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Why VAHS?

Welcome to Village Academy High School, home of the Knights!

Here at VAHS we’re anything but “traditional”, being a small school site that consistently attracts the most dynamic and forward-thinking students around, thanks to the incredible range of programs and learning opportunities that we offer. We’ve fully embraced the power of harnessing student engagement to drive student learning and the results have been spectacular.President Barack Obama himself paid us a personal visit to celebrate our students’ work and he’s not alone in recognizing our incredible collective of students, staff and teachers as we recently earned a ranking of 157 out of more than 2200 schools by the US News and World Report.

For starters, there’s our annual Film Festival where students write, direct and produce their own short films – the list of responsibilities includes recruiting actors from our drama department, scouting film locations, shooting film, and post-production (editing, visual effects, sound, and advertisement). From pre-production to release, the process involves an entire community of stakeholders as early as freshman year, when our young filmmakers begin to examine the concepts of story and scene-writing.
 Additionally, our student films are screened in an actual movie theater… and yes, we also have popcorn. With multiple theaters available for student use, we also have plans to renovate featured theaters into industry-standard stages for use by our burgeoning Drama and Theater programs.

Some other recent highlights include our partnership with the National Academy Foundation – we were awarded the Lenovo Scholar Network Grant, which challenges our students to use their IT skills to develop Android-based apps and participate in a national competition focused on designing and developing a mobile app, as well as creating a business plan for taking the app to market.
And speaking of partnerships, we’re directly allied with Pitzer College, Harvey Mudd College and Cal Poly Pomona in the interest of bolstering our students’ collegiate endeavors. We've been recognized as one of the top 100 schools in the nation by State Farm for our short film submission and we’ve just been selected as the hosting site for the next Google Summit in Education. A wide variety of clubs and student services nurtures our students in all of their many capacities and interests and our Associated Student Body leadership regularly puts on the best rallies and school-wide events around.

For a world-class education, it takes more than just a village… it’s our daily commitment towards excellence and student engagement here at Village Academy High School. If you’d like to know more, we’d love to hear from you!