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Academy of Visual & Performing Arts (AVPA)

  • AVPA is for students who wish to develop a passion for learning through exploration, creation and immersion in the arts.

    In addition to a rigorous experience within EHS visual and performing arts courses, students receive intensive exposure to professional artists through an arts lecture series, hands-on workshops and field trips. The internship and capstone courses offer AVPA students immersion into relevant, real-world arts settings.

    Students who wish to obtain the AVPA endorsement on their EHS diploma may sign up at any time during their high school career, however it is recommended to sign up at the end of 9th grade.


    AVPA Internship

    Course Number F427 .5 Fine Arts credit Grades 11-12

    The first phase of this course involves a 20-hour pre-employment skills course. The curriculum includes interactive student activities, site visits with businesses, and classroom presentations by professionals and employers. Students learn soft job skills and prepare to be successful at an internship.

    The next phase includes a 40-hour internship with a local business where students gain real world experience and learn hard skills. Instructors track and support students throughout both phases of the course. The internship phase necessitates time and transportation outside of the school day. Students typically take this course in 11th grade.

    Required for the AVPA endorsement.


Endorsement Requirements

    • Enroll in an AVPA advisory.
    • Create an AVPA electronic portfolio.
    • Earn at least three credits in visual and performing arts courses.
    • Complete the AVPA Internship Course, usually during 11th grade.
    • Complete the AVPA Capstone Project during 12th grade.
    • Earn 30 Experiential Learning Opportunity (ELO) points by particpating in AVPA field trips, Guest Artist workshops, and other advisor-approved ELOs.



    AVPA Capstone project

    Course Number F428 .5 Fine Arts credit Grade 12

    This course actively engages students in the learning process by facilitating student-designed projects. This process allows students to learn about themselves and strengthen their organizational skills by moving an idea or dream toward a topic of interest, a post EHS application and/or a community need. It synthesizes previous learning, offers new interactions with ideas and people, results in a showcased product, and submits the student in charge of the project to a review and evaluation by a community panel. The work culminates in a formal presentation to the community. Students are expected to spend at least 40 hours of work on their capstone project.

    Required for the AVPA endorsement.


  • Enrollment

    Students interested in AVPA should enroll in a visual or performing arts course as soon as possible. These courses are:

    • Art 1
    • Photo 1
    • Clay 1
    • Media Communications
    • Movie Production 1
    • Theater 1
    • Improv
    • Dance: Inclusion Fusion
    • Advance Dance Studio
    • Chorus
    • Symphonic Band
    • Orchestra
    • Film Appreciation.

    Visual and performing arts teachers can help students with course selection and provide recommendations within a certain area of focus.

    Visit the Program of Studies and search for courses to get complete class descriptions.