Application Process

The 2021-2022 Academic Academies Application process is now open! Apply now!

Apply to our academic academies

Please read the following terms and conditions regarding the 2021-2022 Pathways Application process.

  • All online applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday,  May 7, 2021.  No applications will be accepted after that date.  There will be NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance status via the contact email address provided on this application by Friday, May 21, 2021. Please make sure your email address is valid and can accept messages from an SMCPS address.
  • Please direct any questions regarding this application process to your school counselor. You may also email or call 301-475-5511 ext. 32104.


Recommending parties please use this form.

form to recommend a student for an academy

All applicants must have at least ONE recommendation on file.

Current STEM 5 and STEM 8 students do not need a teacher recommendation to continue in STEM. Current STEM 8 students need teacher recommendations to complete their applications to all other academy programs. 

Requesting a Recommendation

Applicants are responsible for providing the recommending party with a "Academies & Pathways Recommendation Request" form. Please print & fill out the form, and give it to your recommending teacher when you ask them for their recommendation. It has information they will need.

Copies of this form are available from your guidance counselor or this link:

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


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.