North Valley Arts Academies at PVSchools
About the North Valley Arts Academies at PVSchools
Whether your child is passionate about dance, theater, creative musicianship and music technology or visual arts, PVSchools offers an outlet for your child to express his or her creative passions, with a seamless continuation from elementary school through high school.
PVSchools offers the first fully integrated arts education programs in the Northeast Valley at Desert Cove Elementary School, Shea Middle School and Shadow Mountain High School.
With multiple entry points from 5th to 12th grade, the North Valley Arts Academies at PVSchools offers rigorous academics, plus a fully integrated performing and visual arts program that intensifies as students advance through the program. PVSchools is the first public school district in the Northeast Valley to offer this type of programming to elementary school students.
Desert Cove Elementary School
Beginning in the 5th grade at Desert Cove Elementary School, students will receive daily instruction in one of four signature programs - Dance, Theater, Creative Musicianship and Music Technology, or Visual Arts – in addition to the core curriculum and specialized programs offered at the school. The North Valley Arts Academies at PVSchools classes are taught at Shea Middle School.
Shea Middle School
The program continues at Shea Middle School, where students will receive daily instruction in one of the four signature programs - Dance, Theater, Creative Musicianship and Music Technology, or Visual Arts - in addition to the core curriculum and specialized programs that are offered, including AVID and CORE Knowledge.
The Dance track will help students develop the necessary skills and techniques to be a successful dancer. Students on the Creative Musicianship and Music Technology track will explore the development and production of sound. While students on the Theater track will be exposed to the ins and outs of the theater world. Visual arts students will have the opportunity to learn from visiting artists and will explore cross collaboration between art forms. This middle school program will prepare students for continued success in the high school program.
Shadow Mountain High School
At Shadow Mountain High School, 9th graders who are continuing in an NVAA program will be deeply immersed in their track of choice, in addition to the rigorous core curriculum and specialized programs offered, such as AVID. Students will advance their studies in one of the four focused areas of instruction:
- Visual Arts
- Creative Musicianship and Music Technology
Each area of focus will offer a variety of innovative classes beginning with the level appropriate for students with a preparatory background in the arts.
Interested students must apply to Desert Cove. The application can be accessed here. Parents and students must attend a mandatory workshop after they have applied for the program.
Students must apply and submit a portfolio. Parents and students must attend a mandatory workshop after they have applied for the program. The application can be accessed here.
Prior experience is required. Students must apply, audition and submit a portfolio. The application for can be accessed here.
About Open Enrollment at PVSchoolsAll Arizona students are permitted to attend any public school of their choice — even if the school is outside their district attendance area or outside their district of residence. PVSchools allows students from anywhere in the state to enroll with us.
- Specialized Music and Visual Arts Program
- Program pathway from elementary to middle to high school
- Multiple entry points
- Schools are conveniently located off State Route 51 and Shea Blvd.
- Immersion in your student's creative passion
What our parents say
"I would recommend this program to other parents and students as it offers students an opportunity to strengthen skills in the areas that they are passionate about, because students get to practice and build relationships with others who share their interest daily, and because the program is designed to work across schools and disciplines."
- Robyn Ratcliff, 7th grade parent"Our daughter has been in the dance program at the North Valley Arts Academies this school year. We were so amazed by what the students have learned and were able to express on that stage. All of us are most excited about what's to come... how the program will grow and develop next year and beyond. We would highly recommend this opportunity to any parent of a student with an interest/talent in the arts."
- Tim and Donna Godel, 7th grade parents