance to succeed. I would suggest this school but caution that the child needs to have a unique passion for the arts. It is not dependent on talent but passion. I also love how involved the parents are. This school has a very clear sense of community. I would imagine it is an ideal model for other schools to follow.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2010
This is a wonderful school. Art emphasis is beautiful to see in action and test scores prove the effectiveness of the art integrated education. However, there is only one counselor for over 500 children. She does her best but it is not enough and this causes people who transfer in and those going on to college to have trouble with credits. The lack of any sports program is also an issue. No sports at all, nada. Dance is great but its not sports. The girl to boy ratio is high, up to 4 girls to 1 boy. Sometimes this is fine, other times it is not balanced. Ethnic diversity is minimal but it is Vancouver WA after all. Mr. Carr and Mr. Freeman are awesome.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
I love this school because it teaches students to appreciate the arts as well as academics.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 21, 2010
Because the arts are an integral part of our growth as individuals and as a culture. Here they excell at the arts!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
VSAA it is the 2nd best art school in the US and people from England and Canada try to get in. We think students learn best when arts and academics are integrated. Vancouver School of Arts and Academics are for middle and high schoolers, 6-12 and is no ordinary school. We have Visual Art, Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Literary Arts, Moving Image Arts, Dance, and Theatre. We also have all of the classes a normal middle school has.

- submitted by a community member
March 30, 2010
VSAA is the perfect school...the only thing they need improve on is sharing their model for success with more students and other schools. VanSD, why not open another Arts Magnet so that you can serve even more students this way?

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
Oldest child went to VSAA all 7 years, youngest just got in for HS. This is, by far, a great school. Teachers care. Students in general want to be there. My youngest looks forward to school and is very involved. If you can get in, do it.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
The BEST school ever! They make it fun to learn and mix in art all the time, not to mention I've never been to a school with such great kids that are funny, artistic, and always nice!

- submitted by a student
December 24, 2009
I loved this school so much when I went there. This school is amazing. Everyone is so accepting. You can express as much of yourself as possible and you won't get ridiculed. Its amazing how accepting everyone was at that school. After I left VSAA I went to a regular high school, and disliked it there so much. I wish I could finish high school at VSAA, but my life changed and so I couldn't. Parents, your child will love it here. And students, trust me, this school is worth going to even If you aren't interested in the arts.

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2009
My daughter looks forward to school every day. What a blessing!! VSAA is a perfect match for her and she is thriving there.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2009
I attended the VSAA for a year and a half. What a privilege. Unfortunately, I was too young to recognize the opportunity and got myself expelled. Great school full of great teachers. I highly recommend this school, whether you're interested in the arts or not. You'll leave with an appreciation for all of them.

- submitted by a community member
no rating July 16, 2009
I have been at VSAA for the pst two years and plan on saying for all seven. VSAA is great, but it has to be the right fit for you. You have to love arts. Although we are the Vancouver School Of arts AND ACADEMICS! You need to love Acdenics too. we hav a whole class were we use academics to infulence art and the school has this class. every year. It's called core and, well, it's the core of the school. I love VSAA and I wish it was the right fit for everyone, but its not. think hard befor you try out. or else you wasting space for people who want to go.

- submitted by a student
July 13, 2009
I gotta say i miss VSAA. I went to the school for my middle school years 6-8 and it was the TIME of my life!! I LOVED going to VSAA instead of your average middle school. VSAA was special and I'm pretty positive that i wouldn't nearly be as happy if i went to middle school somewhere else. Anyhow during my 8th grade year before i knew i was going to move, i was actually contemplating whether i should pursue high school at VSAA. I wasn't INTO arts as much as my 6th grade year so i realized (darn!) i wanted to see what was out there besides arts. VSAA is a good Art school and a loving, accepting community - but you may be a someone that chooses to go only to middle school at VSAA because your interests might change before attending high school, i know mine did.

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2008
Great school with super friendly and involved teachers and admistrative staff. My daughter really enjoyed bring a student at VSAA.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
VSAA does have an unfair advantage, compared to other middle and high schools, because they get to select their students. Most of the students attending have a positive attitude toward school and a general sense of curiosity and open-mindedness rather than 'artistic' talent. There are some extraordinary students here though. I have never had a communication problem with teachers: ever. There is a positive vibe coming off of the students and the faculty at functions and from the stories I hear from my middle schooler about the classroom. Our daughter was a little intimidated sharing a class with older classmates (some courses blend across grades) in the beginning; however, she had to fend for herself and worked hard to challenge herself. I believe that if your child has the frame of mind right for this school it can be nothing but a blessing!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2008
VSAA is not a huge dissapointment... we only pay a small fee- 92 dollars- for ASB- other schools pay more. Plus, with the exception of one teacher, the staff is great! How else would they get such high test scores? And teachers must dislike this person, because they continously respond to e-mails and voicemails. Some even give home contact info if you have a concern and can't reach them at school. We have never had a teacher ignore an e-mail or phone call.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 24, 2008
Even though I could only attend this school for one year, my sixth grade year, I was extremely grateful to have the opportunity. The teachers are great and challenging. When I thought I did well...I knew I had to do better. I was glad for the arts and I learned plenty. I wish I was there, with the other respectful students.

