Local Leaders Today - Global Leaders Tomorrow!

At VACDES, the teachers and staff are proud of the school's historic presence in the school's neighborhood. At the same time, the school embraces the challenge of preparing students for the world of the mid-21st Century--and beyond.

We are a staff dedicated to helping each student grow to her or his maximum potential academically, physically, emotionally, and socially to meet local and global challenges both now and in the future. We are the Little Judges striving to graduate as a Handley Judge. We have high expectations for our students and staff. We want students to be here every single day and learn the most they can. Our students are true leaders and we want them to feel like they have the ability to change the world, because they do!

VACDES is excited to be a Dual Language and Global Education School. Through our Dual Immersion program, students are taught 50% of the time in Spanish and 50% of the time in English. The goal is that, by the time they leave us at the end of 4th grade, the students in the Dual Immersion program will read, write, speak, and listen in two languages: English and Spanish. For the 2022-23 school year, we will have a Dual Language in grades and K, 1, 2, and 3. Next year we will have all grades through the fourth grade as dual language.

As a Global Education School, students make connections between the core content and cultures, geography, and people across the world. Our goal is to build understanding of the diversity of our world and to promote responsiveness to global challenges and successes.

We are proud to host the Winchester Public Schools ACE program which is open to all 3rd and 4th grade students in the division who have been found eligible for gifted education services. Teachers certified in gifted education provide instruction that fosters innovative, higher level thinking connecting content in science and social studies to what students are learning in English/Language Arts and Mathematics.