VAHS offers a comprehensive curriculum and has its foundation in serving all learners through differentiated teaching. The core curriculum in grades 9-11 does not track students by ability; instead advanced opportunities are offered through differentiated curriculum within the course. Consequently, VAHS courses do not carry designations such as “Honors” in their title.
Freshmen students are taught by teams of English/Social Studies teachers, in addition to singly scheduled classes in other subjects. Freshmen also participate in mentorship program facilitated by trained staff and upper grade mentors.
VAHS offers 18 AP courses which are open to students in all grade levels; students are not limited on the number of AP courses they may take. Also offered are Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses in both the Biomedical and the Engineering strands. Junior and senior students also have the opportunity to take articulated dual credit courses in select core content areas as well as World Language. Additionally, juniors and seniors have the opportunity for Youth Options through the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison College and Edgewood College.
VAHS also offers a Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP) open to juniors and seniors for a one- or two-year program. This is a cooperative program along with Madison College, the Dane County School Consortium and area employers. Students in the YAP complete their high school diploma, earn college credit and obtain paid work experience in an area of interest to them. Current YAP Areas Include: Automotive Technology, Biotechnology, Finance, Graphic Arts, Printing, Health, Information Technology, Manufacturing Plastics, Production Agriculture, and Tourism.
For the Class of 2016, a total of 22.5 credits are required for graduation, including 4.0 English, 3.0 Social Studies, 2.0 Science, 2.0 Mathematics, 1.5 of Physical Education, 0.5 of Health, and additional elective credits.