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Academy Applications Info

If you are new to SMCPS, please contact Colleen Gill at cmgill@smcps.org to learn more about applying for academy programs.

Application Information

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 recommendation from a visual art, theatre, or music teacher is required. 

The audition component is the major factor for academy admission. Auditions will take place on May 13th and 14th. Once your application is complete, you will be directed to a web link that contains all necessary audition materials. Applicants are briefly interviewed prior to the audition, and the audition is then scored by the AVPA team. 

About us

This academy supports our population of talented youth who excel in the Arts. Students participating in the AVPA will have a choice of one of three areas of focus: music, theatre, or visual arts.  The AVPA is housed at Chopticon High School. Follow on Twitter @ChopticonAVPA

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An education in the arts can enhance academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and teamwork.  It can also improve a child’s confidence, motivation, and concentration.  Participation in a strong arts program provides not only the opportunity to understand and appreciate the dedication needed to find success as a performer or artist but also develops cultural citizens who are creative thinkers and problem solvers.  The development of these skills will help today’s graduates to be successful no matter their chosen field of study.   

The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA), housed at Chopticon High School, is a pathway that strives to support our population of talented youth who excel in the arts.  AVPA meets the needs of our highly abled arts-inspired youth who exhibit desire and motivation to pursue higher levels of achievement and learning in the arts.  Students participating in the AVPA will have a choice of one of three areas of focus: music, theatre, or visual arts.   

Find out more with our informational brochure.