I have had a math teacher this year (shout out to Mrs, Avery) who has changed the way I see mathematics and helped me a great deal. However, there are some teachers who make the work incredibly easy for students, and make tests basically give away what the answer is.
My school has been an excellent learning experience for me as a student. We constantly are challeneged in group activities especially in CORE class, which is a class in which you work to create art pieces independently/ with a group.
I just completed my 6th grace year at VSAA. I have to say, I loved it. The way the school runs is unlike any other school. Not only do we have art classes, but every class integrates the arts. For example, in language arts, we did an authors study. Some of the assignments we had were to make a bust of our favorite character from the chosen book out of clay, acting out a scene, and making a puppet show. In this way, we learned about language arts and also theatre, visual arts and literary arts all at once. The school environment is amazing as well. Everyone is friendly, everyone wants to help you do well in your classes. School spirit is very positive.
The way VSAA selects its students is not based on artistic talent or grades. Rather, it is based on how well you work in a group, your willingness to learn, your over all attitude, and if you want to learn ALL the art forms.
I love the teachers, everyone down to the lunch lady loves being with us every day, and do their job well. I can't possibly imagine a better place to be at everyday!!
The teachers at VSAA connect to the students in ways many teachers don't. Since this is a small school, teachers know all their students by name an might wave to them in the hall. These personal relationships can be very effective when teaching. By integrating the arts, teachers are able to keep a classes attention longer, help them focus on the lesson better, and help students remember the information better. Overall, all our teachers are able to do this. Also, if a student is having trouble with the class he/she is taking, the teachers always do anything they can to help them.
Resoecg is a big part of the school. For example, if you are disrespectful in a esembly( we call them showcases), like using your phone while an artists is showing their work, you will be asked to leave. Being respectful is very important to us.
One example of this is "day of caring". On this day, the entire school goes out and serves they community, doing things like cleaning up downtown, helping at elementary schools, weeding gardens etc. there was also a week where the school gave compliments to each other on clothespins. The way this would work is something like, "your really cool" would be written on the pin, and you would pin the pin onto someone. Then, the person who got it would give it to someone else. Another example is we had strings to tie around wrists, and whenever you tied a string around someone's wrist, you had to give a compliment. The idea was the person would remember the compliment the entire day.