Secondary students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of magnet programs, full-day programs which feature a unique theme as a focus for the curriculum across all content areas, and programs of choice, half-day programs that provide a concentrated focus in a particular area. These programs are designed to help students explore their interests and gain the knowledge and skills needed for college and careers. Current fifth- through 11th-graders may apply for any of the following programs that serve their grade level.

Enrollment in magnet programs and programs of choice is free, but students must apply for admission. Applications should be submitted online beginning Wednesday, Jan. 6, prior to the deadline for each program noted below. Admission is based on qualifications, not order in which the application is received. Applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline.

Students who live within district boundaries will be given priority over students from other districts. Transportation is provided for in-district students.

Acceptance letters will be sent beginning February 24. Students who are not accepted to a program may be placed on a waiting list.

Parents and prospective students can learn more about the following programs by visiting, attending an open house or contacting the school.

You can learn more about all the programs at the online Magnet and Programs of Choice Fair on Jan. 6.


International Baccalaureate at Columbia River High School (grades 9-12)

International Baccalaureate is a worldwide honors program with an internationally designed curriculum stressing the importance of expertise in all academic areas and helping students develop critical thinking and research skills that will facilitate their success both in college and within the larger global society.

Application deadline extended: Feb. 10

Online open house: Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m.

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (grades 6-12)

VSAA offers an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on the arts—visual arts, dance, literary arts, moving image arts, music and theatre—and rigorous academics.

Application deadline: Jan. 25

Presentación en Español: Jan. 7, at 5:30 p.m.

Online open house: Jan. 7, at 6 p.m.


Vancouver iTech Preparatory (grades 6-12)

This school features a project-based comprehensive program for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The middle school is located at the Jim Parsley Community Center, and the high school is located at the Clark College Building on the Washington State University Vancouver campus.

Application deadline: Feb. 19

Online open house: Jan. 14, at 6 p.m.

Presentación en Español: Feb. 11, at 6 p.m.

Online open house: Feb. 16, at 6 p.m.

Vancouver Flex Academy at Lewis and Clark High School (grades 9-12)

Vancouver Flex Academy blends online education on individual student laptops with student-created schedules, face-to-face instruction from teachers and small group work.

Application deadline: Feb. 19

Online open house: Jan. 19, at 6 p.m.

Online open house: Jan. 28, at 6 p.m.

Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies

The Center for International Studies will develop students’ global competence by asking them to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate their ideas and take action to make a difference in the community and the world.

No application is required. All students who attend Fort Vancouver High School participate in the program.

Online open house: Jan. 20, at 6 p.m.

Medical Arts at Fort Vancouver High School (grades 9-12)

The Medical Arts magnet introduces students to the expanding field of health care, with a curriculum rooted in health, wellness, science, math, technology and medicine.

Application deadline: Feb. 19

Online open house: Jan. 20, at 6 p.m.

Culinary Arts at Fort Vancouver High School (grades 10-12)

Hands-on opportunities in catering, restaurant management and food service offer Culinary Arts students real-world job experience while developing leadership and job skills.

Application deadline: Feb. 19

Online open house: Jan. 20, at 6 p.m.

Welding/Fabrication Technology at Fort Vancouver High School (grades 10-12)

The Welding/Fabrication Technology program is designed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills to pursue machining, welding and related career fields.

Application deadline: Feb. 19

Online open house: Jan. 20, at 6 p.m.

Architecture, Construction and Environmental Services at Hudson’s Bay High School (grades 9-12)

The ACES magnet offers a unique, hands-on experience for students who are interested in horticulture, natural resources, ecology, architecture and related fields.

Application deadline: Feb. 19

Online open house: Jan. 11, at 6 p.m.

Science, Mathematics and Technology at Skyview High School (grades 9-12)

The SMT program challenges students with rigorous science, math and technology content, asking them to solve difficult problems using a hands-on approach.

Application deadline: Feb. 19

Open house: Jan. 13, at 6 p.m.