At the crux of science, technology, engineering and math, aka STEM, are people who are interested in using their creativity to generate ideas and solve real-world problems. At Vancouver iTech Preparatory, a unique magnet school for students in sixth through 12th grades, solving problems is exactly what you’ll learn.
The school combines STEM with the liberal arts by integrating art and design principles into research and problem-based learning. One day, you might find yourself studying restoration efforts on Mount St. Helens; the next, designing and pitching a product to a panel of professionals. To expand learning opportunities, you’ll receive your own digital device to use at school and home. Partnerships with local businesses and opportunities to earn college credit can help prepare you for university life and employment.
Currently, middle school students attend school at the Jim Parsley Community Center and high school students attend school at the Clark College Building on the Washington State University Vancouver campus. Transportation is provided. Thanks to a voter-approved bond passed in 2017, iTech campuses will come together as one in the near future.
Vancouver iTech Preparatory empowers each student to engage with their future by fostering innovation and resilience using project-based learning with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Our philosophy of learning grows out of a commitment to specific principles, which guide us in how we learn. Students and staff alike come to the school knowing that the people here teach and learn with a creative and inquisitive approach sustained by high academic integrity. Within the framework of our guiding principles we constantly ask fundamental questions which explore evidence of learning. In this school, we learn the value of individual commitment and respect for uniqueness because we live and learn everyday with people who are inventive, receptive to new ideas, responsible, and committed to learning.
Recent history & accolades
September 2012 — Vancouver iTech Preparatory opens
January 2015 – iTech became the district’s first STEM Lighthouse School and earned a $20,000 grant. It also is a Washington Innovative School.
July 2015 – iTech receives the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Student Engagement Award for 2015. The Student Engagement Award is intended to recognize educators who contribute to providing a school where students are actively engaged in learning and are connected to the school and broader community.
November 2015 – iTech earns a District of Distinction award from District Administration magazine. VPS was one of 30 districts nationwide and one of just three Washington state districts to receive the award.
May 2016 – iTech is one of seven schools to receive the state’s Innovative Schools designation for 2016. It is the only VPS and Southwest Washington school selected for 2016.
February 2017 – a bond is passed by taxpayers that includes plans to consolidate both the middle and high schools of iTech in a new building on the Washington State University Vancouver campus.
Spring 2017 – Plans for a new iTech school are unveiled, with construction slated for June 2018 through December 2019.