The Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA) is a small learning community at Santa Barbara High School with about 225 students in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. VADA is a unique “school-within-a-school” that integrates rigorous academic coursework with project-based, career-focused art and design instruction, in a supportive and creative environment.
Since 1999, VADA has been a California Partnership Academy funded in equal parts by the California Department of Education, the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and the Friends of VADA, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
VADA Classes by grade level include: ("CP" signifies "College Prep" and "AP" signifies "Advanced Placement")
9th: VADA Freehand Drawing
College Prep Pathway: English 9 CP
10th: VADA Freehand Drawing Advanced/Intro to Graphic Design (SBCC Dual Enrollment)
College Prep Pathway: English 10 CP + World History CP + Biology CP
11th: VADA Advanced Painting/Digital Imaging I (SBCC Dual Enrollment)
College Prep Pathway: English 11 + US History + Marine Biology
12th: VADA AP Studio Art or Honors Studio Art
American Government/Economics CP and/or AP English Literature
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