• About the Program

    The Academy of the Arts and S.T.E.A.M. Program is designed to provide students with in-depth exposure to the arts (dance, art, vocal, theatre arts, instrumental and multimedia) through a rigorous, challenging curriculum that will meet the academic, leadership and artistic needs of high school students.  Program students are provided opportunities to develop their strategic thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills through an intensive interdisciplinary program of study.

  • Students in Action
  • Academy Faculty
  • Visual Arts Classes at a Glance
  • Performing Arts Classes at a Glance
  • Requirements

    BTW bandGeneral Requirements (All high school programs)

    • Rising 9th grader and City of Norfolk resident
    • Positive attendance and discipline history*
    • Strong standardized test scores (must pass all 7th grade SOLs to be considered)
    • At least two positive teacher recommendations (Math, English, and one other. For IB Programme applicants, the 3rd must be a world languages teacher)
    • School counselor recommendation

    *Extenuating circumstances may be considered. The application includes space for explanations of extenuating circumstances, as needed.

    Program-Specific Requirements

    • Minimum “B” average in 7th grade and first two quarters of 8th grade required
    • Audition/Portfolio and essay (invitations for qualifying students will be sent after the initial online application is reviewed)