Specialty Center for the Arts

Express... Excite... Excel! 



Our brand new state-of-the-art sound system in our auditorium has been installed and it is up and running! 


  • During the school year when non-standard days occur, parents will need to make arrangements to provide immediate transportation home as supervision will not be available.
  • All students who stay for the late activities bus will wait in room 121 (near door 2)

The Visual and Performing Arts Specialty Center attracts students from every part of Chesterfield County who are highly interested and talented in music, theatre, dance or visual arts. Students explore and expand their creative potential in an exciting and unique arts community within a fully comprehensive high school, which offers many advantages such as a wide range of academic and arts classes, clubs, sports, and service organizations. 

The program is designed to provide a well-rounded education with excellent core academic classes suited to each student's needs (including honors, AP, dual enrollment) coupled with a challenging honors arts curriculum in order to prepare students for excellent collegiate and professional opportunities.


The program offers:

  • Intensive instruction in the student's chosen area of theatre, music, visual arts or dance
  • Accelerated courses in the arts as well as core academic areas (including AP and John Tyler Comm. College dual enrollment courses)
  • High level performance opportunities for students
  • Many residencies, master classes and internships for students with professional artists and arts organizations of regional and international importance (see extensive list)


state-of-the-art auditorium

black box theatre

soundproof music practice rooms

VMEA Blue Ribbon School for Music

art and music technology labs

visual arts open studio

full graphics art lab with Adobe CS6

visual arts open studio

full size Darkroom

Art Club

Specialty Center Reception Room

National Art Honor Society

special English courses with arts integration

guest artists

Theatre Production courses

Tri-M Music Honor Society

National Honors Society of Dance Arts

variety of World Languages offered: Japanese, Latin, German, Spanish, French

3626 W. Hundred Road, Chester, Virginia | 804.768.6245

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