Application Process

2020-2021 Academy Applications are now closed!

All applicants will be notified no later than Friday, May 22, 2020.

All academy applications are now closed.


Application Process

Students interested in Academies should meet with their guidance counselor to find out more information. Additional information can be found by clicking the links to the left.

Academy of Visual and Performing Arts Grade 9 Application Criteria 

  • APPLICATION: The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts team welcomes all interested students to apply. Applicants shall complete the online application with a parent/guardian. Applications will require a brief essay describing the applicant's interest in the arts and a  recommendation from the applicant's visual art, theatre, or music teacher. 
  • AUDITION: The audition is a major component of academy admission. Once the application is complete, students will be directed to a web link that contains all necessary audition materials. Viable applicants will be contacted in April with an audition date and time. Applicants are briefly interviewed prior to the audition, and the audition is then scored by the AVPA team. 
    • Audition Dates: 
      • Chorus/Theatre: April 29th - May 1
      • Visual Art-: April 29th - May 1
      • Instrumental Music: May 5 - May 7
  • NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance on or before May 22, 2020

Students entering Grade 10 for the 2019-2020 school year who are interested in applying may contact Colleen Gill at cmgill@smcps.org for additional information.

Due to programming requirements and course sequence, students entering Grade 11 and 12  school year are not eligible to apply for the academy.

The following resources are only available to students who are logged into their SMCPS Gmail accounts

VISUAL ARTS APPLICANTS PORTFOLIO OVERVIEW