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Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA)

SMCPS Academy Applications are now open!

Please use this link to apply for AVPA, GIS, and STEM programming. 

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Applying Students!

Remember, you will need a teacher to submit a teacher input form! You can email or print and give this form to your teacher to help them get started.

Teacher Input

AVPA Applicants

  • APPLICATION: Applicants will complete the online application with a parent/guardian. Applicants will also include a brief essay describing interest in the arts, and a teacher input form from a visual art, theatre/ELA, or music teacher is required. 
  • INTERVIEW/WORKSHOP: This component is a major factor for academy admission. During the interview, the AVPA team will discuss with applicants their audition/portfolio of work. Interviews will take place at Chopticon High School by appointment between May 5 and May 16, 2024.
  • AUDITION/PORTFOLIO: Once your application is complete, you will be directed to a web link that contains all necessary audition/portfolio materials. The audition/portfolio will be scored by the AVPA team. 

Application Process

Access the online application form in the Application Information tab.

Each Application will be reviewed by an admissions team comprised of educators and administrators who will, in turn, make acceptance recommendations to the program supervisor. Candidates will be evaluated based on their past academic performance, dedication to learning, and their desire to be successful in the AVPA program.

Admission Criteria

  • Teacher Input Form
  • Interview
  • Audition (Music & Theatre)
  • Portfolio Presentation (Visual Arts)
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