Pioneer Valley Performing Arts
Charter Public School

A Public School Dedicated to Academic and Artistic Excellence

PVPA is a regional charter public school serving 400 students grades 7-12, from over 60 towns throughout Western Massachusetts. We seek to connect the creative process with critical thinking to inspire a love of learning. As a charter public school, the work we do informs educational policy at local, state and national levels.

Academics

 

English Language Arts

PVPA’s ELA program is designed to help students develop critical thinking, an effective writing process, and strong skills in comprehension, interpretation, expression, and communication.

History & Social Science

PVPA students explore a range of historical time periods and contexts in the United States and across the globe, often through a social justice lens.

Mathematics

PVPA’s mathematics program emphasizes problem-solving, sense-making, and articulation of mathematical reasoning.

Science

Science courses at PVPA focus on developing students’ problem-solving strategies through experimental and project-based activities.

World Langauges

PVPA offers sequential programs of study in French and Spanish through which students develop a sense of confidence in using the language while laying groundwork for fluency.

Arts

 

Dance

PVPA dance classes blend skill-building in technique with creative experiences linked to improvisation and choreography.

Music

The PVPA music program is structured around three pillars: instrumental and vocal performance techniques, cultural and historical understanding, and theoretical comprehension.

Theater

The theater program at PVPA focuses on the history, theory, literature, and cultural significance of theater through performance, technique, and the creative process.

Visual Arts & Technical Theater

Through course and crew offerings in technical theater, costuming, and lighting, PVPA students apply elements and principles of design, and build technical skills that support productions behind the scenes.
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