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