Vancouver iTech Preparatory is the newest school in the district. It opened in fall 2012 and now serves more than 300 students on two campuses.
The school combines science, technology, engineering and math with the liberal arts by integrating art and design principles into research and problem-based learning. Partnerships with local businesses and opportunities to earn college credit help prepare students for university life and employment.
Middle school students attend school at the Jim Parsley Community Center and high school students attend school at the Clark College Building on the Washington State University Vancouver campus.
Vancouver iTech Preparatory, a science, technology, engineering and math magnet school, serves students in grades 6–12. The popular STEM school admits students through a lottery based on zip code to ensure equitable representation from throughout the district.
Since its 2012 opening, iTech has received manystate and nationalawards. While the school is flourishing, it faces some significant challenges:
Campus: iTech is housed in two different locations more than 10 miles apart. This creates logistical challenges for the staff.
Capacity: Nearly 200 students are on a waiting list to get into the middle school.
Lack of space: The temporary spaces at both locations are not adequate for project-based learning on which the school’s curriculum is based.