Vancouver Public Schools offers a variety of programs to help students recognize and achieve their academic and career potential. Our magnet programs and programs of choice are designed to help students discover their unique gifts. Research shows when students are engaged in their learning, they are excited about school.
Students must apply to magnet programs and programs of choice for the 2016-17 school year. The application period starts Tuesday, January 12. Apply online and/or learn more about the programs at http://vansd.org/choices.
Each of the programs also holds an open house in January or February. You can find more information on the open houses using the above link. We hope you can attend!
Fees for Advanced Placement Testing, 2015-16 School Year:
VPS students entering high school grades 9-12 have access to Advanced Placement courses that may result in earning college credit for high school coursework. These courses are available at no charge to Washington public school students, whereas they may have a tuition cost if taken in college. Students are not required to take the Advanced Placement exam, however, postsecondary institutions determine college credit awarded based on the AP Exam score earned. VPS recognizes that fees for AP Exams have prevented many students from participating in the exam to earn college credit. To alleviate this burden, all AP exam fees for VPS students participating in the May 2016 exams will be funded by Vancouver Public Schools. All participating students will be exempt from payment of any fees associated with AP Exam participation. With the exception of fee collection, the overall process of registering for AP exams will be the same as previous years and communicated to students at the building level. VPS strongly encourages students who take AP courses to sit for the course AP Exam in May.
iTech wants to make sure that all our families are aware of a school calendar change for the 2015-2016 school year. Whereas the first day of school has almost always fallen after Labor Day, next year, because Labor Day starts so late (September 7) the first day of school will be Wednesday, September 2, the week before Labor Day.
Although the district has published the calendar and the key dates, since this is a change, we are repeating it so that everyone is aware and can plan accordingly.
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The Vancouver School District, including iTech, has many students with potentially life threatening peanut and tree nut allergies. If you are bringing treats to school for seasonal parties, or after school activities, please do not send in candies and baked goods that contain peanut or tree nut products. Also all foods should be commercially prepared with the ingredients listed. Help us keep these severely allergic children safe.
Please be prepared for school closures due to bad weather or other emergency situations. Depending on the circumstances, schools could be closed for one day or several days. Schools could open two hours later than usual or close earlier than scheduled.
To find out if schools are closed:
• Check "Emergency Closure Information" on the district website: www.vansd.org.
• Check the Flash Alert website: www.flashalert.net (select Portland/Vancouver area, then Clark County Schools, then Vancouver School District).
• Sign up for free Flash Alert text and/or email messages. You must renew this service each year. Both websites listed above will take you to the Emergency Messages page for Vancouver School District. Find "Emergency Alerts," click "Subscribe" and follow directions.
• Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see our school closure posts: www.facebook.com/VancouverPublicSchools and https://twitter.com/VancouverSD.
• Listen to your local radio and television stations.
• Call the School Closure Information Line at 313-1401.
If schools are closed, the main school phone numbers will allow you to connect to the School Closure Information Line.
The decision to close or delay the opening of school due to snow or icy roads usually is made early in the morning of that school day. If weather becomes threatening during the school day, schools may close early. If schools are closed, all after-school and evening school activities are canceled for that day.
Snow/ice routes may be used for some school bus routes. Families that would be impacted by altered bus routes need to look on the Snow/ice route information posted on our school website.
Schools in Washington State must, by law, provide 180 days of instruction each year. These days have been designated as make-up days in case scheduled school days are canceled: June 17, June 18, and June 19, 2014. If school must be closed more, additional make-up days may be added.
Snow Bus Routes
Snow bus routes have been developed for some school buses that serve our school.These alternate routes will be used when icy or snowy conditions exist on some of the school district’s most difficult roads.Snow bus routes are safer during bad weather conditions.
When snow bus routes are announced, there will be no service to some bus stops.Alternate bus stops will be used.
We encourage students to ride school buses to and from school during adverse weather conditions.School buses are a safe and reliable form of transportation.
Here are the snow/ice routes for our school.These snow routes will also be posted in our school office and available on the school district website, www.vansd.org.
Simple Machines and Mechanical Advantage - click here to see pictures iTech Preparatory extends a sincere thank you to Fire Fighter Dunlap of Clark County Fire District 6 for volunteering his time at our middle school to teach our students about the mechanical advantage of pulley systems. It was so engaging that our science teacher, Mr. Kelley, was swept off his feet - or more accurately pulled off his feet by our middle school students.
Thank you Fire District 6 for your dedication and commitment to our community.
The iTech Staff and Students