Visual & Performing Arts FAQ

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Q: My child is in 5th grade this year and wants to be switched from the integrated arts wheel into one of the instrumental classes. Is that possible?

A: Unfortunately your child cannot be in an instrumental class in 6th grade without previous instruction. The 6th grade classes are taught at an intermediate level and in order to ensure the success of your child, we will not place a beginner in that class.

Q: My child has his/her own instrument. Do we have to use the district-provided instrument?

A: Your child may use his/her own instrument if the VAPA teacher evaluates the instrument to be in good playing condition.

Q: Does the district allow instruments to be brought home?

A: Yes, the instruments are checked out to each student individually once the liability form is submitted to the VAPA teacher.  The student is responsible for practicing at home and bringing the instrument to school on VAPA days.

Q: I have an instrument that I would like to donate. Where can I drop it off?

A: You can contact the Curriculum & Instruction Office at (714) 628-5452 and we will gladly accept it.

Q: My child is not in 5th or 6th grade. Is my child receiving an arts education?

A: Yes. All K-4 student in OUSD are participating in Art Masters which introduces students to the elements of art by studying certain artists and then preparing a related hands-on art project in the classroom. Additionally, K-4 teachers are receiving professional development on arts integration so that students are taught their core content in conjunction with the arts.


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