John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy

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Meet the Principal


Dear VHA Family and Friends,


We are honored and excited to begin this great school year together with you.  I am honored to return this year as your principal and I look forward each day to strengthening the relationships that we have begun building with all of our students, families, teachers, and talented staff.  While we have always eagerly anticipated the beginning of the school year, this September is particularly meaningful because we will welcome many opportunities to celebrate our many successes. This year at Vanderpoel we are #betterthanever.


Our mission is to value all stakeholder’s voices, align all resources to sustain the school’s focus on global humanity, and pursue academic excellence for all committed to life-long learning.


We will provide an environment where all students can achieve to their maximum potential. We want Vanderpoel students to leave us with a wealth of knowledge and experiences that equip them with the tools necessary to compete and be successful within the global society. Beyond the rigors of their academic program, it is our aim to instill within each student the essential principles of life, learning, and leadership.


High expectations will be maintained while also providing a safe and nurturing student-centered community that fosters respect for individual differences.  At Vanderpoel, we will strive to make the learning process a positive and rewarding experience while maintaining a desire to develop a generation of inquisitive young people who will become lifelong learners in their various pursuits of excellence. 


We are also very excited about working with the active and involved parents and partners that help to make VHA a wonderful place for our students to learn and grow.  We hope you will visit or website often and provide feedback on how we can continue to grow and achieve the Standards of Excellence.


Please know that we are always available to discuss any questions or concerns related to serving you.



Educationally yours, 


Kia Banks