Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVAPA)

The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVAPA) at Garland High School provides students with a semi-professional and early collegiate education and experience in their chosen disciplines. Students graduating with an AVAPA Diploma will have successfully completed course work and performance requirements that will prepare them for success beyond high school whether it be university or employment.

Using student-centered learning strategies, meaningful relationships with AVAPA faculty and experiences with successful professionals, Academy students are guaranteed one of the finest educations in the state.  Accommodating International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), Honors, or On-Level, all AVAPA students will receive rigorous, well-rounded instruction.

Areas of study

AVAPA offers diplomas in the following areas of study:

  • Choral Music Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Instrumental Music Studies – Band
  • Instrumental Music Studies – Guitar
  • Instrumental Music Studies – Orchestra
  • Instrumental Music Studies – Piano
  • Theatre Studies – Performance
  • Theatre Studies - Technical
  • Visual Arts Studies

Contact us

Ask a magnet question

For more information, contact:
Magnet programs

or contact the participating school:
Garland High School - Academy of Visual and Performing Arts page

Timothy Schmidt
GHS Magnet Advisor Industry Liaison
972-494-8492 Ext 60067

How to apply

See Applying to the Academy for online applications and audition requirements.

See the Application Process page for important dates.