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VACDES: Proudly Building on the Past to Prepare Students for the Future

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.


VACDES is excited to be a Dual Language and Global Education School. Through our Dual Immersion program, students whose parents choose to have them in the program 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. As a Global Education School, students make connections between the core Standards of Learning curriculum 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 differentiated content in science and social studies to what students are learning in English/Language Arts and mathematics.


Parent and family involvement are valued at VACDES. An incredible PTO provides support throughout the year through enriching programs.


VACDES is a treasure--for Winchester, our state, our nation, and our world. We welcome all in our school community to our dynamic, creative, and innovative school.