Venture Academy Family of Schools

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Venture Academy Family of Schools holds a fundamental belief that individuals learn best in an environment that nurtures creativity and curiosity, expanding understanding of the world through observation, questioning, and testing of theories. A powerful learning environment is one in which students, with the assistance of caring adults, have options in how, when, and where they learn. The learning environment is physically and emotionally safe; the teacher is compassionate, supportive, and trusted; the curriculum is based in reality and presented in one-on-one or small group settings; and the subject matter is appropriate, relevant, and intellectually stimulating. Within VAFS, these conditions are met in a variety of educational settings called academies which meet individual needs and interests of the students.

At VAFS, students have opportunities to individualize their instruction based on their ability levels and personal interest, through a wide variety of school offerings. Teachers, parents, and students confer regularly to adjust the individualized plan as needed to ensure progress toward meeting educational goals. Using a variety of authentic assessment methods and standardized tests, students are evaluated to determine levels of competency and to measure progress.

Chartered by the San Joaquin County Board of Education, VAFS is one of the largest charter schools in the area. Serving TK-12 students, VAFS offers WASC accredited programs that feature flexible schedules and sites that develop students’ academic progress while furthering their imagination. VAFS features:

  • • Small class sizes in grades TK-12
  • • Innovative non-traditional approach to education
  • • A public school of choice
  • • Tuition-free enrollment
  • • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation

The modified daily attendance academies are staffed by credentialed teachers with a targeted 25 to 1 (or less) student to teacher ratio. Students attend classes Monday-Thursday. Fridays are assigned as a home school day. Enrollment is offered to students within San Joaquin County and any contiguous counties. This includes:

  • • Stanislaus
  • • Sacramento
  • • Contra Costa
  • • Calaveras
  • • Alameda

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