The Arts

Howard Middle School Visual and Performing Arts Magnet

We are excited about your decision to pursue an education integrated with the arts. The Howard Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts is an OCPS magnet program which opened in August 2012. This program provides a rigorous academic curriculum with all students enrolled in advanced core courses with art integration, providing enhanced opportunities for high school and college preparation. With majors in the Visual Arts and Performing Arts, students are able to explore exciting classes that include Theatre, Dance, Visual and Digital Arts and Music.

Students will have many opportunities to share their work and talent through various exhibits, concerts, recitals, and competitions. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Orlando and near Lake Eola, Howard Middle School offers beautiful historic facilities for these performances and exhibitions. If you are interested in developing a deep understanding of the arts in an academically focused environment for your child, we welcome your child’s application for admission to our magnet program.

Beginning a middle school career is an important decision for one’s academic future. The Howard Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts offers one of the best middle school experiences available. We look forward to introducing you to our magnet program and our school.

In order to be considered for admission to the Howard Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts magnet program, each student must complete a magnet application, available electronically at