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K. George Dee
Curriculum Leader 

Allison Schaff
Administrative Assistant

CREATE 18,  JAZZ, WINTER CONCERT SERIES POSTERSWhy should students study in the arts? Studying the arts can make students better learners, citizens, and human beings.

Visual art, music, theatre, and dance develop the 21st century competencies of critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration, citizenship, and wellness.

  • Students in the arts form judgments through objective analysis and evaluation.
  • Students in the arts look at problems or situations from a fresh perspective to conceive of something new or original.
  • Students in the arts convey and share their ideas and feelings.
  • Students in the arts work together to create something new.
  • Students in the arts contribute to their community and to our society.
  • Students in the arts understand how participation and performance/production improves their health and the health of others.

MISSION The Visual and Performing Arts Department will create, provide, and expand arts experiences that contribute to every student’s social emotional learning and foster a positive school culture.

VISION All Hampton City Schools students will have access and opportunity to participate in high quality visual and performing arts programming in their academic environment.


Why is chorus great in Hampton City Schools?

Why is band great in Hampton City Schools?

various band and chorus images throughout the schools

The National Association of Music Merchants has named our music program a Best Community for Music Education in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2019

2019 best communities for music educationOur music programs provide the following opportunities for students.

4th grade Virginia Symphony Orchestra Field Trip
5th grade Honors Music Concert
All-State Elementary Chorus

Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association events:
            Regional Orchestra
            Marching Band Assessment
            All-District Band
           All-District Band Assessment
           All-State Jazz Band
            All-State Band

chorus band guitarVirginia Choral Directors Association events:
            Honors Chorus
            All-District Chorus
            All-District Chorus Assessment
            All-State Chorus

Winter Concert Series
Music in Our Schools Month Concert Series
Secondary School Honors Music Concert
Jazz Appreciation Month Concert
Solo and Ensemble Assessment
Spring Concert Series


Why is art great in Hampton City Schools?

students in front of their artwork


Our visual arts programs provide the following opportunities for students.

Coliseum Parade Poster Contest
Jodi Nguyen 2018 Sister Cities International Art FinalistMayor’s Holiday Card 
Sister Cities Show
Youth Art Month Show
Virginia School Board Association
Create High School Art Show
Women’s Club Art Show
Gifted Art Show
Scott Taylor Congressional Art Contest
Bobby Scott Congressional Art Contest



students on stage performing

Our theatre programs provide the following opportunities for students.

One-Act Plays
Full-Length Plays and Musicals
VHSL One Act Regional/Super-Regional Festivals
Student Showcases
Community Outreach
Elementary and Middle School Mentorship
Theatre in Our Schools Month
International Thespian Society 
Virginia Thespian Conference

For information about a specific art show,
please contact your child's art teacher.

For information about a specific event,
please contact your child's music or art teacher.


Phillips Elementary School 5th Grade Falcon Band

Contact Rasan Holmes at Phillips Elementary School for more information.

phillips 5th grade band


Excel Art
Contact the Office of Academic Advancement and Enrichment for more information.

excel art show invitation


Hampton City Schools Steel Drum Ensemble
Contact Jackie Warren-Stetina at Tarrant Middle School for more information.

steel drum


Hampton City Schools Jazz Band
Contact the Fine Arts Office for more information.

Jazz ensemble

Full time art and music classes are available for every child at each elementary school. A variety of visual and performing art courses are available for every student at each middle school and high school.

MIDDLE SCHOOL Visual and Performing Art courses


HIGH SCHOOL Visual and Performing Art courses

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As stated in School Board Policy AC and GBA, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions, status as a veteran, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  

HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAB for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources and Title IX/ADA Coordinator.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review the Formal Resolution Process and/or Informal Resolution Process.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact:

Executive Director of Human Resources
Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Department of Human Resources
One Franklin Street
Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 727-2300



Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper,


HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.

Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites.  HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.


The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

  • To download this free program, visit the Adobe website.
  • To read PDF documents with a screen reader, please link to the Access Adobe website, which provides useful tools and resources.

Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

  • A description of the accessibility concern or question;
  • The webpage address of the requested material;
  • The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;
  • The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.