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North Valley Arts Academy at Desert Cove

Whether your child is passionate about dance, drama or visual arts, Desert Cove offers an outlet for your child to express his or her creative passions with a seamless continuation from elementary school through high school.


The North Valley Arts Academies at Desert Cove offers rigorous academics for interested students in 5th and 6th grades, plus a concentrated emphasis on performing and visual arts with multiple entry points.


The North Valley Arts Academies at PVSchools offers a truly integrated program with studies offered at Desert Cove Elementary School, Shea Middle School and Shadow Mountain High School.


“Our goal for the newly formed North Valley Arts Academies at PVSchools is to provide a well-rounded education for 5th-12th grade students with a strong emphasis on the performing and visual arts. As the students advance through the program from elementary to middle to high school, the classes become more intensive allowing students to hone their skills in the arts,” said Dr. Keith Preston, director of Fine Arts Education.


Beginning in the 5th grade, students can specialize, receiving daily instruction in one of three signature programs - dance, drama (theater) or visual arts—a unique element to this program. This instruction is in addition to the core curriculum and specialized programs that are offered at Desert Cove, including the self-contained gifted programs.


The classes are taught at Shea Middle School giving students a seamless transition from the elementary to the middle school program.


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Students on the dance track will develop the the necessary skills and techniques to become a successful dancer, including:

  • Ballet, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Hip Hop/Urban and Strength/Conditioning classes
  • Focus on creativity and personal connection to movement and techniques
  • Performance with choreographic techniques


Students on the theater track will learn about the theater world, including:

  • Beginner acting techniques
    -Use of voice and movement
    -Emotional and sensory recall
    -Roleplay and Improv
    -Stage directions and etiquette
    -Pantomime
  • Puppetry
  • Playwriting focused on:

-The nature of conflict
-How setting and time of action affects the plot
-How characters are revealed through dialogue

  • Performing for an audience including stage presence

Visual Arts students will have the opportunity to receive instruction from experienced visiting artists and will explore cross collaboration between art forms. Traditional tools and materials will collide with modern technology as our students explore a variety of mediums, including:

  • Drawing, painting, printing, collage and ceramics. Students will also create public works of art that will become a permanent fixture in their school and community.
  • Programming, Coding, 3D design and 3D printing.