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Apply for magnet programs and programs of choice beginning Jan. 11

Students who are currently in fifth through 12th grades have the opportunity to participate in a variety of magnet programs and programs of choice next school year. Magnet programs are full-day programs that feature a unique theme as a focus for the curriculum across all content areas; programs of choice are half-day programs that provide a concentrated focus in a particular area. These programs are designed to help students explore their interests and gain the knowledge and skills needed for college and careers. Current fifth- through 11th-graders may apply for any of the programs that serve the grade they will be in the following year. Enrollment will begin with the 2017-18 school year.

Enrollment in magnet programs and programs of choice is free, but students must apply for to be considered. Applications should be submitted online between Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 8 a.m. and the deadline for each program noted below. Admission is based on qualifications, not order in which the application is received. Applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline.

Students who live within district boundaries will be given priority over students from other districts. Transportation is provided for in-district students.

Acceptance letters will be mailed on Friday, March 10. Students who are not accepted to a program may be placed on a waiting list.

Parents and prospective students can learn more about the following programs by attending an open house or getting more information via one of the ways outlined below.

International Baccalaureate is a worldwide honors program with an internationally designed curriculum stressing the importance of expertise in all academic areas and helping students develop critical thinking and research skills that will facilitate their success both in college and within the larger global society. Students must have completed Algebra I with an A or B grade by the end of eighth grade in order to be accepted.

  • Open house: Friday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Columbia River High School, 800 NW 99th St.
  • Application deadline: Monday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m.

For more information about this program, visit the district website, talk to a school counselor, email river.ib@vansd.org or call 360-313-3900.

VSAA offers an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on the arts—visual arts, dance, literary arts, moving image arts, music and theatre—and rigorous academics.

  • Open house: Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at VSAA, 3101 Main St.
  • Application deadline: Monday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m.

For more information about this program, visit the district or school website, talk to a school counselor, email vsaa.arts@vansd.org or call 360-313-4600.

This school features a project-based comprehensive program for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The middle school is located at the Jim Parsley Community Center, and the high school is located at the Clark College Building on the Washington State University Vancouver campus.

  • Open houses: Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jim Parsley Community Center, 4100 Plomondon St. Guardian/student must attend one open house in order to submit an application.
  • Application deadline: Friday, March 3, at 4 p.m.

For more information about this program, visit the district or school website or email itech@vansd.org. Interested parents and students also may contact iTech Prep’s middle school counselor or program coordinator at 360-313-5200 or high school counselor or program coordinator at 360-992-6021.

Vancouver Flex Academy blends face-to-face instruction from teachers with online education on individual student laptops. Students attend five days a week. Instruction is divided between classes and independent online study with teacher support small group work.

  • Open house: Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. or Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Vancouver Flex Academy, 2901 General Anderson Avenue. Guardian/student must attend one open house in order to submit an application.
  • Application deadline: Friday, March 3, at 4 p.m.

For more information about this program, visit the district or school website, talk to a school counselor, email vfa.flex@vansd.org or call 360-313-4350.

The Center for International Studies will develop students’ global competence by asking them to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate their ideas and take action to make a difference in the community and the world.

  • Open house: Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St.
  • No application is required. All students who attend Fort Vancouver High School participate in the program.

For more information about this program, visit the district website, talk to a school counselor, email allison.darke@vansd.org or call 360-313-4000.

The Medical Arts magnet introduces students to the expanding field of health care, with a curriculum rooted in health, wellness, science, math, technology and medicine.

  • Open house: Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St.
  • Application deadline: Friday, March 3, at 4 p.m.

For more information about this program, visit the district website, talk to a school counselor, email fort.medical@vansd.org or call 360-313-4000.

Extensive hands-on opportunities in catering, restaurant management and food service offer Culinary Arts students real-world job experience while developing leadership and job skills.

  • Open house: Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St.
  • Application deadline: Friday, March 3, at 4 p.m.

For more information about this program, visit the district website, talk to a school counselor, email fort.culinary@vansd.org or call 360-313-4000.

The Welding/Fabrication Technology program is designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills to pursue machining, welding and related career fields.

  • Open house: Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St.
  • Application deadline: Friday, March 3, at 4 p.m.

For more information about this program, visit the district website, talk to a school counselor, email fort.welding@vansd.org or call 360-313-4000.

The ACES magnet offers a unique, hands-on experience for students who are interested in horticulture, natural resources, ecology, architecture and related fields.

  • Open house: Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Hudson’s Bay High School, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
  • Application deadline: Friday, March 3, at 4 p.m.

For more information about this program, visit the district website, talk to a school counselor, email bay.aces@vansd.org or call 360-313-4400.

The SMT program challenges students with rigorous science, math, and technology content to solve difficult problems using a hands-on approach.

  • Open house: Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St.
  • Application deadline: Friday, March 3, at 4 p.m.

For more information about this program, visit the district or program website, talk to a school counselor, email skyview.smt@vansd.org or call 360-313-4200.