Verona Area International School Holds FIRST EVER Graduation

Verona Area International School Holds FIRST EVER Graduation
Posted on 06/10/2015
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Verona Area International School Celebrates FIRST EVER 5th Grade Graduation

School teaches in Chinese for ½ day, English other ½ of day

The Verona Area School District is excited to share that its newest charter school, the Verona Area International School (VAIS), is preparing for its FIRST EVER graduating class of 5th graders as seven students will walk the stage.

A special graduation ceremony was held for this inaugural group of students who have literally assisted in growing the school’s success, and preparing the school for the students following in their footsteps. 

VAIS graduates

VAIS is the FIRST AND ONLY Chinese immersion public school in the state. It opened its doors on September 2, 2010 with about 22 students and now has 94 students. VAIS is a K-5 public charter school housed in Stoner Prairie Elementary and Savanna Oaks Middle Schools. It shares services with both buildings, including guidance counseling, food service and other educational support services.

VAIS follows a 50/50 model where students spend half their educational time learning in English and the other half learning in Chinese. Children are not taught Chinese as a subject by itself; rather students acquire the language while being immersed in content area instruction in specific subjects such as mathematics, science and Chinese language arts.

The mission of the Verona Area International School (VAIS) is to prepare children for the world by providing the knowledge, skills and experience needed to move naturally between different languages and cultures. VAIS engages students as global citizens, and learners who make the global community the focus of meaningful study. The curriculum blends the best educational practices of two cultures, the East and the West, in terms of language, culture, and teaching methods. During Western time, students learn in the English language with a child-centered Western approach. During Eastern instruction, students learn in Mandarin Chinese with methodologies adapted and purposefully chosen from the best knowledge-centered instructional practices of the East. This blending allows children to move fluidly between different cultures, languages, customs and educational philosophies as part of their school experience.

Students do a dance to Chinese music for parents...
graduates dance
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