We offer a number of different school experiences for our elementary students, each with their own benefits and opportunities. 

We encourage you to explore these different options.

At the elementary level we offer:

Three Choice Schools (space is limited and students are admitted on a lottery basis):

Register for Kindergarten

All students must first register at their neighborhood school before applying to these elementary options.

Please note: applications for our elementary options are closed for the 2024-25 school year.

Elementary programs and schools for students grades K-5

Summer Art classes during the summer of 2023

Neighborhood school

Neighborhood schools are exactly that – typically located very close to your home and in your neighborhood. Your child will attend school with the children who live near your home. Neighborhood schools provide families with opportunities to build relationships and a strong community inside and outside of school with their neighbors. Neighborhood schools are the traditional option for our enrolling students. 

There are 21 elementary schools in the Vancouver Public Schools district serving neighborhoods across the city. Please see our boundary map to view the school boundaries for your neighborhood school.

If you need help locating your neighborhood school, please call our student welfare department at 360-313-1330 or email student.welfare@vansd.org.

Harney ES First Day of School 2023-24 school year

Dual language and language immersion programs at neighborhood schools

Our Spanish/English dual-language programs teach students to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. Students are a half-and-half mix of native English speakers and native speakers of the target language. 

Spanish/English Dual-Language programs are offered in the following schools:

Our Mandarin language immersion program is offered at:

All students must apply for the dual-language programs and language immersion program, even if this is their neighborhood school.

Students who live in a neighborhood school’s boundaries are given preference, followed by other students in the district hoping to join the program.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg students 2023-24

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Elementary (RBG)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Elementary is our full school Spanish/English dual-language program. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a school of choice and is open to students across the district with no “neighborhood school” boundaries.

Students are selected using a lottery system.

VITA students working on hands-on project

Vancouver Innovation, Technology & Arts (VITA)

Vancouver Innovation, Technology and Arts Elementary is a project-based learning school of choice with a focus on innovation, technology, arts and the development of downtown community partnerships that enhance student learning.

Students are selected using a lottery system.

Vancouver Home Connection elementary students in a classroom

Vancouver Home Connection (VHC)

The Home Connection at Heights Campus is a parent-partnership program tailored for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Our dedicated faculty collaborates closely with families to achieve educational excellence, delivering exceptional core academic instruction and providing access to a wealth of information, guidance, and learning resources.

Vancouver Virtual Learning Academy (VLA)

The Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) at Heights Campus is your solution for a flexible, virtual, home learning program designed for academic success. Our advising teachers collaborate with you and your child to craft a personalized, flexible learning plan that aligns with your academic goals.

Ready to register?

Our kindergarten page offers step-by-step registration instructions. 

Everyone must first register their child for a neighborhood school, even if you are interested in one of our other options. You will be able to apply for one of the other options after your child’s neighborhood school registration is accepted.