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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Vancouver School of Arts & Academics is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Vancouver, WA. It has 590 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 66% of students are at least proficient in math and 91% in reading.
About Vancouver School of Arts & Academics...
Address
3101 Main St
Vancouver, WA 98663
Telephone
(360) 313-4600
Website

Vancouver School of Arts & Academics Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
66%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1220
79 responses
Average ACT
29
15 responses
AP Enrollment
68%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$64,146
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$930
National
$949
Median Home Value
$250,469
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Color War
    23%
  • Spirit week
    17%
  • Winter fest
    15%
  • Art Week
    13%
  • Fall Ball
    8%
  • Swing Dance
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    4%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
590
Free or Reduced Lunch
20%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
0%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,813
Teachers in First/Second Year
0.8%
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,623/ year
National
$12,239
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.18 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.18 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.18 responses
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Vancouver School of Arts & Academics Reviews

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Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA) is recognized as having excellent programs in the arts, and I believe this is true. For students who are interested in literary arts, visual art, theatre, dance, moving image arts, and music, VSAA certainly has the capacity to fuel and inspire that passion. The teachers in the arts programs are highly trained and professional. Most students form close personal bonds with their arts teachers that last beyond high school. I feel like I have become a more versatile and informed artist because of my experiences at VSAA. Academically, VSAA has many excellent teachers as well, particularly in the humanities. However, VSAA does have limited options when it comes to AP classes. Hopefully the selection broadens in future years. The student culture at VSAA sometimes feels close-minded and lacking in diversity of opinions. Apart from that, the students tend to be kind, intelligent, and creative people.
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Vancouver School or Arts and Academics has been an amazing place to have spent my last seven years. While I may not have always recognized that, as I'm reaching the final stretch of my time at the school it has become more and more obvious how important it is to me. The emphasis that is put on expression and experimentation is one that's allowed me countless opportunities. From spending hours in the dark room developing images, to creating a piece of public art for our city with a group of my peers, I've been incredibly fortunate to attend VSAA. Overall, the teachers are creative, passionate, and excited to be there helping the students. The wide range of arts classes that are available are both engaging and informative. We're frequently visited by guest artists, and are always guided by a theme that is established at the beginning of each year. VSAA is a hub for inspiration and artistry, and at the core of it all is a tight knit and caring family.
This school is great for students who enjoy project-based learning and who work well with others, since there are many group projects. The community is very supportive, and inclusive of different mentalities, sexual orientations, ethnicity, and backgrounds. In addition, the middle/high school split is embraced by students, and children across all grades collaborate in mixed classes and regularly form friendships.
There are some disadvantages. Middle schoolers have an option of joining the neighboring school's track program. However, because of the later hours (9:30-4:05) it makes it difficult for student athletes. They are allowed one sport per year, and no more. Another disadvantage is the middle school academics. While they’re adequate, classes move at a slower pace and don't go through as much material as other middle schools. Finally, the foreign language classes aren't great. However, the community/environment makes this a very worthwhile place to be.