Visual and Performing Arts

The focus of the Visual and Performing Arts program is to develop a student’s talents and passion for the arts. Students receive specialized studies in dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts. As an integral part of a strong academic program, the Arts are approached through Arts education, integration and exposure.

At the elementary level, the Arts are used as a catalyst for building a collaborative, creative, Arts-infused culture and community. Students receive weekly classes in each of the four arts disciplines, as well as Arts integrated instruction in their grade-based classroom.

Students continuing to the middle and high school program will receive seven consecutive years of rigorous, intensive instruction in the visual and performing arts at a pre-professional level. The program provides flexible, skill-based groupings in the visual and performing arts to address the needs of individual students.

Special Features​​

  • Students receive instruction in dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts
  • Performance opportunities available at all levels
  • Visiting artists and guest speakers
  • Full time band and orchestra classes (K-5)
  • Photography lab and instruction (9-12)
  • Full time piano instruction (6-12)
  • Collaboration with business and community organizations to provide resources and give insight to the skills students need to become successful adults

*Athletic programs and marching band are not offered on Visual & Performing Arts school sites. Students may participate in these activities at their home school (transportation is not provided).

Visual and Performing Arts Schools​​​​

Transportation Zone​​ School (Grade Level)
​Transportation ​Entry Grades ​Entrance Requirements
Blue, Green ​First Ward (K-5) ​Visual and Performing Arts​ ​Neighborhood Stops ​
K-5 ​​​None ​
​​Violet ​​University Park (K-5)
​Blue, Green, Violet ​Northwest School of the Arts (6-12) ​6-12 ​Must complete an audition application and participate in a successful audition or portfolio assessment*


*Audition/Portfolio Assessment​​

A successful audition or portfolio assessment is required for entry to Northwest School of the Arts. This requirement must be completed and the student’s lottery application submitted prior to the applicable lottery deadline. Contact the school directly to arrange an appointment for the audition at 980.343.5500 or click here for more information. The prospective student will audition at the school.