North Valley Arts Academies at PVSchools

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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.

What's offered at the North Valley Arts Academies at PVSchools

Dance - Take center stage

The North Valley Arts Academies (NVAA) Dance Track provides your child with the essential skills and techniques to become a successful dancer. In the early years of the program, students will learn the methodology for popular dance styles such as ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance, and learn about choreography and creativity. In later years, your child will progress on to advanced and complex dance techniques, production, the history of dance and more. If your child possesses a love of movement, the NVAA Dance Track is ideal for honing their skills and propelling him or her onto a successful dance career.

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Theater - Steal the scene

Does your child have a desire to tread the boards of Broadway? The NVAA Theater Track can set your child on the path to realize that dream. Elementary students begin their journey learning fundamental performance and storytelling skills such as role-play, puppetry, playwriting and performance, before moving on to advanced acting techniques, design, theater history, direction, improv and musical theater in higher grades. The road to the opening night may be a difficult one, but your child will learn the skills and gain the confidence to become a future showstopper.

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Music Technology – Hit the high notes

Students of the NVAA Creative Musicianship and Music Technology Program explore the development and production of sound in a progressively more rigorous curriculum to gain the skills to work in the music production industry. Students collaborate with other NVAA programs in projects such as mixing and operating microphones for theater, as well as creating music to accompany various dance and visual art projects. If that sounds like music to your ears, apply now.

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Visual Arts – Craft an exceptional talent

Traditional tools and modern technology collide in the NVAA Visual Arts Program as students explore the vast array of artistic media, coding, web design, photography and more. As your child progresses through the grades, he or she will narrow the scope of their work, specializing and refining their techniques, with the goal of creating students looking to excel in an art-related career.

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    Further Information for the North Valley Arts Academies at PVSchools

  • Key Program Features & Benefits

    • 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
  • NVAA Requirements

    Desert Cove

    Parents and students must attend a mandatory workshop after they have applied for the program.

    Shea

    Students must apply and submit a portfolio. Parents and students must attend a mandatory workshop after they have applied for the program.

    Shadow Mountain

    Prior experience is required. Students must apply, audition and submit a portfolio.

  • About Open Enrollment at PVSchools 

    All 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.

    Learn more about open enrollment.

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