The Vision of the Valley Arts and Science Academy

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Valley Arts & Science Academy’s mission is to provide a culturally andeconomically diverse elementary school population with a standards-based education by implementing project-based learning and integrated instruction with an emphasis on Science and the Arts, in an urban environment.

Valley Arts & Science Academy values a powerful sense of community and a strong, positive school culture to bring together a community that embraces the importance of providing an integrated educational program where every child receives Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Science to scaffold Core Content Instruction and make learning come to life.

100_4780The ARTS – Visual and performing arts experiences stimulate non-verbal awareness, create a common bond and make school more human. Works of art serve to stimulate verbal skills through discussions and writing. Singing and/or playing music together, dance and the dramatic arts are shared experiences that both reinforce and enhance an understanding of language, mathematics and cultures.

SCIENCE – Elementary school students are innately curious about the natural world. Research shows that science instruction stimulates and reinforces reading, math and thinking skills.

In addition to the arts and science, the VASA curriculum will offer its students strong programs in history, physical education, thinking skills, and writing:

HISTORY – Children love stories. Historical stories develop character, citizenship, and a recognition of important people and events in the history of the community, California, the 100_4779United States, and the cultures of the world.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION – VASA will incorporate a program of physical education focusing on fitness, health, nutrition and recreation. Schools with more physically active students tend to rank higher on California’s Academic Performance Index, according to a report published in April, 2005 by the state Department of Education’s “Getting Results” project.

THINKING SKILLS – Creative thinking and problem solving at all ages can be greatly enhanced by using strategies developed by such programs as Odyssey of the Mind or Destination Imagination and Lego Robotics.

WRITING – It is difficult to write clearly without thinking clearly. Writing skills are enhanced by being able to experience the writing of others through listening and reading. Research-based techniques and strategies will be explored in the planning phase and/or developed on-site to accelerate students’ abilities to listen, speak, read and write effectively.

TARGETED POPULATION – The targeted population is students in the downtown core of Fresno. It is the goal of the school’s founders to attract at least 60% of the students from low performing schools in the immediate vicinity of the Ted C. Wills Center. The remaining 40% of the student population is anticipated to be children who are attracted to the school by the strength, variety, and richness of its educational program.

VASA Event Calendar
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Events on October 2, 2014
  • Early Release Every Thursday
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 3, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on October 3, 2014
  • Spirit Day
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 4, 2014 - 12:00 am
    Location: VASA
    Description: Wear your VASA T-Shirt
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Events on October 9, 2014
  • Early Release Every Thursday
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 10, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on October 10, 2014
  • Spirit Day
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 11, 2014 - 12:00 am
    Location: VASA
    Description: Wear your VASA T-Shirt
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Events on October 13, 2014
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 17, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on October 14, 2014
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 17, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on October 15, 2014
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 17, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • VASA Board Meeting
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 15, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: VASA Room 1
    Description: Valley Arts & Science Academy (VASA) Board of Directors is responsible for the legal and financial obligations of the School. VASA’s Board of Directors establishes policy consistent with the schools mission and ensures the school’s programs and operations are faithful to the terms of the charter including with compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.
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Events on October 16, 2014
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 17, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Early Release Every Thursday
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 17, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • VASA PTC Meeting RM 9
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: October 16, 2014 - 6:30 pm
    Location: Valley Arts & Science Academy, 735 N Glenn Ave, Fresno, CA, United States
    Description: Our Goal this year is to support the students & teachers through volunteering and fundraising. Child care will be provided, we hope to see you here.
  • VASA PAC Meeting Room 9
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 16, 2014 - 7:30 pm
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Events on October 17, 2014
  • Buy Back Day-No School
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 18, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on October 23, 2014
  • Early Release Every Thursday
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 24, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on October 24, 2014
  • Spirit Day
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 25, 2014 - 12:00 am
    Location: VASA
    Description: Wear your VASA T-Shirt
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Events on October 30, 2014
  • Early Release Every Thursday
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 31, 2014 - 12:00 am
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