Vision Statement

Transforming lives through the arts.

Mission Statement

San Diego Unified School District will promote artistic literacy, innovation, creativity, and excellence in the arts by providing a high quality, sequential, TK-12 arts experience for all students. By implementing district policies that support and sustain the arts as a core subject, the Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) will support the highest quality arts education in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, providing services in curriculum and instruction, professional development and community collaboration.

Guiding Principles

  • All students have equitable access to arts education
  • We find strength in diversity

Please visit our main SDUSD VAPA Department page for more information on:

  • The Visual and Performing Arts Strategic Plan 2016-2021
  • The VAPA Advisory Council
  • The Arts Education Project
  • Learning Through the Arts
  • VAPA Focus Schools

Photo below courtesy Stuart Holmes Photography Copyright 2013

Group study