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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts?

AVPA is a special program for students with an enriched focus in the area of Fine Arts. Students selected into the AVPA may choose to focus on Visual Arts or Performing Arts. 

What grade levels will be included in the AVPA?

AVPA includes classes in grades 9-12.

Who can apply for AVPA?

All SMCPS 8th and 9th grade students are eligible to apply for AVPA. Students not currently enrolled in SMCPS but who are planning to attend an SMCPS high school are also welcome to apply for acceptance into 9th or 10th grade. Applicants typically have a strong interest and an established skillset in their intended pathway (visual art, band, chorus, orchestra, or theatre). Each grade level cohort has a maximum capacity of 48 students representing all pathways.

Will transportation be provided?

Academy students are invited to use a hub bus transportation system. AVPA students are transported from hub stops across the county to and from Chopticon each day. Detailed transportation information can be found on the Transportation page of the SMCPS website. Parents may also choose to transport their children to and from CHS if that is more convenient.

When will the selection of students for AVPA be made?

Please see specific application information on the main AVPA page.

What about school-based extracurricular activities such as sports, dances, intramurals, clubs, and civic/service groups?

AVPA students are members of the Chopticon High School community. They have the same access to extracurricular activities as all other Chopticon High School students. AVPA students are strongly encouraged to participate in CHS's theatre program.

Are special education students eligible to apply to the AVPA program?

Yes, all students are eligible to apply to the AVPA.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions about the AVPA  programs?

Please contact Ms. Colleen Gill at cmgill@smcps.org if you have additional questions.