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SFHS School Of Arts Logo with pictures representing each departmentPurpose: To provide high school Visual Arts students of Cumberland County with in-depth artistic preparation in the various visual disciplines.
Participation: Participation in the Arts Academy is open to all high school students in Cumberland County. Students must meet all requirements for the 71st Arts Academy.

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have taken a Visual Art class the previous year in school.
  • Must submit 2 letters of recommendation. One must be from a previous visual arts teacher.

Students must present an art portfolio that includes the following:

  • 10-15 pieces of work that exhibit the use of a variety of media such as drawings, paintings, pottery, pastels, or sculptures.
  • Work that exhibits a variety of subject matter.
  • Work that exhibits advanced skill and techniques.
  • Work that exhibits creativity and originality.
  • Work that exhibits drawings of subjects from life.

Continuing Requirements:

  •  Participating students must maintain a 3.0 average in art classes while in the program.
  • Students will be expected to demonstrate proper behavior within the entire educational environment.
  • Students may continue to participate as long as they complete all requirements of the program.
  • Each student will be required to take at least one visual art class per year and fulfil all of the requirements. Students are expected to take at least one additional class in the arts sometime during their four-year high school career.
  • All Academy students will be required to participate in at least 2 out-of-school (community or state) displays or contests during each year that they are enrolled in the Academy.
  • Senior art students receiving an Academy diploma will be required to produce a senior show to be exhibited at a specified location.

Students meet on Mondays at 3:45—4:45 pm to focus on individual growth, portfolio development, college searches and National Art Honor Society Community service.


  • Participate in an informal interview.
  • Prepare and participate in their portfolio presentation.
  • Provide proof through teacher feedback and report cards that they are maintaining and meeting the standards and requirements of the Visual Arts Academy.

Classes: Visual arts classes offered in Cumberland County are:

  •  Art I
  • Art II
  • Art III
  • Art Honors III
  • Art IV
  • Art Honors IV
  • AP Studio Art
  • AP Art History
  • Photography I & II

Travel, Enrichment & Honors: Academy participants will be given an opportunity to participate in special educational trips and performances to enhance their artistic knowledge. Students will receive special recognition at graduation from the Arts Academy.

Published by Betty Houghtaling on June 3, 2019

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