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In 2023, the Verdugo Hills High School VAPA Magnet was recognized by the Magnet Schools of America as a School of Excellence. This award is an acknowledgement of our students' achievement, our innovative instructional program, our commitment to diversity, and strong community and family partnerships.

Visual and Performing Arts

VAPA: Where art changes lives!

The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Magnet is celebrating its 9th year and serves 9th-12th grade. The VAPA Magnet specializes in traditional arts and entertainment. VAPA students start with an introduction to theater, dance, music, and the visual arts. Advanced students experience depth of study in their chosen area of art. 

We offer the A-G graduation requirements, honors and Advanced Placement courses in multiple subjects. As well, we provide a personalized approach for our students as we guide them through high school years and help prepare them to be career and college ready.

ARTS EVERY YEAR: VAPA students take a minimum of one art class each year!

VAPA students have a multitude of opportunities to participate in concerts, shows, exhibits, festivals, competitions, tours, workshops, arts related field trips and our guest speaker series. 

VAPA juniors participate in an arts related job shadow and a spring showcase.

VAPA seniors participate in an arts internship and the senior showcase.

VAPA students have access to Mission College courses taught on our campus, over twenty AP courses, as well as all Verdugo Hills High School sports, clubs and student body opportunities.

VAPA's partnership with Mission College currently provides the following classes: 
Theatrical Makeup Design, Theatre History, Multimedia, Digital Editing

Video Introduction to the Verdugo Hills High School Magnets

VERDUGO VAPA Where Art Changes Lives

See us in action & learn more about Verdugo  

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The VAPA Magnet is comprised of four dynamic arts programs that are audition-free, offering daily, in-depth exploration and training as well as flexibility to concentrate on multiple arts:


performance, directing, improvisation, Shakespeare, film, design and technical production


vocal, instrumental, theory and composition, recording


ballet, modern, jazz, choreography, Dance Team

Visual Arts

painting, design, sculpture, 2D design, 3D design

Verdugo Hills High School Vapa

VAPA Highlights

During their creative journey, VAPA students have the opportunity to showcase their talents by participating in various events, concerts, exhibits and competitions.

  • Visual Arts "Trashion" Fashion Show
  • VAPA Rock Band "Live at the Roxy"
  • A Capella Singers and Jazz Choir
  • Fullerton & Valencia Jazz Festivals
  • Spring Musical
  • Pasadena Rose Parade
  • Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Fall Festival
  • Dance & Cheer Nationals in Las Vegas
  • Thespian Benefit Show
  • CA Ed. Theatre Assn. Festival
  • Arts Advocacy work in Sacramento
  • National YoungArts
  • August Wilson Monologue Competition
  • LA's Spotlight Awards
  • Music Tour in Hawaii
  • Theatre and College NYC Tour