Visual and Performing Arts
We are excited about your decision to pursue an education integrated with the arts. The
Howard Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts is a new OCPS magnet program opening in
August 2012. This program provides a rigorous academic curriculum for the arts. These courses provide
enhanced opportunities for high school and college preparation. With majors in the Visual Arts and
Performing Arts, students are able to explore exciting classes that include Musical Theatre, Theatre
Design, Theatre Production, Dance, Chorus, Band, Jazz Band, Visual Art, Pottery, Painting, Textile
Arts, Guitar, Orchestra, Music Theory and Composition, Digital Photography, and Digital Video
Production. Optional advanced electives are available for all magnet students as well. Advanced
electives include Aviation with Simulation, Environmental Studies (green, renewable, and sustainable
energies), Forensic Studies, Legal Studies, and Pre-Medical Explorations.
Students will have many opportunities to share their work and talent through various exhibits,
performances, and competitions. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Orlando and near
Lake Eola, Howard Middle School offers beautiful historic facilities for these performances and
exhibitions. If you are interested in developing a deep understanding of the arts in an academically
focused environment for your child, we welcome your child’s application for admission to our magnet
In order to be considered for admission to the Howard Academy for the Visual and
Performing Arts magnet program, each student must complete a magnet application form, available
electronically at http://schoolchoicemagnet.ocps.net. Students will have an opportunity to select the
Visual or Performing Arts major that they are most interested.
Prospective students and their parents are invited to the Howard Academy for the Visual and
Performing Arts Open House on December 8th, 2011 at 5:00pm. Our Open House provides a good
opportunity to obtain an overview of the program and to see firsthand the many accomplishments of our
students. Please consider staying to attend our Performance of “Annie Jr.” at 7:00pm.
Beginning a middle school career is an important decision for one’s academic future. The
Howard Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts offers one of the best middle school experiences
available. We look forward to introducing you to our magnet program and our school.
Dr. Carl Cartwright
Howard Academy for the Visual and
Students in the Academy will choose a Visual Arts or Performing Arts major. In some
circumstances, students may choose to participate in more than one major.
The Visual Arts major is an innovative and rigorous program for students who are interested in
pursuing the visual arts in high school and college or for students who wish to increase their
creative and critical thinking skills. Students choosing this major will hone their skills in studio
areas such as drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, and digital
media. Students will learn the art critique process, investigate art careers, and study art
history and aesthetics.
The Performing Arts major is a rigorous program for students who are interested in pursuing
vocal or instrumental music in high school and college or for students who wish to increase
their creative and critical thinking skills. Students do not need prior musical experience to
participate. Students will develop their musical performance ability through Chorus, Band,
Guitar, Strings, Jazz Band, and Music Theatre. Students will explore music theory and
• GPA 2.5
• Ability to accommodate all required magnet classes
• Signed Terms of Agreement for Enrollment form
• Excellent conduct and citizenship
Student Expectations (both majors)
• Academy students are expected to earn and maintain A's and B's in all courses
• Academy students are expected to maintain excellent citizenship and behavior
• Academy students are expected to participate in competitions, festivals, and/or
• Students are expected to exit the academy prepared for high school magnet entrance
• Academy students are expected to enroll in all advanced classes
• Academy students are expected to enroll in at least two Arts Academy Courses in their
major each year (Some exceptions apply)
Academy Courses Why an Arts-Focused Education?
10 Lessons the Arts Teach:
Academy Courses 1. The arts teach children to make good judgments
about qualitative relationships.
• Beginning Band Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct
• Concert Band answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment
• Ranger Band (Symphonic) rather than rules that prevail.
2. The arts teach children that problems can have
• Jazz Band
more than one solution.
• Beginning String Orchestra and that questions can have more than one answer.
• Intermediate String Orchestra 3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
• Advanced String Orchestra One of their large lessons is that there are many
• Guitar ways to see and interpret the world.
• Beginning Chorus (Girls Only) 4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of
• Ranger Chorus (Girls Only) problem solving, purposes are seldom fixed but
• Boy's Chorus (6th, 7th, 8th) change with circumstance and opportunity.
• Musical Theatre Learning in the arts requires the ability and a
• Music Theory/Composition willingness to surrender to the unanticipated
• Dance possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
• Theatre Design 5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words
in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what
• Theatre Production
we can know.
The limits of our language do not define the limits
Visual Arts of our cognition.
Academy Courses 6. The arts teach students that small differences can
have large effects.
• Beginning Art The arts traffic in subtleties.
• Digital Media (Video) 7. The arts teach students to think through and
• Digital Photography within a material.
• Advanced Art All art forms employ some means through which
• Drawing images become real.
• Painting 8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot
• Sculpture be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work
of art helps them feel, they must reach into their
• Textile Art poetic capacities to find the words that will do the
Optional Advanced job.
Academy Elective Courses 9. The arts enable us to have experience we can
(May be taken in addition to the required have from no other source.
Academy courses) and through such experience to discover the range
and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
10. The arts' position in the school curriculum
• Aviation with Simulation
symbolizes to the young what adults believe is
• Environmental Studies (Focusing on Green, important.
Renewable, and Sustainable Energies)
• Forensic Studies SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In
Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale
• Legal Studies University Press. Available from NAEA Publications. Reprinted with
• Pre-Medical Explorations permission.
HOWARD ACADEMY FOR THE
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
Howard Middle School Auditorium
HMS Magnet Open House - 5pm to 7pm
“Annie Jr.” - 7pm
”Annie Jr.” - 7pm
Come to Open House and see an overview of the Howard Academy for the
Visual and Performing Arts program as well as a first hand look at the many
accomplishments of our students.
Tickets to “Annie Jr.” - $5.00 at the door
Music by: Charles Strouse
Written by: Thomas Meehan
Directors: Aaron Penfield and Robin Olson
Choreographer: Candice Kozinski
Annie Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI
Howard Middle School Lee Ramsey
Orange County Public Schools 407-245-1780 X5092303
800 East Robinson Street firstname.lastname@example.org
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-245-1780 Clinton McCracken
Fax: 407-245-1785 Academy Coordinator
www.howard.ocps.net 407-245-1780 X5092305
Dr. Carl Cartwright To apply go to: schoolchoicemagnet.ocps.net
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