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Create something great

Art is ethos at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, one of the top schools in the state according to U.S. News and World Report. Here you can pirouette, even if you’ve never pliéd. Sketch the contents of your soul. Express yourself on the page. Every student in grades six through 12 has opportunities to tour different areas of the arts: visual, performing, literary, musical, moving image and recording. VSAA teachers are practicing artists who can advise on the creative process.

While creative work is at the center of the interdisciplinary curriculum, all students also study science, math, social studies and English. Advanced Placement classes in history, government, math, English and visual arts enhance college preparation. And a student-centered, project-based experience called Core imbues studies with depth and meaning.

Application process

Apply online during the application period, which typically begins in mid-January. If the deadline to apply has passed, please inquire about availability by contacting the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics coordinator.

The application process allows school administrators to evaluate prospective students’ academic record and interest and commitment to the arts. The process consists of the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Participation in a collaborative workshop
  • Interview
  • Opportunity to share your passion for a specific art form
  • Written response to a prompt

Students who live within the school district’s boundaries are given priority for admission. At the high school level, VSAA may accept students from other districts after all VPS students have been accepted and if space is available.

Jennifer Hockhalter
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics coordinator
360-313-4600

Sample four-year plan

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Pre-Advanced Placement English Pre-AP English AP English Language or American Literature AP English Literature or World Literature
Biology Integrated Science or Fine Art AP U.S. History/U.S. History AP Comparative Government and Politics
Math AP Human Geography/World Themes Chemistry Math
Health/Fine Art/Dance Math Math Physics
World Language/Fine Art World Language/Fine Art/Dance Fine Art Fine Art
Fine Art Fine Art Fine Art Fine Art
Interdisciplinary Arts Core Interdisciplinary Arts Core Interdisciplinary Arts Core Interdisciplinary Arts Core

Career clusters

For more information on related high school classes, post-secondary options and potential careers, please review the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications Career Cluster.