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Los Angeles COE |  BP  6142.6  Instruction

Visual And Performing Arts Education   

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The County Board believes that visual and performing arts are essential to a well-rounded educational program and should be an integral part of the course of study offered to students at all grade levels. LACOE's arts education program shall be designed to foster students' artistic competencies, cultivate students' appreciation and understanding of the arts in ways that are enjoyable, fulfilling, and transferable to students' personal, academic, and professional endeavors, and support students to fully engage in lifelong arts learning.

In support to Common Core, as well as to specific core areas of study, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) lesson plans will be offered to teachers via newsletter, trainings, and by meeting the VAPA designee in an Adobe Connect classroom for individual concerns. The Visual and Performing Arts will also serve as a strong facet to the Academic Bowl for the Division of Student Programs and to the Very Special Arts Festival for the Division of Special Education.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

The County Board shall adopt academic standards for dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts that lead to artistic literacy and promote access and equity in the arts. Standards shall describe the skills, knowledge, and abilities that students are expected to possess and will meet or exceed state content standards.

(cf. 0415 - Equity)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

The County Superintendent or designee will follow curriculum designed to support the state VAPA framework that encompass the following artistic processes:

1. Creating: conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work

2. Performing/producing/presenting: realizing artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation

3. Responding: understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning

4. Connecting: relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external content

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

The County Board shall adopt standards-based instructional materials for visual and performing arts. In addition, the County Board encourages teachers to incorporate a variety of media and technologies into lessons, presentations, and explorations in each of the arts disciplines.

(cf. 0440 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161 - Equipment, Books and Materials)

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.11 - Supplementary Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.3 - Toxic Art Materials)

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

(cf. 6163.1 - Library Media Centers)

The County Superintendent or designee will provide a standards-based professional development program designed to increase teachers' knowledge of and ability to teach the arts and to implement LACOE's arts education program.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

The County Superintendent or designee will encourage, as a supplement to teacher instruction, the integration of community arts resources into the educational program. Such resources may include opportunities for students to attend musical and theatrical performances, observe the works of accomplished artists, and work directly with artists-in-residence and volunteers. In addition, the County Superintendent or designee may collaborate with community organizations to share resources and seek grant opportunities.

(cf. 1230 - School-Connected Organizations)

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 1260 - Educational Foundation)

(cf. 1700 - Relations between Private Industry and the Schools)

(cf. 3290 - Gifts, Grants and Bequests)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

(cf. 6153 - School-Sponsored Trips)

The County Superintendent or designee will regularly evaluate and report to the County Board regarding the implementation of LACOE's arts education and program effectiveness in enabling students to meet academic standards.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

Legal Reference:


8820-8830 Arts Work Visual and Performing Arts Educational Program

8950-8957 California summer school for the arts

32060-32066 Toxic art supplies

35330 Field trips

51210 Course of study, grades 1-6

51220 Course of study, grades 7-12

51225.3 Graduation requirements

58800-58805 Specialized secondary programs

60200-60203 Instructional materials, elementary schools

60400-60411 Instructional materials, high schools

99200-99204 Subject matter projects


SB 77, Ch. 171, Statutes of 2007, Item 6110-265-0001 Arts and music block grant

Management Resources:


Parents' Guide to the Visual and Performing Arts in California Public Schools


Maximizing School Board Leadership: Curriculum Development, 1996


California Arts Framework for Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve

California Arts Standards for Public Schools, Prekindergarten through Grade Twelve, January 2019



Arts Education Partnership:

California Alliance for Arts Education:

California Arts Council:

California Art Education Association:

California Association for Music Education:

California Music Education Association:

California Dance Education Association:

California Department of Education, Visual and Performing Arts:

California Educational Theatre Association:

The California Arts Project:


adopted: October 15, 2019 Downey, California