Fine Arts Academy

Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts

The Visual and Performing Arts Academy is a rigorous program in a variety of fine arts disciplines. Through the Academy experience, the whole student is immersed in a curriculum that integrates the visual and performing arts along with a data-driven, intellectual and creative learning environment.
               *Q & A Session on January 17 at 6:00 PM  - Houston High School* 

Students in the program are required to complete:
  • 4 Fine Arts Credits by the time of graduation 
  • 1 Humanities Honors Credit
  • Community Service Hours
  • Fine Arts Practicum or Internship Experience
Assistant Band Director: Della Coleman
Band Director: Matt Taylor  
Orchestra Director: Long Long Kang 
Vocal Music Director: Dr. William Rayburn
Visual Art: Bobby Spillman
Visual Art: Amanda Schulter
Theatre: Kell Gary
Media Art: John Hamilton 

Admission Requirements

Documents Required for Online Application

Current GMSD students:

Non-GMSD students:
  • PDF copy of applicant’s transcript
  • Two letters of teacher recommendation (one from a fine arts teacher and one from a general education teacher)
  • If applying for an audition in Theater Arts/Television/Film Production a Performance/Production Resume and an optional Theatrical Headshot
  • If applying for an adjudication in Visual Arts five digital images of recent works or art in varying mediums (still life, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, sculpture, and painting)
  • Complete the Open Enrollment application process if accepted
Click here to access the online application.

Questions and Answers

Q: Who do you send your teacher recommendations to?
A: Mr. Cherry - Principal HHS
Q: If I am a transfer student, do I need to apply for open enrollment?
A: Transfer students need to apply for open enrollment after applying for the academy.  Students will be notified of acceptance into the Visual and Performing Arts Academy before Open Enrollment begins.
Q: If we want to perform in HHS theatre productions, do we have to take theatre classes?
A: No, productions are after school and open to all HHS students.
Q: Can you switch fine arts programs after one year?
A: Yes, you will have to meet audition requirements for the program you are transfering into.
Q: If I am a current 8th grade GMSD (resident) student, do I have to apply to the academy to be in the visual art honors program?
A: No, the high school teachers will perform portfolio reviews for current HMS and RES students simular to last year. 
Q: What is the advantage of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy?  
A: Leadership opportunities, community service, honors recognition, and small cohort engagement.
Q: Can I apply to multiple academies?
A: Yes, you can apply for the Visual and Performing Arts Academy, Honors Academy, and Leadership Academy.  However, we encourage you to choose one academy to focus your time.
Q: If I am a current Houston High School student, can I be grandfathered into the program?
A: Yes, talk to your current fine arts teacher for details.
Q: Is there only one humanities class?
A:  There is only one Honors Humanities class offered by Houston High School.
Q: Do I have to take the Honors Humanities class if I am grandfathered in next year?
A: Rising seniors may be exempt from the class next year.
For subject specific questions, you can contact the teachers below:
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