Welcome to the Academy of Visual & Performing Arts

  • Here at Booker T. Washington High School it is our desire to open the door to the world of fine arts to our students through dance, instrumental music, theatre, vocal music, and the visual arts.

Calendar and Upcoming Events

Contact Information

  • Ms. A. Burns 
    Academy of the Arts Coordinator

Academy Requirements

  • Enrollment Requirements

    ¨ Rising 9th Grader and transferring Upper Classmen

    ¨ Successfully completed all middle school subjects with an average of C+ or better

    ¨ Minimum cumulative GPA OF 3.0

    ¨ Successfully passed 8th grade SOL’s

    ¨ Maintain 3.0 GPA

    ¨ Continue to pass SOL end of course tests

    ¨ Maintain a 95% or better attendance

    ¨ Maintain a zero discipline record

    ¨ Must have a strong desire to be a part of Performing and Visual Arts

      Enrollment Process

    1. Complete the Application
    2. Complete the admissions Contract
    3. Submit four recommendations
    4. Submit a copy of a recent report card

    Areas of Concentration:

    • Art
    • Dance
    • Theatre Arts
    • Vocal
    • Instrumental-Band and Orchestra
Fine Arts Crest


  • The Academy Is Designed to:

    ¨ Provide Students with a challenging focus on performing arts

    ¨ Provide intensive study in the arts through a  rigorous curriculum and a hands on approach

    ¨ Develop student’s strategic thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills through an intensive interdisciplinary program of study

    ¨ Create Smaller Learning Communities to increase student success

    Program Enhancements

    • Internships
    • Job Shadowing
    • Field Trips, guest speakers and seminars
    • Student Portfolios


    Virginia Stage Company, Virginia Ballet Theatre, Chrysler Hall, WHRO Television, Attucks theatre, Stage Norfolk, Busch Gardens, Alvin Alley Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Norfolk, Norfolk State University, Hampton University, Elizabeth City State University, Old Dominion University, NRHA, local radio stations, Festival of the Arts