1:1 Chromebooks

VIDA is a 1:1 school. This means that students are checked out a Chromebook when they register, and we expect students to keep them in their possession until they leave VIDA. This means students can always be connected to the Internet doing research, exploring and collaborating. Insurance is available through VUSD for $20/year. 

Design Labs

The core of our magnet experience is through unique opportunities specifically designed for students to develop their creativity, provide them technical skills & experience, and to actively engage in the Design Thinking process. Such Design Labs themes include: Game Design, Comedy Sketch, Skateboard Design, Sculpture/Ceramics, NASA Space Exploration, Entrepreneurship, Architecture, Rocketry & Flight, Robotics, Pintrest Creations, Psychology, Computer Technologies, Video Production, Photography, Innovative Garden Design, Wearable Technology, Coding, Creative Writing, Jewelry Design, Digital Music Design, Cryptozoology, Sea Perch Robotics, Hacker Scouts, Graphic Novels, and more!

Through these Design Labs, students participate in rotations for different experiences that build their strengths as designers and innovators. Planned rotations for 2015-16 include: iStudio (Maker Space), Imagery Artworks Studio, Speech & Presentation Skills.

iStudio

At the center of our campus is a 1334 sq foot space where students are encouraged to explore, create, play, tinker, try and make as they explore innovative design efforts.

6th Grade Transition

6th grade students will gradually assimilate into middle school by interacting with other grades before school, after school, and in their Elective or Intervention classes. Each grade level has a separate lunch period, separate Design Lab period, and 6th grade students will all be scheduled into 6th grade PE together.

Touching Base Time

Our schedule allows students a "touching-base" time once a week to help anchor students with a caring adult on campus. This also allows a dedicated time for activities such as assemblies, awards presentations, trainings, and information sharing without taking away from instructional time!

Inclusive

We offer an inclusive magnet model for all students. We offer robust, engaging and exciting course offerings in the S.T.E.M. subjects, the Humanities, and the Creative Arts. Like the most successful design firms in the world, we believe in the brilliance of joining together the minds, strengths and talents of diverse people in order to create the richest learning experience possible for students.

Wellness

As an aspect of design, we offer a unique and innovative Physical Education experience for students. Because of our block schedule, we are able to revolutionize the way "PE" is approached and make a true Wellness experience. Our teachers are Certified CrossFit instructors and also Water Safe Certified, as well as Water Aerobic certified. Students will utilize iPads to design menus, track personal levels of activity, and proportions of nutrient intake.

Innovative Scheduling

We offer a hybrid block schedule to maximize the learning time for all students. The schedule provides the necessary time for teachers and students to dig deep into their learning experiences. Students will see all of their teachers on Late Start Mondays, and then they will see their teachers every other day Tuesday-Friday. The exception is the student's Design Lab teacher. Design Labs meet 5 days a week.

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