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Message From Our Principal

We welcome you to Rockdale Visual & Performing Arts Magnet. At Rockdale VAPA Magnet we go beyond test scores to measure our students' success. While we have a visual and performing arts focus, it is imperative that we educate the whole child - to ensure not just the academic success of our students, but also their social and emotional well-being.

We provide our students with a safe and nurturing school environment, rigorous learning in all academic areas, and quality instruction in and through the arts.  We are focused on developing students who are proficient readers, writers, critical thinkers, and curious life-long learners.  Most importantly, we hope to provide our students with multiple opportunities to create their own meaning.  By fostering a community within our school where authentic arts integration takes place, we can meet and exceed expectations set forth by the Common Core State Standards and support a culture of true inquiry and learning.

The arts program is alive and well at Rockdale VAPA Magnet, and our students benefit greatly from having a well-rounded curriculum. With credentialed arts experts and partnerships with GRoW @ The Wallis, Barnsdall Art Park, Garden School Foundation, and LA Opera, we strive to provide students with arts instruction in drama, visual arts, dance and music.  Our partners have included DreamWorks Television, The Huntington, the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate and Cedars Sinai Share & Care program to provide enrichment and support for our students’ social-emotional well-being and support for our families. 

Classroom teachers work collaboratively to bring the ArtsWheel program to our students, as well. The ArtsWheel lessons ensure that every student has on-going and consistent instruction in the foundational skills of the various arts disciplines.  Classroom teachers  integrate these processes into the teaching and learning of grade level curriculum and standards. 

Our community is diverse, creative and committed.  Our parents and caregivers are involved in a variety of ways, through the PTA, councils and committees, volunteering and fundraising. To find out more about volunteering and begin the application process click here. It's important that our children see the home and the school as a team, working together to help them succeed. 


Stefani Williams, Principal

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