All County Drama Day: Inspiring Students to Pursue Their Passions

All County Drama Day 2016Middle and high school drama students from around the county gathered on October 21 for improv and some fabulous performances at Monticello High School, thanks to the organizational skills and hosting of Madeline Michel.

Throughout the day, drama students from Albemarle and Monticello high schools lead improv activities through such games as Freeze, Validate, Party Quirks, and Park Bench. Hilarity ensued as students got acquainted with one another amidst enthusiastic audience participation. Continue reading

Interested in Playing in a Concert Band?

Concert BandIf you enjoy making music with others, consider joining the Concert Band for Albemarle County Public Schools and Local Government employees! All ability levels are welcome, with or without performance experience. Join us on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 at Burley Middle School.

Interested? Want more information? Please contact Jean Flaherty at

Tuesday Evening Concert Series Offering One Free Children’s Concert in 2016-17

TECS Free Children's ConcertTuesday Evening Concert Series is offering one free children’s concert (Tempest Trio) for the 2016-17 school year (grades 1-8):

Schools are invited to request seats to this one-hour special concert at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center on Wednesday morning, October 5, 2016. Reservations will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay. Reservation form »

Mockingbird Music Education Grant – Apply by August 1

Mockingbird-FoundationThe Mockingbird Foundation offers competitive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations that effect improvements in music education for children. Grants range in size from $100 to $5,000, are made on a one-time basis, and are non-renewable and non-transferable. Submission of initial inquiries occurs through an online form, which is due by August 1 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Learn about funding guidelines and the application process »

Registration Now Open for the Summer Fine Arts Academy

Albemarle County Public Schools’ Summer Fine Arts Academy provides students from our region an opportunity to spend an extended period of time studying a field of art of their choice under the direction of a highly qualified and engaging teacher. Culminating in a public performance or display at a local venue, students can choose from jazz studies, creative writing, visual art, drama/playwriting, choral performance, or rock/rap. Learn more »

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The Adventures of Robin Hood – October 6 (Grades 3-8)

Robin Hood at the ParamountThe Paramount Theater presents The Adventures of Robin Hood on Monday, October 6, at 12:30 p.m. This performance is perfect for upper elementary and middle school grade levels (grades 3-8). The performance offers Curriculum Connections to the concepts of benevolence, abuse of power, working to right wrongs, fairness, and morality. Continue reading

Summer Fine Arts Academy Now Accepting Registrations

Fine Arts LogoACPS is launching its first Fine Arts Academy this summer from July 21-25! Students currently in grades 6-11 (rising 7th – 12th graders for 2014-15) can choose to spend their week focused on art, creative writing, dance, drama, choir, or jazz band. The registration fee is $100 for all sessions that run from 9 a.m. to noon. Art students have the option of adding three hours to their class for an additional $50. A limited amount of financial aid is available. Registration is now open! View the academy flyer for more information. Read our press release >>>

2014 ACTION! High School Director Competition

VA Film FestivalThe Virginia Film Festival (VFF) encourages students to take their passion for filmmaking and create an entry for ACTION!, the VFF’s High School Director Competition. The 2014 ACTION! Competition is open to rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who are current residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia. One Grand Prize winner will receive a check for $1,000, and two runners-up will each receive a check for $500. Complete applications with accompanying films must be postmarked or delivered by Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Learn more >>>