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Classroom Information - Click here to access various classroom pages for the AVPA.

An education in the Arts can enhance academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and teamwork. It can also improve a child’s confidence, motivation, and concentration. Participation in a strong Arts program provides not only the opportunity to understand and appreciate the dedication needed to find success as a performer or artist, but also develops cultural citizens who are creative thinkers and problem solvers. The development of these skills will help today’s graduates to be successful no matter their chosen field of study.

The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA), housed at Chopticon High School, is a pathway that strives to support our population of talented youth who excel in the Arts. AVPA meets the needs of our highly abled arts-inspired youth who exhibit desire and motivation to pursue higher levels of achievement and learning in the Arts. Students participating in the AVPA will have a choice of one of four areas of focus: dance, music, theatre, or visual arts.


For more information, please click here for the brochure or contact Ms. Shelly McDaniel, Chopticon Program Coordinator at 301-475-0215 ext. 38116, Ms Denise Mandis Supervisor of Instruction, St. Mary's County Public Schools at 301-475-5511 ext. 32246.




   AVPA Seminar Trip to the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art


assemblage 1
Assemblage in Black #1, 80"x 47" in the style of 20th Century American Sculptor Louise Nevelson by Sculpture I Class using 100% recycled materials (foam core, cardboard, rope, wicker and found objects).  Each box was created by a student and had to include common elements to form a cohesive sculpture.



AVPA check presentation 19 december 2014 for web


Thanks to the generous efforts of a group of Chopticon parents who are dedicated to supporting the arts, Mr. Rand Eller presented a check to several of Chopticon's performing arts students to support the new Academy of Visual and Performing Arts.  Pictured above (l-r) Mr. Rand Eller, Mr. Garth Bowling, Ms. Shelly McDaniel, Monica Eller, Mr. Terry Mumau, Shane Rickett, and Luke Randall.


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