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).

Schools

Elementary:

Blue – First Ward | Long Creek (17)

Green – First Ward

Violet – University Park | Long Creek (17)

 

Middle:

Blue – Northwest School of the Arts

Green – Northwest School of the Arts | Crestdale

Violet – Northwest School of the Arts

 

High: 

Blue – Northwest School of the Arts

Green – Northwest School of the Arts

Violet – Northwest School of the Arts

 

Footnotes: 

(1) Wilson Middle serves the Blue Zone and the Violet portion of the West Mecklenburg High feeder pattern.

(2) Students from the home high school boundaries of Ardrey Kell, Harding, Hopewell, Myers Park*, Olympic Community of Schools, South Mecklenburg, West Charlotte and West Mecklenburg will receive transportation to Myers Park Traditional or Quail Hollow. Students from the home high school boundaries of Butler, Hough, East Mecklenburg, Garinger, Independence, Mallard Creek, Rocky River, Myers Park*, North Mecklenburg, Providence and Vance will receive transportation to Elizabeth Traditional or Eastway. *Myers Park High attendance area and Center City magnet feeder residents may apply to either Elizabeth Traditional or Myers Park Traditional.

(3) Coulwood serves the Violet Zone students living in the Hopewell, West Charlotte and the Blue portion of the West Mecklenburg High feeder pattern.

(4) Dorothy J. Vaughan serves the Violet Zone and the Green portions of the Garinger and Rocky River High feeder patterns.

(5) Only TD magnet students have continuation guarantee into middle school IB.

(6) The program is not offered at this level within the applicable transportation zone.

(7) Paw Creek will serve the Violet Zone and the West Mecklenburg High feeder pattern portion of the Blue Zone.

(8) Secondary Montessori begins at 7th grade and will serve through 11th grade for the 2018-19 school year. A new grade will be added annually.

(9) Tuckaseegee will serve the West Mecklenburg High School feeder pattern portion of the Blue Zone.

(10) Governors Village serves all Violet Zone students in grades K-5. In grades 6-8, transportation is provided to students living in the Hough, Mallard Creek, North Mecklenburg, and Vance High.

(11) East Mecklenburg is the IB high school for students whose home high school is Ardey Kell or South Mecklenburg.

(12) Barringer TD and Irwin TD—guarantee to Randolph or Piedmont, based on students residence magnet transportation zone.

(13) Whitewater Middle serves the Violet Zone and the Blue portion of the West Mecklenburg High feeder pattern.

(14) Northeast Middle serves the Butler, East Mecklenburg, Independence, and Providence High feeder patterns.

(15) Northridge Middle serves the Violet Zone and the Green portions of Garringer and Rocky River High feeder patterns.

(16) Language Immersion schools require a Late Entry Assessment after 1st grade.

(17) Long Creek Elementary serves the Violet Zone and the Blue portion of the West Mecklenburg High feeder pattern.

*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.