Principal's Message

Principal Kimberly Beckler
Welcome to Howard Middle School Academy of Arts!

Howard Middle School Academy of Arts is a visual and performing arts magnet school located in the heart of downtown Orlando.  While the magnet began in 2012, we are now in our second year of being a zoneless school, with 100% of new students being enrolled through the magnet program.  Students come to Howard from all over Orange County, with our current 6th graders coming to us from over 90 different elementary schools.

In addition to providing a strong academic focus, our curriculum and programs are designed to enrich, inspire, and support students who have a demonstrated interest and/or ability in the visual and performing arts.    We offer beginning through advanced course opportunities in theatre, dance, chorus, band, orchestra, piano, guitar, visual art, and digital art.   While many OCPS schools offer similar classes in these areas, our school is designed specifically for students who are seeking a middle school experience where the arts are the primary focus.

Currently, all enrollment at Howard is lottery based, and is coordinated through the School Choice Department.   Auditions are then held after registration for students interested in intermediate through advanced dance and/or music coursework to ensure appropriate class placement.   If you have a student who would thrive in an all arts focused environment and you would like more information about our enrollment process, please contact the OCPS magnet office at School Choice Services at 407-317-3484 or by email at

 Kimberly Beckler
Howard Academy of Arts


We appreciate your support in keeping our students safe.  It is imperative that no students are dropped off at school prior to 9:00 am unless they are participating in All Stars or another supervised activity.  

Dismissal is at 3:57 (except Wednesdays which is at 2:54), with parent pick up occurring on the track across from the school.  For safety reasons, cars should refrain from picking up students on the side streets of Jefferson and Hyer, and should not enter the teacher parking lot on Hyer, or the lots of neighboring businesses.  Parents are asked to enter from the West side of the track (near Summerlin), and to use the right land of the track to pull around to the West side pick-up spot.  The left lane of the track is to be used for passing only.  The teacher work day and their ability to support with supervision ends at 4:05 (unless there is a specific sponsored activity or event), so it is imperative that students are picked up promptly at dismissal.  Student safety is our highest priority!


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If you are having trouble setting up your Skyward access through Launchpad or are not seeing all of your children when you login into Skyward, please complete the form linked below. There will be a collection location setup during meet the teacher. If you're unable to attend meet the teacher, complete the form and submit it electronically to our registrar, Caprice Mackemer. We apologize for any inconvenience and will partner with the district office to resolve these issues in a timely manner.