VAPA Foundation Grants
All TK-12 San Diego Unified School Teachers May Apply
Information and application available on VAPA Foundation webpage 
Deadline January 24, 2018

Bring musical theatre to middle school!

The VAPA Department, in partnership with La Jolla Playhouse and Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), is proud to be one of the first school districts to offer the national expansion of the JumpStart Theatre program. JumpStart Theatre provides middle schools, which do not currently have theatre offerings at their site, the training and materials necessary to present a musical theatre production (valued at $12,000 annually). Interested teachers, teams of three at each site (who do not need a background in theatre), will receive ongoing coaching from a mentor and a stipend.  Only three middle schools will be selected, so apply now!  Please share, especially if you have a middle school feeder that you would like to encourage!  Questions?  Contact Marjorie Treger, Theatre Resource Teacher,


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

Visual and Performing Arts Strategic Plan 2016-2021

Executive Summary
Professional Development
Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Schools
Community Engagement and Relationships

VAPA Advisory Council

  • Tuesday, January 23, 8am-3pm - Retreat, San Diego Foundation Hoffman Room
  • Monday, February 12, 4:30-6:00pm - Regular meeting, IMC
  • Monday, April 23, 4:30-6:00pm - Regular meeting, IMC
  • VAPA Advisory Council meetings are open to the public.


Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA)
Russ Sperling, Director
Instructional Media Center
2441 Cardinal Lane
San Diego, CA 92123-3798
☎ 858-256-2700
📠 858-256-2708