- submitted by a student
February 19, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 23, 2008
Wonderful school! My daughter and her friends love it! Everyone there (well, almost everyone!) Is kind, talented, and smart!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2007
This school has changed my life. There are no cliques and everyone is kind. I highly reccommend it.

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2007
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August 02, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 20, 2007
I have gone to VSAA for quite a while now, and its amazing. Every teacher I have had has made me feel like it really matters what I do and what grades I get. I feel incredibly lucky to go to such a school. I know 100's of people who would kill to go to this school. I'm just glad I got in. :)

- submitted by a student
June 12, 2007
My daughter is graduating from VSAA this year after attending all 7 grades. It has been a wonderful experience for her and for us - her parents. Wonderful talent is found in this school witnessed at the various shows and concerts. My daughter joined in and took part in anything and everything available to her and as a result has grown into quite a young lady with a lot of self confidence. I've had great teacher communication when it was needed. My daughter had the same advocate all 7 years and that person has truly been a blessing in her life. The school has changed a lot over the time she has attended and even though changes aren't always welcomed and are hard to accept, things have always turned out well. With the new principal this year, I expect nothing but success in the years to follow! Sincerely, J. Delgado

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2007
This school is great they have guest arts every Monday and great teachers. Its a small school so you get a lot of one on one time with the teachers if you need help with a project. It's a great school and I feel lucky to go.

- submitted by a student
October 19, 2006
This is an amazing school, and when open to it, it will influence your life. I was able to attend it for the last three years, and am very grateful for this blessing in my life. Academics are challenging, and although sometimes they can be overwhelming, they challenge students, giving them a chance to grow. The Arts are fabulous, allowing students to progress to Focus. It is a place for people who love the arts, whose life would not be complete without them. This is a great school that I hold close to my heart.

- submitted by a former student
May 30, 2006
While one of the 'safest' schools here, VSAA is lacking in many areas. Academics are poor in most cases. Arts, of course are well tended to, but the fees to attend this public school are atrocious for what the parent/student don't get. I don't believe that at an arts school, after forking over bundles of money at the start of the year, we're still having to pay to see concerts and shows, and still can't videotape them, even in an emergency situation. Pretty sad. Teacher/parent communication is lousy. They all claim they have email, but I have had only one in three years answer my concerns, either via email or phone. Our child is leaving this year, and we're breathing a sigh of relief. This is NOT the school we thought it would be. VSAA is a huge disapointment.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2006
VSAA is an awesome middle/high school with excellent academic and art programs. It doesn't have the tradition high school atmosphere; It has less than 600 kids, most of which are middle schoolers. The size of the school restricts some things, especially electives. The types and numbers of classes depends heavily on participation and interest. So those students looking to continue further in Foreign Language or specific AP or arts classes may find that they need to look to other schools for suppementation from other schools before class.

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
This school has changed my daughter so much over the last 6 years she has attended. The focus and dedication among the students is excellent, even more so among the teachers. I have found passionate men and women who genuinly care about the students. Of course, no school is perfect, but I sincerely can't think of any complaints geared towards VSAA.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2004
I recently completed my student teaching internship in dance at this empowering school! The VSAA teachers are engaged and constantly seeking new ways to interact as well as encouraging students to follow through with new ideas. Each student has a faculty 'advocate' who monitors their experience throughout their years. The school feels like a community, as sixth graders through twelfth grade students rely on, create beside, and experience together. While at VSAA, a typical student uses their artistic experience to continue deepening their understanding of concepts. A true integration of the art forms occurs within one another and core curriculum creates an environment that has really potent affects on a child's experience. The school is public, yet a magnet, which offers a diverse population relative to Vancouver, WA. Furthermore, many students find a way to constuctively express themselves in a way that would not be as accepted in a traditional setting.

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Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
3101 Main St, Vancouver, WA  98663
(360) 313-4600
Last modified Vancouver School of Arts and Academics is a Public school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top