VAIS opened its doors in 2010 with its first classroom combining kindergarten and first-grade students in a mixed-grade learning environment. Our charter allows for a new class of incoming kindergartners to be added each year, with the school ultimately having one class each at grades K through 5 by the 2015-2016 school year.
PREDICTING YOUR CHILD'S ODDS FOR KINDERGARTEN PLACEMENT
Although we cannot accurately predict the odds for placement each year, we can tell you that in our first year we had a short waiting list, and in our second year, we were filled exactly to capacity with a waiting list only for open-enrollment students. District residents get preference, and every district family that requested placement in VAIS for the current school year, got it.
A SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS OF NEW/INCOMING STUDENTS IN OLDER GRADES
If you are interested in enrolling your child in a grade other than kindergarten at VAIS, we sometimes have a small number of openings. Joining our immersion setting in the first grade as opposed to kindergarten does present some challenges, but these can be very manageable hurdles for families willing to commit and actively partner with us in easing the transition. For children in older grades, their existing proficiency in Chinese needs to be compatible with the grade level in which they will be enrolling in order to be considered for placement. Regardless of whether you reside within or outside the Verona Area School District, we would be happy to speak with you about testing, remedial work (if necessary), and summer language-learning opportunities for new students, particularly those joining the program as first-graders.
To learn more about placement in the charter schools of the Verona Area School District, including the VAIS, click here.
Call our Director, Barbara Drake, at (608) 845-4024 to check for openings at the VAIS and/or to be
placed on the enrollment waiting list. For Spanish, please call (608) 845-4224.