Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
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|Vancouver School of Arts and Academics|
A performance at VSAA
|3101 Main Street
Vancouver, Washington 98663
|Type||Public (magnet) span 6-12|
|School district||Vancouver Public Schools|
|Number of students||599 (January 2016)|
|Newspaper||Wordsworth literary magazine|
The Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA), located in Vancouver, Washington (Clark County) in the Vancouver Public Schools school district, is a public arts magnet school for grades 6 to 12. In addition to traditional academic studies, the school's curriculum involves in-depth elective study of the performing, literary, and visual arts, as well as film studies (called "moving image arts" at the school). For the 2008-2009 school year, they accepted nearly 100 6th graders.
The VSAA was established in 1996. The building originally housed Shumway junior high school.
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Historically, the school has not just been an artist community; the academics instilled in the students have offered publicly visible results. According to the "2005 Report Card" published in Portland Monthly (September 2005), the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics was rated (within Vancouver Public Schools) with the best 2007-2008 graduation rate (100%), the best 2003-2004 Grade 10 WASL Reading (89), Writing (87) and Math (71) scores and ranks highly in the state on test scores also the lowest student/teacher ratio (13:1, respectively), and was the only school in Clark County serving grades 6 to 12.
- WASL scores for 2006
- feature article from the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
- WA State report card for 2006
- News coverage from The Columbian.
- A report from the NEA confirming VSAA's participation in Maya Lin's Confluence Project