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Dance and Visual Arts Education Programs

Gifted Dance Education Program

The Gifted Dance Education Program is a pull-out model for identified students in grades three through eight and is housed at Old Donation School. Admission into the program is determined through an application process. Dance students participate in a innovative curriculum which emphasizes skill development, dance history, appreciation and creativity.

Gifted Visual Arts Program

Identified third through fifth grade students may participate in the Gifted Visual Arts Program housed at Old Donation School. Admission into this one day per week pull-out program is determined through an application and audition process. Instruction in the program challenges students gifted in the visual arts. The curriculum integrates art history, criticism, aesthetic perception, creativity, theory, and skill development, as well as components from the core curriculum of knowledge.

All sixth through eighth grade students identified as gifted in visual arts and who wish to participate in the Gifted Visual Arts Program attend Virginia Beach Middle School as a full-time student. In grades six through eight, the Gifted Visual Arts Program is incorporated within the middle school daily schedule. Gifted Visual Arts Program student schedules integrate a zero bell to provide time for visual arts and another elective during the student’s middle school day. Sixth and seventh graders have health and physical education scheduled during the zero bell; eighth graders have art studio. Transportation to Virginia Beach Middle School is provided for all students attending the Gifted Visual Arts Program.