Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VAPA)


Academy Head: Tricia Gooley
Phone: 301-962-4494

VAPA Logo Small CropThe Academy of Visual and Performing Arts strives to instill students with a lifelong involvement and appreciation of the arts.    Our mission is to foster a high level of achievement in the performing and visual arts disciplines’.  We to empower students to develop and achieve their creative and expressive potential in the arts.  In order to receive a Visual and Performing Arts Academy certificate, students must earn a minimum of 3 fine art credits, develop a portfolio, and participate in the senior capstone project.


Music Department - Phone: 301-962-4495

  • Brendan Kelly (Concert band, Orchestra, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Ensemble, Piano)
  • David Cannon (AP Music Theory, Music Theory, Guitar, Music Technology, Piano)

Chorus Department - Phone: 301-962-1028

  • Peter Smealie (Chambers Chorus, Concert Chorus)

Theatre Department Phone: 301-962-1028

  • Peter Smeallie (Theatre I & II, Acting, IB Theatre, Musical Theatre, Stage Design)

Dance Department - Phone: 301-929-4494

  • Tricia Gooley (Dance As A Fine Art, Dance as PE, Dance 2, Dance 3 (Jr. Dance Company & Dance Company)

Visual Art Department - Phone: 301-962-1053

  • Sarah Harnish (AP Studio Art, Studio Art, Drawing and Design)
  • Michael Metzner (Ceramics I & II, Dark Room Photography)
  • Tom Ruttkay (Digital Art, Digital Photography, Dark Room Photography)
  • Dustine Hayes (Foundations of Art, IB Art, Drawing & Design, Ceramics)
  • Issac McElheny (Ceramics)

VAPA Class of 2016

VAPA Class of 16