How do you spell success?
Create a small school at the rough end of town. Staff it with great people who are absolutely committed to student success. Give it technological resources so that students can gain access to incredible opportunities. Add to that a highly supportive administration at the site, the district, and all the way up to the superintendent's office. Here is what you get:
Students who excel!
Compare this school with 21,068 other public schools in 48 different states across the nation and, according to U.S. News and World Report, you get a school that ranks in the top 3% of the nation. But not only that!
Look closer and you will discover that Village Academy High School, a Title I Academic Achievement Award-winning school for the past three years, is one of only 44 schools out of the 504 schools selected by U.S. News - fewer than 9% - that has a minority student population in excess of 75%. In fact, VAHS's minority student population is in excess of 90%, and the free/reduced lunch program serves more than 85% of students.
Graduates of this small school are currently attending UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, Pitzer College, Chaminade College, University of La Verne, Azusa Pacific, and a host of others - even though there have only been five graduating classes with fewer than 300 total graduates.
This small school has been involved with the NASA Explorer School Program for five years of its short eight- year history, and has had students work alongside scientists at both the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, and at Arizona State University.
VAHS has partnered with Mt. San Antonio College and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to become one of just 23 Early College High Schools in California. More than 200 students attend both high school and college classes during their high school day. This has produced students with varying numbers of college credits completed by the time they finish high school. Finally, VAHS's API scores have risen more than 226 points in the short history of the school.
Village Academy High School helps students discover and develop their talents so they find success here, at college, and beyond.
Village Academy High School
A California Distinguished School