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INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS

S.T.E.A.M.

Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics

STEAM is an educational approach that integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. It also includes purposeful integration of other disciplines such as fine arts, language arts, social & liberal arts, and physical arts. STEAM teaching method engages students in more problem-solving and discovery learning rather than the traditional teacher-centered learning. In simple terms, it provides students with ways of connecting, applying, and reinforcing knowledge in all core curriculum. 

STEAM education promotes 21st century skills such as the Four Cs: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. Through project-based learning, students are encouraged to build inquiry skills, take thoughtful risks, dialogue, and think critically. By incorporating the four Cs, students learn to problem solve through effective communication and collaboration. They use creative methods to innovate ways to express their solutions. Obtaining theses skills will eventually help them to be more competitive in the global society and thus encourage them to be future innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of 21st century. 

We’re so very excited to be partnering with Apple and Computerwisekids to advance our computer science program. Through their support, our students will learn Coding, Robotics, 3-D Printer use and other Tech Skills. 

STEAM Vision. Van Ness All-Stars have VOICE

V – Value Others
O – Opportunity to Lead
I – Innovate for the Future
C – Collaborate to Problem Solve
E – Engage with the Community

Project Based Learning

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional methodology that identifies a real-world problem and develops its solution. It presents opportunities for students to think deeper and helps to develop college and career readiness skills called the Four Cs (communication, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration).

PBL is characterized as inter-disciplinary, rigorous, and student-centered. As students are learning content knowledge through core instruction, they apply their knowledge to real-world challenges and engage in inquiry and solution building. Students are expected to think critically to engage in deeper learning. In PBL, teachers are facilitating as project managers while students are encouraged to make decisions and problem solve. This process fosters independence, ownership of their work, and develops 21st century skills. PBL is an essential component of our STEAM initiative. 

enrichLA

Through our partnership with EnrichLA, we are able to provide Garden Ranger Program to all our students. Interactive and interdisciplinary garden lessons are taught by the ranger at two of our beautiful edible gardens. This program aligns with our STEAM initiative where garden activities are integrated in all core curriculum including technology and art.

Some of the benefits of this program include improved air quality, exposure to natural world, environmental stewardship, and positive impact on healthy habits. Garden program act as catalysts to promote health and wellness of children and helps to develop positive attitudes toward consumption of versatile, well-balanced food. Outside of instructional time, our students have access to the garden to read, relax, or to take care of the garden. In the near future, we hope to expand further to culinary experiences for our students using the vegetables and fruits that they grow. 

Mandarin Foreign Language

Our students are growing up in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Having proficiency in another language will provide greater opportunities for them to engage with diverse population and succeed in the global economy.

There are many research proving benefits to learning foreign language. Accordingly to ACTFL, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language, there are many reasons to learning languages as shown below: 

  1. Connect with others and communicate with wide range of people.
  2. Advance Your Career by setting you apart from monolingual peers.
  3. Improves memory, problem-solving, critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, ability to multitask, and better listening skills. 
  4. Foster an appreciation for the traditions, religions, arts, and history of people who speak the language.
  5. Traveling as a speaker of the local language.
  6. Empower to access information and navigate the internet as global citizens.
  7. It makes picking up additional language easier.
  8. Boost your confidence.
  9. Strengthen your decision making.
  10. Gain perspective of others.

For these reasons, Van Ness offers Mandarin foreign language to our K-5th grade students. We have partnered with Ni Hao Chinese School that provides the curriculum and an instructor who teaches Mandarin as well as the Chinese culture and arts. Van Ness All-Stars will become bilingual and grow to appreciate differences and become more marketable in the global society. 

Restorative Justice

The Restorative Justice approach provides a proactive systematic approach for schools to build a culture that promotes School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. School communities develop school-wide expectations and Restorative Justice practices in unison with stakeholder groups to ensure positive school climates, stronger school communities, productive interpersonal relationships, and tools to address student issues.

At Van Ness, we value the importance of developing positive characters and understand our students’ social emotional needs. Through a safe, nurturing environment that promotes growth mindset, our students learn empathy, compassion, and team building. Teachers conduct Restorative Justice circles in the classroom as they commit to restoring positive relationships and community building. 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Boys & Girls Club (K–5th)

The mission of the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive and responsible members of the community.

We are available from dismissal to 6 pm (for any early release days we will be here early). Open to anyone from Kinder to 5th grade that currently attend Van Ness. We only require that both of our application forms be filled out correctly, usually takes about two days to review application before they can start the program. We have capacity for 80 students and it’s completely free. We are open all days school is in session.

Art Studio (K-5th)
Explore creativity and what your imagination can do. Just like the layers found in a cake, students will create dynamic images by building up layers of different types of media: from paints, markers, and just about anything you can find and put on paper. The emphasis is on creativity, exploring with different media, techniques and building confidence.

Youth Leadership (3rd-5th)
Leadership is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation. 

Vex Robotics (3th-5th grade)
VEX IQ Robotics Curriculum teaches students the fundamentals of engineering and computer science, utilizing advanced robotics equipment and programming languages such as Python. This curriculum offers 12 flexible units of instruction that can be used in sequence, in chunks, or as standalone lessons. Whatever your elementary and middle school STEM education needs may be, the VEX IQ Curriculum is a learning tool that will excite and inspire your students.

College Bound (3rd-5th)
Program design is for upper elementary students who will be introduced to: college related vocabulary, basic college knowledge, career option requirements, financial aid options and scholarships. 

Girls Scouts (K-5th)
The community outreach program is designed to parallel activities that the Girls Scout troops offer with the exception of the cookie sales and the off-campus activities. A variety of topics will be covered throughout the school year including: Social Movements, the Environment, Women Empowerment, Career choices, Health and Wellness, etc.

Dance (K-5th)
Through collaboration with the Youth Services program, we will begin a youth lead dance team that will incorporate drill, cheer, and modern dance. The team will get to showcase their performance at the Beyond the Bell showcase in May and possibly other performances with Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Van Ness Elementary.

YOUTH POLICY INSTITUTE PRESCHOOL

California State Preschool

The California State Preschool Program (CSPP) is the largest state-funded preschool program in the nation.

Our program provides full-day services Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-3:30 pm that provides a core class curriculum that is developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate for the children served. The program also provides meals and snacks to children, parent education, referrals to health and social services for families, and staff development opportunities to employees.

Now accepting enrollment. There are no zip code restrictions.