Visual and Performing Arts Academy

  • Larkin High School is the home of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Students with special interests dance, music, visual art or drama will flourish in this program. While the program has a focus on the arts, it centers on educating the whole student.

    The District U-46 Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPAA) is available to any eighth grade student within the district. Students are invited to apply for admissions into this four-year performance-based program in the focus areas of dance, drama, visual arts and vocal and instrumental music.

    The Visual and Performing Arts Academy allows students to:
    • Explore a wide variety of arts areas 
    • Focus in-depth on one area/skill  
    • Develop and express their talents through performance and presentation 
    • Create in a supportive, nurturing environment 
    • Experience the interconnection between art and the world around them

    The mission of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy is to provide students with a comprehensive arts-based education. This academy uses multiple approaches to learning that addresses problem-solving skills, the creative process, and imagination through a focus on the fine arts. 

    The Academy has been recognized by the Grammy Foundation as a 2000-2001 Grammy Signature School for its excellence in music education and by the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education as the 2000 Service Recognition Award winner for the VPAA program.