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Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) High School Program



LOCATIONS: The Jim Henson Academy For The Visual and Performing Arts at Northwestern HIgh School (North County), The Center for Visual and Performing Arts at Suitland High School (South County)

Department of Creative and Performing Arts
Thomas Claggett Teacher Leadership Center
2001 Addison Road S
District Heights, MD 20747

WEBSITE:  Creative Arts

TRANSPORTATION: Transportation is provided for in-boundary students.


The Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) program is designed to develop the interests and talents of students in the arts and enhance the academic discipline through an interdisciplinary approach. This interdisciplinary approach stresses creativity,  artistic expression, self-discipline, critical thinking skills,  and an appreciation for cultural diversity.

Program Features

  • Superior ratings at district and state level performance assessments
  • Students earn more than $8 million dollars in scholarships
  • Adjunct faculty provide private and small group applied lessons

Choose this program if your child...

  • Demonstrates skills in Dance, Media Arts, Music,Theatre, and Visual Art
  • Is interested in a career in the Arts


Who can apply

Students entering Grades 9-10 must audition.

When to apply

Apply during the annual Specialty Program application window: October 1, 2021 - December 10, 2022.


Specialty Programs Application