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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
I love this school because it teaches students to appreciate the arts as well as academics.
Because the arts are an integral part of our growth as individuals and as a culture. Here they excell at the arts!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
My daughter looks forward to school every day. What a blessing!! VSAA is a perfect match for her and she is thriving there.
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.
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.
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.
Great school with super friendly and involved teachers and admistrative staff. My daughter really enjoyed bring a student at VSAA.
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!
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