Vancouver iTech Preparatory

Full-day magnet

  • iTech students design and fabricate a board made out of wood.

Imagine. Innovate. Be inspired.

At the crux of science, technology, engineering and math, aka STEM, are people like you. People who are interested in using their creativity to generate ideas and solve real-world problems. Solving problems is exactly what you’ll learn to do at Vancouver iTech Preparatory, a unique experience for students in sixth through 12th grades.

The school combines STEM with the liberal arts by integrating art and design principles into research and problem-based learning. One day, you might find yourself studying restoration efforts on Mount St. Helens; the next, designing and pitching a product to a panel of professionals. To expand learning opportunities, you’ll receive your own digital device to use at school and home. Partnerships with local businesses and opportunities to earn college credit can help prepare you 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. Transportation is provided.

Application process

Apply online during the application period, which typically begins in mid-January. Applications are reviewed and a lottery is held to select qualified students. The lottery helps to ensure that the student enrollment is reflective of the overall district demographics and that students throughout VPS have access to this unique STEM magnet.

One requirement that is different than other magnet programs is that student and parent/guardian attendance at one of the two Open House events is required to complete the application process and be considered for the lottery or admission. Students applying for Vancouver iTech Preparatory will need to complete a brief questionnaire when in attendance at one of the two open houses.

To learn more, or if the deadline to apply has passed, please 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.

Natalie Powell360-313-5200 (grades 6-8) or 360-992-6021 (grades 9-12)
Vancouver iTech Preparatory coordinator

Sample four-year plan

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
English English English English
Math Math Math Math
Biology Physics Chemistry Lab Science
Spanish Spanish Spanish* Spanish*
AP Human Geography Global Forum/Social Studies Elective AP U.S. History AP Government
Visual Art/Design II Pre-Engineering Design Elective/STEM Elective** Elective/STEM Elective**
PE/Health Biomechanics of Movement Elective/STEM Elective** Elective/STEM Elective**
Elective/STEM Elective** Elective/STEM Elective** Elective/STEM Elective** Elective/STEM Elective**

* Students may bring up one year of Spanish from iTech middle school.  A total of four credits of Spanish are required for graduation from iTech.

** Students are required to take eight electives, four of which must be STEM-related.

*** Early College classes must meet iTech program requirements and may begin as early as the ninth grade.

Career clusters

For more information on related high school classes, post-secondary options and potential careers, please review the STEM Career Cluster.


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