Welcome to the Westmont Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Academy
We welcome all students to our Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Academy! You are invited to find out more about our VAPA Academy, including how to enroll your child for the 2018-2019 school year. We offer a rigorous academic curriculum, with an emphasis on the arts, including our District's only elementary band program. Our instruction includes visual arts, music, theatre, band, and dance. Please visit www.ovsd.org to begin the enrollment process. If you have questions, please feel free to call or visit our office.
In more VAPA news...This fall, Westmont Elementary School became the first elementary school in OVSD to offer a beginning band program for fourth and fifth grade students. With this is mind, Westmont worked collaboratively with Steve Venz, VAPA Coordinator for the Orange County Department of Education, to pursue a funding opportunity from Buchanan Street Partners real estate firm. In April 2017, OVSD proudly learned it was a recipient of a $50,000 Buchanan Music Matters grant. In July, the Board voted unanimously to ratify the Buchanan Music Matters Orange County Music Education Grant and 2017 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from the Buchanan Children’s Charities and the Orange County Community Foundation.
As a recipient of the grant, the District launched the VAPA Academy in fall 2017 and purchased musical instruments (band, strings, and/or guitars) for its first-ever elementary band program, which will expand the school’s existing performing arts offerings, including chorus and theater. Not only do students play these instruments, they receive instruction in basic music reading skills and basic note reading, and learn basic band principles to promote competence, positivity and teamwork.