The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (LVA) is one of the premier arts magnet schools in the nation. Their award winning programs serve approximately 1,750 students in Clark County, Nevada. Located in the center of the Las Vegas Founders District, LVA serves students from throughout the district in grades 9-12. LVA provides students the opportunity to pursue a conservatory major in the areas of dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. The programs available include band, vocal music, dance, guitar, mariachi, orchestra, photography, piano, studio art, technical theatre, theatre, graphic design, video production, and world jazz studies. LVA is a part of the Clark County School District, and is free for students to attend.
LVA offers students intellectually challenging learning experiences and empowers them with the 21st-century skills and knowledge to compete successfully in the international workplace. LVA is a FIVE-STAR school according to the Nevada School Accountability System and boasts a 100% graduation rate. LVA offers a rigorous Advanced Placement program as well as many dual credit and CTE programs. Eighty percent of its graduating seniors enroll in a post-secondary institution, and last year, over $22 million in scholarships were awarded.
The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts has received national, state, and local accolades, including recognition from the White House and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. LVA has received twelve Grammy Signature School Awards for excellence in music programs and was recognized by the International Network of Performing and Visual Arts Schools as a STAR school. In 2000, the U.S. Department of Education recognized LVA as a New American High School. In 2002, the U.S. Department of Education honored LVA as a U.S. Blue Ribbon School, making it one out of only 17 high schools in the country to have received both prestigious awards. LVA has been designated a School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America. In 2013, LVA received the Outstanding Arts School Award from the Arts Schools Network (ASN), the nation's largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools. Most recently, ASN awarded LVA Exemplary Status 2018-2023 for overall excellence and leadership in arts education. Niche.com awarded LVA an overall A grade.
Welcome to Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, arts and academics focused public magnet school for artistically passionate students in grades 9-12 located in downtown Las Vegas. The State of Nevada classified us as “high achieving” and earned a “Five-Star” ranking under the Nevada School Performance Framework, the highest rank a school can earn, and a testament to the hard work of our teachers and staff who have contributed to this distinction. At LVA, we nurture excellence in arts and academics through a rigorous dual curriculum. Our students must be extremely dedicated and willing to persevere through challenges, failures, opportunities, and successes.
This school is different, and when you set foot on our campus, you will feel it. Each day we create a learning environment united by a passion for the transformative nature of the arts and inspired by opportunities to provide the depth, rigor, and intensity of artistic and academic instruction in preparation for post-secondary opportunities — whether pre-conservatory or university. At LVA, the arts are not an “elective.” They are a core and essential area of study. Students do not just perform or create — they live through their performance or creation. It is their existential voice and way of interacting with the world.
We pride ourselves in our ability to unite many lifestyles and beliefs through a culturally relevant curriculum. We strive to create classrooms where students are alive with collaboration, intellectual discourse and problem-solving. We recognize that our students are unique thinkers and use the arts to harness the diversity of our young thinkers. We are committed to always improving. We strive to become a leading public arts-focused school in the nation. LVA is recognized by US News & World Report and the Arts Schools Network as an exemplary institution. For the past several years, we have graduated 100% of our senior class. We are grateful and proud of the community partnerships supporting our mission.
As Principal, I remain committed to working with all of our students, staff, parents and community to help this school continue to perform at the highest levels by reinforcing our Core Values: The LVA WAY.
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board of directors 2021-2022
President - Maria Bement
1st Vice President - Corrin Douglass
3rd Vice President (Principal) - Scott Walker
Past President - Jarrett Virkler
Secretary - Tammy Peterson
Treasurer - Allison Salmon
Director of Membership - Cori Jo Anderson
Director of Fundraising - Theresa Leeds
Director of Events and Socials - Gabriella Bartlett
Development Director - Brian Downey