Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
The mission of the Visual And Performing Arts Department (VAPA) is to provide equal access to quality standards-based arts instruction in all schools in Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts .
State of California defines a balanced, comprehensive arts program as one in which
the arts are studied as discrete disciplines related to each other and,
when appropriate, to other subject areas in the curriculum. Students in a
comprehensive program are expected to master the content of an arts
discipline as outlined in the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards or the Visual and Performing Arts Framework .
Arts disciplines include dance, music, theater, and visual arts.
For each of these disciplines, the standards are broken down by grade
level and are further grouped by strands as follows:
Processing, analyzing, and responding to sensory information through language and skills unique to the discipline.
Creation, performance and participation in the discipline.
Historical and Cultural Context
Understanding historical contributions and cultural dimensions of the discipline.
Responding to, analyzing, and making judgments about works of art.
Connections, Relationships, Applications
Connecting and applying what is learned in the discipline to other art forms and subject areas and to careers.
San Diego Unified School District provides a standards-based sequential
course of study in creative movement and dance from middle school
through high school advanced levels. Students may participate in
school-wide productions and performances, as well as city, state and
national workshops and festivals, and stage, film and television
San Diego Unified School District provides instrumental music standards
based instruction to students fourth through twelfth grade. Elementary
students are offered either pull-out, exploratory or full grade level
programs. Instrumental music instruction at the secondary level is
primarily offered though band and orchestra courses in which students
participate in performances and productions. The district offers honor
bands and orchestras and school ensembles participate in city and area
music festivals. General music instruction is provided for elementary
students and the district's middle and high school choral music
departments offer instruction for vocal ensembles of all levels, general
music and music history.
The San Diego Unified School District provide a standards-based
sequential course of study and instruction in the dramatic arts as well
as technical theatre from he middle school through high school advanced
levels. Theatre students participate in school-wide musicals and plays,
assuming various roles as actor, director, dramaturg, playwright and
technical crew. SDUSD enjoys strong partnerships with the community
providing students with increased opportunity to job shadow and
experience and participate in theatre at a professional level. Students
also perform in city, county, state and national level festivals and
Visual art instruction, including the study and practice of both
traditional media (drawing, painting, and sculpting) and electronic
media (photography, video and film), is offered in middle/junior and
senior high schools throughout the district. Elementary classroom
teachers may provide instruction in visual art or use visual art
activities as support for instruction in other subject areas. The visual
art curriculum is designed to ensure students meet the California State
Content Standards in visual art through studio and art history
San Diego Unified School DistrictVisual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA)
Instructional Media Center
2441 Cardinal Lane
San Diego, CA 92123-3798
(858) 256-2700 – Phone
(858) 256-2708 – Fax