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

Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to the following VAPA teachers who have been named Site Teacher of the Year for 2017! For more information, see

  • Teri Ang (theatre) - Mann Middle School
  • J.P. Balmat (music) - Mission Bay High School - also SDUSD High School Teacher of the Year 2017!
  • Corina Borevitz (music) - Golden Hill K-8
  • Kirk Hoffman (music) - VAPA Instrumental Music Teachers
  • John O'Donnell (music) - Pacific Beach Middle School
  • Tom Waczek (music) - E.B. Scripps Elementary School
  • Maj Xander (dance) - Montgomery Middle School

VAPA Advisory Council

The  VAPA Advisory Council will reconvene in fall of 2017. 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