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Students Enrolled in VAPA Courses: 19,738

Vision Statement

Empowering each student to think creatively, work creatively, live creatively.

Policy Statement

The Board of Trustees recognizes that by studying visual and performing arts, students learn to develop initiative, discipline, perceptual abilities and critical creative thinking skills that extend to all areas of life. The Board believes that a comprehensive arts education program shall be an integral part of the core curriculum offered to all students in all grades.

The Board of Trustees further recognizes that weekly instructional time, credentialed staff, community arts resources, facilities, supplies, and curriculum materials are all necessary to implement a quality arts program.


SUHSD Arts Education Strategic Plan:
Art Education Strategic Plan & Curriculum

Articulation with Content Standards for California Public Schools and Community arts Resources

The K-12 arts education should enable students to achieve the goals outlined in the “Visual and Performing Arts Framework for California Public Schools,” which include the “Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards.” The district’s comprehensive arts education program shall include a written, sequential, standards-based curriculum in dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Students shall have the opportunity to continually improve artistic skills, create and/or perform original works, acquire and appreciation of arts from many eras and cultures, develop an intellectual basis for making aesthetic judgments, and connect and apply what is learned in the arts to other art forms, all subject areas and career. Additionally, students will acquire prerequisite skills to pursue post secondary coursework.

In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall coordinate and implement the integration of community arts resources into the school program. Students shall have opportunities to attend art exhibits, media arts presentations, musicals, theatrical, and dance performances. Community partnerships will be developed to provide opportunities for students to intern with accomplished artists, and to promote student awareness of various careers offered in the arts or entertainment business world.

Superintendent to Develop Regulations

The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures to implement Board policies and provide for the on-going review, evaluation and development of the District’s arts education program plan.

Instructional Support for a Comprehensive Standards-Based Arts Program

The Board acknowledges the importance of ongoing visual and performing arts standards-based professional development for teachers and administrators. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that certificated staff has opportunities to become knowledgeable about curriculum developments and strategies for delivering a comprehensive arts program to students.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all students have access to sufficient instructional materials, equipment, and facilities to support a balanced quality arts education through the development of a budget plan; the program shall be adapted to meet the unique needs of each school site.

William A. Virchis Biography

Non-Discrimination Statement

“Sweetwater Union High School District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on age, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information, sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.”

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