Use creativity to explore ideas and solve real-world problems.

About the program

VITA 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 will develop 21st-century skills in:

  • critical thinking
  • collaboration
  • creativity
  • innovation
  • communication

VITA is a K-5 elementary school. Kindergarten through second grade will be a child-led, hands-on and discovery-based learning model, based on the Reggio Emilia Approach®. This approach values the uniqueness of every child and is based on the belief there are many ways children best learn and express themselves. The program also centers the child’s five senses (hearing, smelling, touching, seeing and taste). As a result, VITA’s learning spaces are larger, more open and filled with more natural materials than in more traditional settings.

The project-based learning model is unique and this will be one of only a small number of schools with this model in the state of Washington.

Transportation is provided to all students in the VPS district.

Learn about the VITA experience

Profile of a successful VITA student

 

Apply

The application period is closed for the 2023-24 school year.

Frequently asked questions

VITA is located at 1111 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98661. Being near downtown Vancouver will help us establish community partnerships with downtown businesses and organizations.

The school does not have any “neighborhood boundaries” and all students in the VPS district are invited to apply.

You are encouraged to explore VITA and attend an Open House on March 15, at 5:00 p.m. Spanish and Russian interpreters will be present. Please RSVP using this form.

To apply for admission to the school, please complete this form. Applications open on February 21, 2023 and close on March 16, 2023.

Timeline
Applications open on February 21, 2023 and close March 16th. Offers go out no sooner than March 24th, 2023. Students must accept or decline by April 24th, 2023.

Selection process
There are roughly 50 spots per grade level in Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and 5th grade.

VITA uses a blind lottery system for student acceptance

Each VPS elementary will have a designated number of openings based on the student’s neighborhood school’s community population size and risk factors.

Related to this lottery, the Vancouver Public Schools board approved a new equity-based selection policy for choice schools and programs of choice during their Feb. 14, 2023 meeting. The rationale for the policy change states:  “The district’s magnet program policy and procedure are revised to reflect the board’s goal of providing enrichment and equity in choice schools and programs for all students.”

Based on this, the selection process for all programs of choice, secondary and elementary, will allot a designated number of openings based on the student’s neighborhood school’s population size and factors of that school community. This selection process is an effort to assure the enrollment within programs of choice mirror those of the district.

Once your student is accepted to attend VITA, they will continue in the program at the school through grade 5. It is not necessary to reapply every year.

Yes. Students in the VPS district are provided transportation to VITA.

Project-based learning

Supportive staff. Engaging projects. VITA is the hands-on learning experience you’ve been looking for.