Alternative education

More options for achieving a high school diploma or GED

Nathan Choules360-313-1187
Student Success Coordinator

Alternative education options are for students who have not found success in a traditional comprehensive high school and are looking for alternative ways to obtain their high school diploma or GED. The options listed below are free programs provided through our district, as well as through district partners.

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Student welfare and attendance:

Trish PiliadoDirector, Student Welfare and Attendance

Intent to Homeschool

In accordance with state law, a parent planning to administer home-based instruction must complete an Intent to Homeschool form and submit it to the student welfare and attendance office. An Intent to Homeschool declaration must be completed yearly. Visit the Washington Homeschool Organization for more information.

You can also fill out VPS’ Declaration of Intent to Homeschool online; the form will be sent directly to the student welfare and attendance office for processing.

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Vancouver Home Connection

Vancouver Home Connection is a parent partnership program that serves students in kindergarten through 8th grade in a primarily classroom-based model. This program will best meet the needs of students who have a high level of parent involvement, are motivated/independent learners and are interested in developing college and career readiness. On-site attendance is required two or three days per week.

Virtual Learning Academy

The Vancouver Virtual Learning Academy serves students sixth through 12th grades who prefer to learn independently. Students who have been adversely impacted by life’s challenges will find a highly personalized environment. Students who are on pace to graduate or those with credit deficiencies can work with staff to design an educational pathway for their style of learning. Students may request a waiver from VPS graduation requirements and access the state graduation requirements (20 credits). The array of online and contracted curriculum options enables student readiness for college or career. A computer and Internet access at home are required. Students are required to be on-site a minimum of 2.5 hours per week. Students with an individualized education plan will be required to be on-site for additional time.

Out-of-district online programs

Students who wish to transfer out of the Vancouver Public Schools to participate in online programs such as WAVA or Insight must visit the student welfare and attendance office in person to fill out paperwork.

Clark College Open Doors

Open Doors at Clark College is a program for students who have either dropped out of high schools or are not expected to graduate high school by the age of 21. Open Doors provides opportunities and pathways for students ages 16-21 that fit their educational and career goals. Student can takes classes in either Transitional Studies (pre-college) or associate degree programs. Transitional Studies includes Career and Academic Preparation courses that prepare you to earn a GED; you can also earn credits that can count toward your original Vancouver School District high school transcript so you can earn your diploma. Student can also earn Professional/technical certificates and associate degrees. For more information, please contact Malissa Pierce at 360-992-27-58 or via email at

ESD 112 Open Doors at NEXT

ESD 112 Open Doors offers students ages 16-21 who are credit deficient; free GED preparation and testing, high School credit recovery, and career/work readiness and preparation. Open Doors at NEXT provides students with a flexible learning plan so they can learn at their own pace. Staff work closely with students to ensure academic goals are being met, as well as assisting with career and college readiness skills. Also, students are able to access the Cascadia Technical Academy, where they can participate in career and technical education training. For more information, please contact ESD 112 staff at 360-949-1987.

Washington Youth Academy is a free three-phase residential program that provides a highly disciplined, safe and professional learning environment for at-risk youth. Students can earn up to 8 credits and gain job skills while being challenged and developing self-discipline. Washington Youth Academy is located in Bremerton, Washington. Students must be legal resident of Washington and United States, not currently on parole or probation for anything other than juvenile offenses, have no felonies on record and must be drug-free upon enrollment.

Job Corps is a free career and academic training program for students who are ages 16-24. Opportunities available through Job Corps include GED and high school diploma, job placement and driver’s education. Housing, meals and basic medical services are provided. Students must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, meet income guidelines and be motived and committed to the program.

Students must also be U. S citizen or a legal resident and meet income guidelines.

Connect 2 Careers Youth Workforce provides guidance and support for participants to develop strategies to achieve academic, personal and employment goals.

Students must be 16 to 21 years of age, currently out of school, low-income and facing barriers to success.