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


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