Magnet program applications, kindergarten registration to begin soon in Vancouver Public Schools

Parents and students can learn more about the programs by attending open houses or contacting a program coordinator

VANCOUVER —  Current and future students and their families in the Vancouver School District are encouraged to begin preparing for the 2020–2021 school year. 

Current fifth- through 11th-graders

Students who want to participate in a specialized program during the upcoming school year should apply for enrollment starting Tuesday, Jan. 7. 

Parents and students can learn more about the programs by attending open houses or contacting a program coordinator. They also can attend a fair on Tuesday, Jan. 7, to speak with program coordinators and get help applying for programs. The fair will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Roosevelt Elementary School gym at 2921 Falk Rd.

Full-day magnet programs and half-day programs of choice empower students to explore their interests and gain knowledge and skills needed for their future careers. Options include: 

  • Careers in Education (grades 10-12)
  • Vancouver Flex Academy (grades 9-12)
  • Welding/Fabrication Technology (grades 10-12)
  • Culinary Arts (grades 10-12)
  • International Baccalaureate (grades 9-12)
  • Medical Arts (grades 9-12)
  • Vancouver iTech Preparatory (grades 6-12)
  • Fort Vancouver Center for International Studies (grades 9-12, no application required)
  • Architecture, Construction and Environmental Services (Bay ACES) (grades 9-12)
  • Science, Math and Technology Magnet (Skyview SMTM) (grades 9-12)
  • Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (grades 6-12)

Students currently in fifth through 11th grades should apply for all programs that match their interests. Applications should be submitted online.

Visit the district’s website for program descriptions, open house dates and application deadlines.

Incoming kindergartners 

Parents may register children for kindergarten starting Monday, Jan. 13. Any child who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2020, is eligible to enter kindergarten in fall 2020. Full-day kindergarten is offered districtwide in Vancouver Public Schools.

Information about the registration process is available on the district’s website.

School offices are open for kindergarten registration Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration can take up to one hour. Some of the forms can be downloaded in advance.

After registration, the child and their family will be invited to visit their elementary school and meet teachers. 

Parents who register their children for kindergarten also will have a chance to sign up their child for Kindergarten Jump Start, a program for incoming kindergarteners that takes place a few weeks before the school year begins. Students will meet their peers; learn routines; become familiar with school surroundings; and participate in math, literacy and hands-on learning activities.

In addition, the Spanish/English Dual Language Program will expand to Martin Luther King Jr. and Roosevelt elementary schools beginning with kindergartners in fall 2020. The goals of dual language education are to promote bilingualism and biliteracy, to attain high academic achievement in two languages and to develop global competence. Students learn to speak, read and write in both English and Spanish by fifth grade. Dual language education prioritizes English learners, focuses on closing opportunity gaps and offers students an opportunity to become proficient in two languages.

King and Roosevelt will host informational nights in January. 

The program also will continue to operate at Harney and Anderson elementary schools, McLoughlin and Gaiser middle schools and the Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies.

Information on the application process will be available at a later date.

Information provided by Vancouver Public Schools.

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