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Arts Education Project

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In the Arts Education Project (AEP), specially trained visiting teachers provide visual and performing arts lessons while elementary full grade-level teams are released for a three-hour block of collaborative time or PLCs. Students in AEP schools are given rotating arts instruction in three of the four arts disciplines: dance, music, theatre or visual art. Sequential, standards-based arts lessons have been written by VAPA resource teachers, who also train the visiting arts teachers on those lessons. Typically AEP provides nine lessons, approximately one per month, for every classroom. An eighteen-lesson program is also available.

AEP ran as a pilot project operating in six schools in 2016-2017; the program increased to 14 schools in 2017-2018, 24 schools in 2018-2019, and 30 schools in 2019-2020. The program was postponed during online learning in 2020-2021. For more information about AEP in the current school year, including lessons, cycle schedules, and visiting teacher bios, please visit our AEP website.


Program description for AEP

Prices for AEP

Below: kindergarten theatre class Below: 4th grade dance class

Kindergarten theatre class 4th Grade dance class

Below: kindergarten visual art class

Kindergarten Visual Arts class


Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) 
Tim Benson, Program Manager

Administrative Offices
Revere Center
6735 Gifford Way
San Diego CA 92111


Curricular Materials & Instruments
Instructional Media Center
2441 Cardinal Lane
San Diego CA 92123