VPS is the host district for the Fir Grove/Vista countywide day treatment program for students in first through 12th grades with severe emotional and/or behavioral disabilities. Working in cooperation with community mental health professionals, students receive a structured academic and mental health experience.
Respectful, trustworthy, responsible, citizenship, fairness and caring are the program’s guiding principles in supporting students in becoming Falcon Strong and self-directed learners.
The building that houses Fir Grove/Vista was originally built in 1955 as a Seventh Day Adventist school. When they later vacated the building, Vancouver Public Schools began renting it in 1990 to house a dedicated program for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. The program, Fir Grove/Vista, filled a gap in services for students who needed more than traditional special education support and less than residential treatment. The program, which featured innovative mental health partnerships, became a model for school districts in Oregon and Washington. VPS purchased the building in 1995.
Currently, VPS is planning to replace the 1950s-era building with a new school that will be designed to fit the unique needs of our students and staff members. We are looking forward to participating in the planning phase of our proposed school this fall. VPS will consider putting a bond measure before voters in February 2017 to pay for new construction and facility needs throughout the district.